Ngurumo, a famous Tanzanian blogger, claimed during the Digital Indaba
Citizen (a great workshop held before Highway see http://dci.ru.ac.za)
that “Africa’s best stories remain untold because journalists and
bloggers have focused on urban areas and neglected rural areas. Read the full article on the Web2forDev blog.
African journalists will no longer accept being taken for granted by those in power. This is the underlying mood of many of the 600-plus African journalists – comprising the biggest gathering of African journalists on the continent – attending the Highway Africa conference hosted by the Rhodes University School of Journalism. Full article on the The Herald Online.
Prof. Fackson Banda, the acting Head of school of Journalism, Rhodes
University spoke to Brenda Zulu and Zachary Ochieng on the quality and
professionalism in journalism as well as Highway Africa’s achievements and challenges to date. Read the full article and Brenda Zulu’s many ICT-related articles on her blog: http://brendait.blogspot.com
Mohamed Nanabhay from Qatar’s Al Jazeera and Vincent Maher from South Africa’s Mail & Guardian argue that the adoption by mainstream media of “social media” is what will reload citizen journalism. This is the note on which the Digital Citizen Indaba conference about blogging came to an end.
Here‘s a video interview with
Vincent Maher, blogging connoisseur, recently interviewed by the Zoopy online video team in Grahamstown, South Africa. The Zoopy team is taping all the interventions at this year’s Highway Africa conference and Digital Citizen Indaba, conferences about media and blogging. Vincent Maher from the Mail & Guardian Online has delivered a strong message yesterday. Here is a more toned-down interview, full of nice insights.
I neared the press scrum. Really looked
like some big wig was being interviewed. A South African minister? A popular
news anchor, a role model for the many media students here at the Highway
Africa conference? In the middle of the crowd, gathered on September 10, the
first day of the biggest African conference on media and journalism, was Geoff
Nyarota. Anyone know him?
The issue of content production and representativeness is important
within African news production. In her presentation at the 2007 Digital
Citizen Indaba conference in Grahamstown on Sunday, the chairperson of
LinuxChix in South Africa, Anna Badimo, highlighted the need for new
approaches in African news production. APC Africa-Women coordinator
Sylvie Niombo explained that content in the mainstream media ignores
lived realities of women. Full article here.
On September 9, we were on the road. The Digital Citizen Indaba (DCI), a one-day event about blogging in Africa got under way. But more than making a diary simply public, discussions started by asking why vloggers, photobloggers and bloggers actually blog.
Online campaign for British care workers shut down. New international campaign springs up to take its place.
The Labourstart campaign to get justice for care workers in London who have had their wages cut and their sick pay removed has had to go international as the employer put pressure on their internet service provider to close down the campaign site.
Workers employed in care homes in north London (UK) have been told by their employer — a private company called Fremantle — that their wages are being cut by 30%, their hours are being increased, their sick pay will be a thing of the past, and their pensions are being reduced. Their union, Unison, is calling for an international campaign of support for those workers. This campaign is from LabourStart in the UK.