Reuters launches mobile-first news video service, Africa Journal

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LONDON – September 19, 2018 – Reuters announced today it is expanding its African video offering with a mobile-first news video service, Africa Journal.

Africa Journal tells the stories of today’s Africa from a local and global perspective, bringing together the best of Reuters unrivalled pan-African coverage through comprehensive video reporting. This format reflects growing mobile and digital consumption of news on the continent.

Launching this week, it is available to broadcasters and digital publishers through a series of daily ready-to-publish video packages, offering the best of Reuters lifestyle, social, entertainment and sports news, alongside its authoritative general news, business and political coverage.

The new service – developed in response to feedback from clients across the continent – provides an unmatched quality and quantity of video footage, narrated in English, provided in digital-friendly formats and available in short, bite-sized edits.

It brings the best of Africa to African audiences, as well as putting the continent ‘center stage’ globally, where Africa Journal will provide international news organizations and digital publishers with unique insights and perspectives from the continent that they’ve been reporting on for over 150 years.

Serena Chaudhry, Editor, Africa Journal, said: “Reuters covers Africa more completely than any other international news agency, and through African Journal we’re drawing on our journalistic expertise to offer a fresh way to report African news – both in Africa and worldwide. The growth of the African digital mobile audience has been phenomenal and with the launch of Africa Journal, Reuters is providing an exciting product to tap into this very lively market. Our stories are ready-to-publish for digital, broadcast and online platforms. We have a wide footprint across the continent to report on all the latest news, covering everything from science and technology to arts and culture, politics and business. Africa is the world's fastest-growing region and Africa Journal will showcase what a diverse and vibrant continent it is through a wide range of multimedia stories."

Recent Africa Journal reports which illustrate the breadth of coverage and stories include: a South African artist celebrating women through his work; a report inside Sierra Leone’s chimpanzee sanctuary; how boxing remains the best hope for some Ghanaians; the cashew crisis in Ivory Coast and AB InBev eyes Africa with Nigerian brewery.

Further details on Africa Journal can be found here: https://agency.reuters.com/en/africa-packages.html.

The move follows the strengthening of Reuters editorial coverage of Africa, with new appointments including former sub-Saharan bureau chief Ed Cropley’s move to become Breakingviews columnist focusing on Africa: https://www.reuters.com/article/rpb-cropley/reuters-appoints-ed-cropley-as-first-breakingviews-columnist-for-africa-idUSKCN1LD1FU and the addition of three new roles in sub-Sahran Africa earlier this year:
https://www.reuters.com/article/rpb-africa/reuters-appoints-new-business-and-companies-correspondents-in-africa-idUSKBN1GV22J

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