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Episode 86: The power of brands in the mass communication landscape

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New bill 'will close down the press'

The Swaziland Government has been accused of trying to close down the press with the publication of a new bill to bar public servants from disclosing any information about their work that relates to 'public policy'.

17 May 2012 11:39

Google launches African News Innovation Challenge

With the assistance of generous sponsors, Google has announced the launch of a new US$1 million African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC) to help African journalism flourish in the digital age.

10 May 2012 14:26

MISA-Malawi wants repeal of media laws

The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has asked government to consider repealing all laws that are inconsistent with the constitution and those considered as an insult to the media fraternity in Malawi.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 4 May 2012 13:20

Make a free press 'The Headline for Democratic Transition'

PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY: "A free press is an essential cornerstone of any country based on democracy." So says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman, in her exclusive interview with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), to mark 3 May, World Press Freedom Day.

3 May 2012 13:36

Malawi: Environmental journos hail new government

The Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi (AEJ-Malawi) has hailed the country's new president Joyce Banda for creating a ministry responsible for environment and climate change management and subsequently appointing Catherine Gotani Hara as minister responsible.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 3 May 2012 10:49

Future journos to cover Unesco World Press Freedom

Highway Africa's Future Journalists Programme (FJP) took 28 multi-national future journalists to Tunisia to attend the 2012 edition of the Unesco World Press Freedom Day Conference (WPFD), which takes place from 3-5 May.

2 May 2012 14:58

Still time to commemorate World Press Freedom Day

Thousands of newspapers worldwide will commemorate World Press Freedom Day tomorrow, 3 May 2012, by publishing thoughtful editorial and provocative advertising materials from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). There is still time to join them.

2 May 2012 14:08

Mitigating risks to report safely, CPJ launches Journalist Security Guide

NEW YORK, US: As hundreds of journalists are attacked, jailed, threatened, or placed under surveillance each year, the Committee to Protect Journalists has launched a new Journalist Security Guide to help reporters assess and deter risk.

30 Apr 2012 07:24

Malawi: Lawyer faults Banda on MBC appointment

Justin Dzodzi, a private lawyer, has faulted President Joyce Banda's decision to fire Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) CEO Bright Malopa and replace him with veteran broadcaster Dr. Benson Tembo.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 23 Apr 2012 12:30

Malawi ready for World Press Freedom Day

The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has announced how charged media practitioners are for this year's celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 3 May 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 23 Apr 2012 11:42

Social media activism takes root

As Malawians celebrate Joyce Banda's appointment as president on sites, like Facebook and Twitter, the increased use of social media in Malawi comes full circle as her new government takes office.

By Katie Lin 13 Apr 2012 14:31

Global call to commemorate World Press Freedom Day

DARMSTADT, GERMANY/PARIS, FRANCE: 3 May 2012 marks World Press Freedom Day, an opportunity to celebrate the gains and highlight the work still to be achieved in securing freedom of expression for the world's press. Material on show will include work by South Africa's Zapiro.

13 Apr 2012 09:38

German institute to equip journos with digital journalism skills

African journalists in need of digital reporting skills have an opportunity to acquire them through the Intajour Fellowship Program which kicks off in September this year. This follows the call for applications for the fellowship programme by the International Academy of Journalism (IAJ) in Germany.

By Walter Wafula 23 Mar 2012 09:51

Doing media business in Africa, the colourful continent

Africa is often perceived as being aggressive and unstable, with only the bad aspects highlighted. Many South Africans seem reluctant to get involved up north. Celia Collins is one of the few South Africans in this industry who understands media on the African continent. She gives insight into the state of play.

