It is no longer business as usual, but there is a future for print in Africa, yet...
Africa Day statement from Right2Know calls for freedom of expression in Africa...
DODOMA, TANZANIA: The Cabinet is close to endorsing the proposed Bill on Media Law, the National Assembly was told on Thursday, 5 July 2012.
9 Jul 2012
Strategic brand and communication design consultancy, the HKLM Group, has taken a step towards cementing its position as sub-Saharan Africa's leading brand consultancy with the opening of its new Nairobi office recently.
22 Jun 2012
Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) has announced that the general entertainment network BET is set to expand its African TV footprint following the signing of a new distribution deal that will see BET distributed on the My TV pay-TV platform.
5 Jun 2012
The finalists in the 17th CNN MultiChoice African Journalist competition were announced on 18 May 2012, by Ferial Haffajee, chair of the independent judging panel. This year the competition received entries from 42 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.
18 May 2012
Following a call by the African Press Organisation (APO) to African journalists to apply to win an invitation to the 2012 AfDB Annual Meetings, set to take place in Arusha, Tanzania from 28 May to 1 June 2012, Ugandan news reporter Catherine Nambi was selected as the winner and will participate in the meetings.
9 May 2012
The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to bring more than 300 international journalists to Arusha where the AfDB intends to launch new efforts to re-brand the image of the African continent.
23 Apr 2012
YoungAfricaLive, a mobile community that entertains and educates young people on topics of love, sexual health, gender and relationships affecting the youth, launched yesterday, 1 December 2011 in Tanzania.
2 Dec 2011
Ministers responsible for communication in the five East African Community (EAC) partner states have called for the swift creation of policies that will enable the region to migrate to digital broadcasting from analogue on schedule.
Walter Wafula 21 Nov 2011
Nova Nee, a public relations agency in Kenya has set its eyes on the East African market amidst cut throat competition for accounts by established domestic and multinational firms in the region. Beth Maina-Mwaura, the firm's managing director spoke to Bizcommunity about the firm's plans.
Walter Wafula 21 Sep 2011
Germany's International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) is set to train East African journalists on covering public spending to improve reporting on national budgets and the use of tax payer's money.
Walter Wafula 7 Sep 2011
The Al Jazeera Media Network in Qatar is set to establish a regional news and current affairs media network in East Africa, the company said on 8 August 2011.
Walter Wafula 10 Aug 2011
Media practitioners from Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania will be in Kenya for six days where, among other things, they will undergo health and development communication training. The training commenced on Saturday, 25 June 2011, on health and development reporting followed by a session on computer-assisted investigative reporting at Internews in Nairobi.
Gregory Gondwe 27 Jun 2011
CAPE TOWN: Aegis Media's agency, Carat Media will be hosting an internal conference for its African representatives from 27-30 June 2011 in Durban. The Carat Media Training Conference, which will also be attended by digital agency Trigger/ Isobar, aims to provide a platform for representatives to share learnings, insights, trends and experiences that have taken place within their media and digital agencies.
27 Jun 2011
"African people - like me - are completely disillusioned with the performance of their leaders because of what they have done and what they are doing, and for me these people should not be called leaders, but rather the elite," Moeletsi Mbeki, brother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki and chairman of the SA Institute of International Affairs, said, speaking at the CNN-MultiChoice media forum currently taking place in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on Friday, 24 June 2011.
Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 24 Jun 2011
Yesterday, Tuesday, 3 May 2011, was the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, begun in Namibia as the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of principles calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media throughout the world. Celebrations around the world were tempered with concerns about the erosion of press freedom and in South Africa, SANEF called on Government to review its proposed legislations that has seen SA downgrade from 'free press' to 'partly free'.
4 May 2011
WASHINGTON: The number of people worldwide with access to free and independent media declined to its lowest level in over a decade, according a Freedom House study released yesterday, 2 May 2011. The report, Freedom of the Press 2011: A global survey of media independence, found that a number of key countries experienced significant declines, producing a global landscape in which only one in six people live in countries with a press that is designated Free.
3 May 2011
As concern mounts over the fate of Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer missing in Libya alongside two US journalists and one Spanish photographer, the Presidency said yesterday, Wednesday, 20 April 2011, that President Jacob Zuma has been briefed on the attempts made by the SA mission in Libya to locate Hammerl. Reports from Washington DC also suggest that the White House is very concerned about their well-being and it is trying hard to assist them in any way it can.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011
LUXEMBOURG: Intelsat SA, one of the world's leading providers of fixed satellite services, recently announced a series of new contracts with media customers using the company's leading video neighbourhoods.
14 Apr 2011
Jacob Mathew was elected on Friday, 8 April 2011, as the president of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) by its general assembly of members, held during the its board meeting in Dublin, Ireland and on 6-7 April the association's Printing Summit in Mainz, Germany, reaffirmed print's vital role today and in the future.
11 Apr 2011
SABMiller has announced that in 2011 it will become a co-sponsor of the David Astor Journalism Awards Trust, the UK-based charity which aims to promote, strengthen and support independent journalism in Africa.
22 Mar 2011
East African journalists have an opportunity to acquire reporting skills on matters of regional integration through a new training programme that starts on 10 April 2011.
Walter Wafula 22 Mar 2011
The fundamental reason that many African governments ban and harass the media has more to do with personal connotations than other issues, Kenya's Henry Maina, director of Article 19 Eastern Africa, told delegates at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference last week in Johannesburg.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 16 Mar 2011
Business journalists from the Nation Media Group (NMG) scooped three of the four awards in the inaugural East African Business Council Awards held in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday night, 14 March 2011.
Staff reporter 16 Mar 2011
There is some substantiated regulation of what the media can do and what it cannot do, but the balance must be struck between what the law has prescribed and freedom of expression, Prof Dario Milo, Wits University media law visiting professor and Webber & Wentzel partner, said last week in Johannesburg at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 15 Mar 2011
The Loerie Awards launched its 2011 campaign, Tuesday 15 March 2011, entitled "Don't hate. Create", created by Draftfcb and supported by a mobisite and specially developed augmented reality apps, linking digital technology to the printed media, along with a revamp of its award categories.
15 Mar 2011
LONDON: The panel of judges has been announced for the eighth Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards set to take place on 30 June 2011. The annual awards aims to encourage more prolific reporting of economic opportunities in Africa and to celebrate excellence in business journalism.
15 Mar 2011
The 13th PAMRO meeting and All Africa Media Research Conference will take place from 21-24 August 2011 in Dakar, Senegal at the Le Méridien President Hotel. Updates on media audience research activities from countries from all parts of Africa will be provided.
14 Mar 2011
As governments across the African continent come under increasing pressure from critical media, 'vulture' ruling parties believe the only way to deal with this 'surrogate opposition' is to regulate it through statutory mechanisms that will eventually dent its wayward reporting. But some African voices of reason, such as Zambia's Fred M'membe, argue that the restriction of good media never produces good media.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 14 Mar 2011
Here is a roundup of the posts published on sxswsa.co.za this weekend. We're over halfway through SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, but there's still plenty material in the works, so keep an eye on the blog for another few days. Also, follow @sxswsa, or the entire #sxswsa Twitter list. [view twitterfall]
Ivo Vegter: @sxswsa 14 Mar 2011