APCNews No. 78 September 2007

SPECIAL EDITIONEDITION SPECIALE HIGHWAY AFRICA

*APCNews, the monthly newsletter of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC)* – September 2007 No. 78 –

Quality and professionalism in journalism and the media is this year’s theme of Highway Africa. After ten years of looking into journalism in “the information society”, the most important African journalism event turned 11. Does this maturity call for more professionalism in media practice?

APC was on the ground in Grahamstown, South Africa, to participate in the event. A small team reported on the state of African blogging and the way in which Africa’s upcoming generation of media movers and shakers are using information and communication technologies (ICTs).

This year’s Highway Africa lasted from September 10 to 12 and was preceded by the second edition of the Digital Citizen Indaba, a blogging-specific one-day gathering. More than 600 participants came from East, West and Southern African countries to speak at presentations, launch books and network. Some even walked away with an award…

APC presented a national broadband internet study, talked about our efforts to lower the price and increase access to internet in Africa and held a workshop on digital storytelling. Enjoy this special edition of APCNews in English and French.

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La qualité et le professionnalisme en journalisme et dans les médias étaient le thème de cette année à Highway Africa. Après dix ans à s’intéresser au journalisme dans “ la société de l’information “, le plus important événement sur le journalisme en Afrique atteint ses onze ans. Cet “ âge avancé “ fait-il appel à plus de professionnalisme dans la pratique médiatique?

APC était sur le terrain à Grahamstown en Afrique du Sud pour participer à l‘événement. Une petite équipe a d’ailleurs couvert l‘état du blogage en Afrique, ainsi que la façon par laquelle la génération montante de travailleurs des médias africains utilisent les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC).

Highway Africa a eu lieu du 10 au 12 septembre cette année et fut précédée de la seconde édition de Digital Citizen Indaba, une rencontre d’une journée spécifiquement axée sur le blogage. Plus de 600 participants sont venus de l’Afrique de l’Est, de l’Ouest, puis du Sud pour présenter, lancer un livre et/ou réseauter. Certains sont même repartis avec un prix d’excellence…

APC a présenté une étude nationale sur la large bande internet, exposé ses efforts destinés à baisser le prix et augmenter l’accès à l’internet haute vitesse en Afrique et, tenu un atelier sur les récits numériques. Bonne lecture de cette édition spéciale d’APCNouvelles en anglais et français.

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HIGHWAY AFRICA en français: Internet en RDC : “ Ça nous prend 50 millions “

Frédéric Dubois (Blogue d’APC) 13/09/2007 — La RDC est l’un des seuls pays d’Afrique qui ne profite pas encore pleinement de l’explosion des technologies internet. L’homme qui se propose de mettre tout en œuvre afin que la RDC rattrape son retard était présent lors de la onzième édition de la conférence Highway Africa afin de présenter les grandes lignes d’une étude faisabilité qu’il a aidé à monter.
http://blogue.apc.org/fr/index.shtml?x=5202453

HIGHWAY AFRICA: Internet Forum – Continent to send 20 delegates

Remmy Nweke (Daily Champion, Nigeria) 13/09/2007 — Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Africa are to send a 20-member delegation to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November 2007 to ensure that the African voices are heard. Speaking on behalf of the CSOs, Natasha Primo of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) said that the essence of bringing the crusade to the largest gathering of journalists on the continent was to guarantee that African communicators were not left out.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5202495

HIGHWAY AFRICA: Looking for literature? Free software lit now easy to find

Frédéric Dubois (APC.org) 09/12/2007 — Launched on September 11 by Arnold Pietersen of the South African organisation CECS, the Free knowledge for ICT Literacy portal will act as a guide for people who are looking for “the best information available on and for ICT training”. Pietersen’s enthusiastic launch took place at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, in front of a small but enthusiastic audience attending the 2007 edition of the Highway Africa conference.
http://www.apc.org/english/news/index.shtml?x=5201503

HIGHWAY AFRICA en français: Journalistes primés à Highway Africa

Frédéric Dubois et Hippolyte Djiwan (Blogue d’APC) 12/09/2007 — Les meilleurs journalistes et reporters TIC d’Afrique ont été récompensés le mardi 11 septembre par Highway Africa. SABC, la radio et télédiffusion publique sud-africain, principal commanditaire de la conférence Highway Africa, a officiellement remis des prix pour souligner l’excellence journalistique et l’utilisation novatrice des technologies de l’information et de la communication par la génération montante.
http://blogue.apc.org/fr/index.shtml?x=5202113

