Looking for free content for your online news outlet? You might want to check The Conversation Africa


Great content can sometimes be hard to come by, and with few media organizations in Africa possessing the resources required to engage foreign correspondents, a new site might just be the what many need. The Conversation Africa is a news and analysis website which is a collaboration between African and international academics and their editors, who are journalists. It’s a Creative Commons website – so it’s free to republish any of the articles on the site – and it is a great source of expert opinion that is edited for the general reader in mind.

The Conversation Africa launched in May as part of the global group (with sister websites in the US, the UK, Australia and France) and are regularly picked up by publishers such as the Guardian, CNN and Time magazine, among others.

Take a look at the website – https://theconversation.com/africa – and see which articles you might be interested in republishing. The site just asks that you follow its guidelines – https://theconversation.com/africa/republishing-guidelines – which includes attributing the academic, their university and The Conversation Africa and linking back to the original story. You can pick up a tracking code on individual articles, which is a small string of code that will go into the HTML coding on your website (those instructions are attached).

Some recent pieces which might be of interest are:

How toxic leaders destroy people as well as organisations

Why reaching and staying middle class is a lifetime challenge

Four common myths about exercise and weight loss

Why the UN isn’t winning its battle against sexual abuse by peacekeepers

How the rise in ethnic tensions at Kenya’s universities is hurting the academy
To pick up the tracking code:
1. Go to article page. For example https://theconversation.com/how-africa-can-instil-entrepreneurship-as-a-tool-of-development-47393

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2. Click on the Republish button, which is on the right side of the screen.



3. You will see a pop-up screen. Click the Advanced tab on the pop-up screen.

4. In the Advanced tab, you will find the small string of code in the top window. In the above example, it is this: <img alt=”The Conversation” height=”1″ src=”https://counter.theconversation.edu.au/content/47393/count.gif” width=”1″ />

5. Insert into HTML for story.