The team at Amjambo Africa is grateful for this recognition from the Media and Democracy Project. It’s a nice 5th year birthday present!

Media and Democracy Project

The Media and Democracy Project has created a Local Journalism Bright Spot Award to recognize exemplars of local reporting. We are delighted to let you know that at our 2023 meeting, our members voted to award this to Amjambo Africa.

— Co-founder Jonathan Reiss

We are proud to be among 21 news outlets in Maine listed in the Media and Democracy Project Journalism Directory. The directory celebrates “quality, community-focused journalism” and outlets that contribute “to a better informed citizenry, the bedrock of a strong democracy…that hold the powerful to account, report the perspectives of marginalized communities, and seeks to verify truth rather than push false objectivity.”

The Media and Democracy Project was founded in 2020 and is non-partisan.

2023 was a busy year for Amjambo Africa, which is a program of the nonprofit Ladder to the Moon Network. We were featured in the Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald, Down East Magazine, Greenlight Maine: Elevating Voices. We also received a Black Excellence Award from Third Place. We launched two podcasts, one in French, and another in Kinyarwanda/Kirundi.

Our newsroom is on the cusp of significant expansion – provided we earn adequate funding – with five talented freelancers waiting in the wings to come on board. These five are originally from Burundi, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and Louisiana, and bring unique perspectives and skills to our organization.

However we need community support to grow. We are in the unique position of being a nonprofit, but not qualifying for service-oriented grants, because we are not a direct-service organization. Instead, our work is informing the public, the service providers, legislators, and policy makers, so they can do their work effectively.

If you have ideas or would like to offer support as we head into 2024, please contact: Georges Budagu Makoko at [email protected] or Kathreen Harrison at [email protected]