APC Talk

This section is a space where APC's staff, members and readers can open up conversations on topics that are of interest for the ICT community. It is a space where authors get to be themselves – sometimes to express opinions and challenge the readers on issues and topics that are close to them, sometimes to share their personal experience on an event or a current debate. The views expressed in this section do not necessarily reflect the views of APC or its network, but that does not make them any less valuable.

Soweto Uprisings wins a new media award 12 September 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”.

Women in the African newsroom 11 September 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 colourful and rather critical one in an e...

Highway Africa talks training
Highway Africa talks training 11 September 2007 APC

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
Journalists need to “villagise” Internet 11 September 2007 APC

Ansbert 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...

African journalists refuse to be taken for granted
African journalists refuse to be taken for granted 11 September 2007 APC

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 Rhode...

Quality and Professionalism in Journalism
Quality and Professionalism in Journalism 11 September 2007 APC

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-rela...

Journalists will not blog until they receive feedback
Journalists will not blog until they receive feedback 10 September 2007 APC

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 a...

VIDEO: "Blogging IS journalism"
VIDEO: "Blogging IS journalism" 10 September 2007 APC

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 yea...