Friday, August 21, 2009

Digital Voices to Reconstruct Communities

We are a few weeks away of the largest journalism conference in Africa and with an exciting line up of speakers and presenters it is surely going to be one not to be missed. Highway Africa is an annual conference that takes place in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape South Africa. More about Highway Africa on the website:

"Highway Africa is a partnership between Rhodes University (School of Journalism and Media Studies) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), with the support of several partners, development agencies and sponsors.

For eleven years the Highway Africa conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism and new media. The conference has over the years become the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world (701 in 2007). In the last four years Highway Africa has evolved into a multi-pronged programme with the following components:

Research: mapping the terrain of the challenges of the interface of technology, journalism and the media

Education and Training: responding to the gaps identified in the research this project makes a practical intervention by re-skilling, upskilling, educating and training journalists.

News Agency: a niche news agency with a network of correspondents across the continent it offers weekly news digest on ICT developments in Africa

Conference: the flagship of the programme, it is the forum for critical reflection on journalism, media and technology and a celebration of Africa"

Last year I had an opportunity to present at the Digital Citizen Indaba conference introducing the Reconstructed Programme with co-presenter Brent Williams and it was really an amazing experience meeting such great individuals passionate about journalism and media.

This year I will be presenting a workshop on Digital Voices to Reconstruct Communities as part of the fourth Digital Citizens Indaba. The programme for the DCI 4.0 is exciting and I am honoured to be part of such a wonderful panel of speakers and presenters.

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