By Celia Collins 19 Mar 2012 11:49

University releases journalism practice book

Department of Journalism and Media Studies of the Polytechnic Constituent College of the University of Malawi has released a 228-page book titled Journalism Practice in Malawi: History, Progress and Prospects.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 2 Mar 2012 12:06

Government condemns Sunday Times assessment

The Malawian government has yet again launched an attack on The Sunday Times newspaper for coming up with a cabinet assessment that has labeled the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government a total failure.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 29 Feb 2012 07:45

Zimbabwe: Keeping it at the cutting edge

Our management at Alpha Media Holdings, publishers of three national newspaper titles, recently made changes at NewsDay and the Zimbabwe Independent to refresh the editorial teams and give them a bit of zing.

By Dumisani Muleya 27 Feb 2012 13:06

JUMA, Transparency International partner for training course

Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) has partnered with Transparency International (TI) to conduct a week-long 'Reporting Corruption Training Course for Malawian Journalists' to be held in Malawi on 12-16 March 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 16 Feb 2012 08:14

Malawi's journos accreditation in limbo

A high flying accreditation project for Malawian journalists, launched three years ago by the Media Council of Malawi (MCM), now hangs in limbo due to financial constraints.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 15 Feb 2012 11:23

Media grows despite challenges

In a report released by the Civic and Political Space Platform (CPSP), a group of civil society organisations in Malawi, it was established that the media in Malawi has had positive growth over the last two years, despite numerous challenges which almost derailed its progress.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 2 Feb 2012 12:34

African journo awards extends deadline

CNN International and MultiChoice announced at the end of last week that the deadline for entries for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 Awards have been extended to Wednesday, 22 February 2012, and the judging to take place in April this year.

30 Jan 2012 10:02

2012 Tabbie Awards open for nominations

CLEVELAND, US: The 2012 Tabbies call for entries is now available at the TABPI website, allowing all B2B magazine editors, publishers and art directors the opportunity to have their best work judged by their peers. Tabbies' partners include South Africa's SAFREA, and MPASA. [video]

26 Jan 2012 11:40

Journos could boycott Mutharika's presser

Malawian journalists are considering whether or not to boycott president Bingu wa Mutharika's organised press conferences, called 'Press Rallies', since it is done in the presence of political party cohorts who heckle journalists whenever they ask questions.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 23 Jan 2012 11:39

Media conditions in Malawi worsens in 2011 - MISA

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has said 2011 saw Malawi's media environment deteriorate to the worst as observed from 2009.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 6 Jan 2012 11:31

CPJ report: 52 journalists jailed in Africa

There are currently 52 journalists imprisoned in Africa, in nine countries. More than half the jailed journalists are held in that scourge of media freedom - Eritrea. The most disturbing news to come out of CPJ's recent report on journalists behind bars, is that the trend of imprisoning journalists - often on trumped-up charges - has seen a sharp increase over the last decade.

By Theresa Mallinson 12 Dec 2011 10:05

Government backtracks on oppressive media law

Government has backtracked on a piece of legislation that was repressive to the media, after it was amended to give power to the information minister to ban any material should the minister deem it harmful to the public.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 8 Dec 2011 15:27

CNN International launches pan-EMEA brand campaign

ABU DHABI, UAE / JOHANNESBURG, SA: CNN International is launching a pan-EMEA advertising campaign designed to underline its claim to be the world's leading international news channel. The campaign seeks to build the profiles of its individual anchors, cementing their relationships with existing viewers and growing the channel's core audience.

30 Nov 2011 11:52

Journos train to make news out of numbers

Around twenty journalists completed a daylong training course in Lilongwe, Malawi on Friday 11 November 2011, where they learnt skills to turn data and numbers into news stories. The training, funded by the Hewlett Foundation through the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), enables journalists to use research and data to find and strengthen stories.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 14 Nov 2011 10:56

Malawi: Police summon three journos, one gets death threats

The year 2011, while still not yet finished, could easily pass as the worst for the Malawi media which continue to suffer police persecution.

By Gregory Gondwe 14 Oct 2011 08:35

Fresh Living now available in Mauritius

Fresh Living, the food magazine on South African shelves, continues to expand on its African footprint as it goes on sale this month in Mauritius.

10 Oct 2011 11:27

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