Tag: africa

by Julie Keck

1. In Salt Lake City, the community radio station invited the community in to podcast (Melody Kramer / Poynter) 2. Open State preserves Politwoops’ history on the net (via Open State) 3. Jeff Bezos (finally) pumps up the Post with Prime (Ken Doctor / Politico Media) 4. Coming soon to Facebook: A ‘Dislike’ button (Vindu […] more »

by Sonia Paul

The International Women’s Media Foundation has announced an unprecedented new set of funding opportunities for women journalists starting this year. The Washington D.C.-based organization dedicated to supporting the role of female journalists worldwide received a total of $10 million in grant funding from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which opens up the scope of their current […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Amazon’s vision for the future of self-publishing (Digital Book World) 2. E-book distribution solutions emerge from Africa (AllAfrica) 3. The all-new monthly literary prize – for self-published authors (Alison Flood / Guardian) 4. Is dawn finally breaking for e-books in Spanish? (Erik Riesenberg / Publishers Weekly) 5. The bullies win: Authors abandoning publishing over […] more »

by Rick Rockwell

On a first trip to Africa, a hand shot up in the back of the classroom. A young radio journalist began his commentary this way: “I have respect for the professor from the United States, but he is revealing how little he truly knows about Liberia.” Looking back, that moment crystallized just when I realized […] more »

by Andrew Giles Buckley

Only days before the production crew for “Hit and Run History” was to board a flight to Africa, I got a message over Facebook: “Bring plenty of bug spray.” The year prior, we had taken on the story of the Columbia Expedition — the first American voyage around the world. With the rapid changes in digital […] more »

by Jennifer Dorroh

In Africa, where mobile news and digital innovation are growing but startup capital is too often scarce, innovators have a unique opportunity to help reinvent media: the African News Innovation Challenge. The newly launched contest, modeled on the Knight News Challenge, will award $1 million (in increments of $12,500 to $100,000) to projects that create […] more »

by Mark Hannah

On May 7, I published an introduction to issue advocacy on the Internet, which looked at three opportunities and three challenges to communicators who hope to take their advocacy campaign online. Online content, I pointed out, is interactive (as opposed to merely informational), syndicatable (as opposed to confined or static) and permanent (as opposed to […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

Bloggers have always been timely in their response to local, regional and international crises and Kenyan bloggers were no different when violence broke out following the December 2007 elections. Within nine days Ushahidi, “a platform that crowdsources crisis information,” was born. Ushahidi But that open source platform is now being “localized” to cover conflicts in […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

On October 19, U.S.-based Nigerian blogger and journalist Jonathan Elendu of Elendu Reports was arrested by the Nigerian State Security Services (SSS) upon his arrival at Abuja airport. It was some days before the SSS announced that Elendu had been charged, first with money laundering and then sedition. Yet another report claimed he was charged […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

Over the past couple of months I have been following a new African news portal, Africa News, the latest in the 12-year history of African online news media. Africa News goes much further than previous attempts to create online news communities serving Africa; the site includes content submitted by locally based citizen journalists who use […] more »