Despite the expanding links between the two regions, media reporting has often been inadequate or polarised, either portraying China as an exploiting predator or a benign development partner.
The project aims to encourage balanced and considered reporting as the topic of China-Africa relations is further entrenched in the editorial narrative of both regions.
The Wits China-Africa Reporting Project offers reporting grants to African and Chinese journalists to investigate the complex dynamics behind China’s presence in Africa and uncover the untold stories.
It also encourages collaborative reporting projects for Chinese and African journalists and recently facilitated three-month environmental journalism fellowships for two Chinese journalists to South Africa to report on the environmental challenges affecting the two regions.
The project runs a Reporting on China Honours research group and offers bursaries to Masters students for research into media responses to China’s engagement with Africa.