HIGHWAY AFRICA: Soweto Uprisings wins a new media award

Fazila Farouk (APC Blog) 12/09/2007 — Ismail Farouk scooped the winning prize in the “individual” category of the Highway Africa New Media Award 2007, for his website Soweto Uprisings – www.sowetouprisings.com, which he describes as a “Google maps mash up”.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5202119

HIGHWAY AFRICA en français: “ La technologie mobile ramène le journalisme dans la rue “

Noel Tadégnon (Mediatictogo) 12/09/2007 — La téléphonie mobile connaît une croissance phénoménale avec 2,5 milliards d’utilisateurs dans le monde et 200 millions en Afrique, selon le Dr Peter Benjamin de l’ONG Cell Life, basée en Afrique du Sud. Avec cette évolution de la technologie mobile, tout le monde peut faire des reportages avec son téléphone portable aux quatre coins du globe. Ce qui fait dire à Peter Verweij, professeur à l’université d’Utrecht en Hollande que “ la technologie mobile ramène le journalisme dans la rue “.
http://blogue.apc.org/fr/index.shtml?x=5202083

HIGHWAY AFRICA en français: Pas de chichi, que des histoires numériques

Frédéric Dubois (Blogue d’APC) 11/09/2007 — Les histoires numériques, vous connaissez? Je vous explique. Vous vous assoyez devant un ordinateur, pensez à une histoire qui vous touche et vous fait vibrer, puis vous pondez un scénario. Un scénario de film, pour être précis. Quelques heures plus tard, vous levez le regard sur votre écran. Puis là, vous récoltez un bon petit film de votre cru… Enfin presque.
http://blogue.apc.org/fr/index.shtml?x=5200595

HIGHWAY AFRICA: Women in the African newsroom

Frédéric Dubois (APC blog) 11/09/2007 — Kristin Palitza of Agenda Magazine was the chair of a discussion panel on gender and the media today, September 11 2007, in Grahamstown, South Africa. Unlike most of the other panels at Highway Africa, this one lined up three women and no man. Certainly a rather critical one in an event where only 15 out of 55 speakers are women.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5200807

HIGHWAY AFRICA: Highway Africa talks training

Candice Jones (ITWeb, South Africa) 11/09/2007 — The Highway Africa 2007 Conference kicked off yesterday, with an opening discussion on the conference theme: excellence in journalism and, journalism as a profession on the African continent.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5200527

DIGITAL CITIZEN INDABA: Journalists need to “villagise” internet

Sarah Bel (Web2forDev blog) 11/09/2007 — Ansbert Ngurumo, a famous Tanzanian blogger, claimed during the Digital Indaba Citizen – dci.ru.ac.za – that “Africa’s best stories remain untold because journalists and bloggers have focused on urban areas and neglected rural areas.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5200518

HIGHWAY AFRICA: African journalists refuse to be taken for granted

Mike Loewe (The Herald Online, South Africa) 11/09/2007 — 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.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5199774

HIGHWAY AFRICA: Quality and professionalism in journalism

Brenda Zulu (brendait.blogspot.com, Zambia) 11/09/2007 — Professor Fackson Banda, the acting Head of the 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.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5199712

DIGITAL CITIZEN INDABA: Journalists will not blog until they receive
feedback

Frédéric Dubois (APC Blog) 10/09/2007 — 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.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5198296

DIGITAL CITIZEN INDABA: Video – “Blogging IS journalism”

Frédéric Dubois (APC Blog) 10/09/2007 — 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.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5198107

DIGITAL CITIZEN INDABA: Challenges of content within the blogosphere in Africa

Arthur Chatora (thoughtleader.co.za, South Africa) 10/09/2007 — 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.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5197859

HIGHWAY AFRICA: Against the grain

Frédéric Dubois (APC Blog) 10/09/2007 — 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 Geoffrey Nyarota. Anyone know him?
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5198055

DIGITAL CITIZEN INDABA: Why I blog

Frédéric Dubois (APC Blog) 10/09/2007 — On September 9, we were on the road. The Digital Citizen Indaba, 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.
http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5197810

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