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APC launches new book on WSIS, developing countries and civil society: Time for lessons learned

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 12 September 2007 (APCNews)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has been roundly criticised in the past and this new study from APC concludes that the summit “is not the best starting point for new action.” So, what is the point of looking at how developing country delegations and civil society fared at the summit? Because, says the author “it is always important to learn from experience – particularly where it did not deliver up to expectations.”

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Highway Africa talks training


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. Read the full article on ITWeb.

Journalists need to “villagise” Internet

Ngurumo, a famous Tanzanian blogger, claimed during the Digital Indaba
Citizen (a great workshop held before Highway see
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 refuse to be taken for granted


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.

Quality and Professionalism in Journalism


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:

APC at Highway Africa & Digital Citizen Indaba 2007

GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 11 September 2007 (APC blog)

Highway Africa is where more than 600 African journalists gathered between September 10 and 12 in Grahamstown, South Africa. The conference was preceeded by the second Digital Citizen Indaba on blogging which was held at Rhodes University, same location, on September 10. Keep track of the debates on excellence in journalism, and issues such as community media and gender and media in Africa as APC blogs.

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Journalists will not blog until they receive feedback


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.

VIDEO: "Blogging IS journalism"


‘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.

Challenges of content within the blogosphere in Africa


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.

British carers told their wages will be cut 30%, their hours increased and sick pay disappear


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.

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