Jennifer Thomas, an award-winning, veteran American broadcast journalist, was invited by the United States Embassy (South Africa) to address the Cape Town Press Club on media coverage of elections in the age of fake news late last month...
Juanita Pienaar 14 Nov 2018
The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.
Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013
As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.
Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013
Public and private players from various African countries recently met during the third Africa Governance, Leadership and Management Convention 2012 that was held in Mombasa, Kenya. The theme of the convention was: Towards Sustainable Wealth and Job Creation: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa. One of the sessions was dedicated to deliberating on how the media can encourage healthy private public partnership in wealth and job creation in Africa.
Carole Kimutai 17 Aug 2012
In the last six months, Kenya's advertising industry has attracted both local and international players. The new kid on the block is American agency TBWA which opened an East Africa office barely four months ago. Other new international agencies who have already come to the scene are French-based, Havas Media International and South African media group, Carat.
Carole Kimutai 11 Jul 2012
All eyes are on the Kenyan daily newspaper, The Star for allegedly publishing a fake image of a hellicopter crash that killed two Kenyan government officials on the morning of Sunday, 10 June 2012, bringing into question the credibility of the newspaper.
Carole Kimutai 14 Jun 2012
The world has dedicated one day in a year to scribes 3rd May. This is World Press Freedom Day. According to the United Nations, it is a day that "celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession".
Carole Kimutai 4 May 2012
One way politicians will market themselves is through media advertising. The Nation Media Group (NMG) has already set the rules as far as political advertising is concerned in the lead up to the general elections, expected to take place in March 2013.
Carole Kimutai 17 Apr 2012
The winners of the 2012 Citi Journalistic Excellence Award have been named. Business writers George Omondi and Moses Michira, both from the Business Daily were announced winners for the 2012 Citi Journalistic Excellence Award at a ceremony held at The Fairmont, Norfolk on 4 April 2012.
Carole Kimutai 10 Apr 2012
Anyone reading the Kenyan dailies would think the country will be holding an election in the next few weeks. Although a date for an election has not been fixed, political campaigns are already in top gear as people jostle for the increased political seats created by the new constitution. One of the main beneficiaries on an election are usually the printers. Unlike previous years where they would expect to be laughing all the way to the bank, this year, they could be crying as they run away from banks - literally.
Carole Kimutai 24 Feb 2012
A meeting of senior media gurus from five African countries, took place on Saturday 17 September 2011 at the Highway Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, agreed to disagree on whether the media needs to be bed fellows with civil society to achieve either parts' objectives or not.
Gregory Gondwe 19 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
Internews, an international media development organisation has launched a media programme aimed at equipping Kenyan journalists on covering elections. The 'Free and Fair Media' training programme is intended to promote the growth of developmental journalism that allows media to set the agenda that is futuristic, offers solutions to societal challenges and mitigates conflicts situations.
Carole Kimutai 29 Aug 2011
Research on Kenyan media audiences has revealed that Kenya is more urban than 12 years ago as the population becomes more affluent. This is according to a countrywide research conducted by research firm Synovate under the Kenya Audience Research Foundation (KARF) also reveals the growing popularity of entertainment content.
Carole Kimutai 26 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
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
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
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
Due to the lack of a strong and united political opposition, the media in Africa, at least those that are critical of government policies, becomes a powerful force called a surrogate opposition, Prof Tawana Kupe, dean of faculty of humanities at Wits University, said this week in Johannesburg.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 11 Mar 2011
Until 1992, journalists and editors in Ghana, and the independent media in general, have suffered a lot at the hands of undemocratic regimes, which cracked down on critical reporting and imposed strict restrictions limiting media freedom. As a new, liberal constitution was being written in 1992, media activists came out guns blazing, demanding that media suffering end and reporting become free. [view twitterfall]
Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011
The Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2011 Fellowship Program. The application deadline is 6 April 2011.
Carole Kimutai 10 Mar 2011
As the independent media in Africa is engaged in a fierce battle against repressive and not-so-democratic governments keen to sweep their corrupt wrongdoings under the carpet, the issue of self-regulation has become almost like a daily bread in many parts of the continent. [view twitterfall]
Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011