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Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014 05:23

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice
Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

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.

By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013 06:33

Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013 05:42

[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding
[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding

No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.

By HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013 12:33

[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future
[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future

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.

By Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013 12:39

[Executive Check] Inspire Africa magazine's plans for Africa
[Executive Check] Inspire Africa magazine's plans for Africa

Gerald Muhangi, head of publications and editor in chief Inspire Africa magazine speaks about the future of the magazine, entrepreneurship in Africa and the magazine environment.

By Walter Wafula 20 Sep 2012 15:05

Editors get opportunity to better understand oil, gas industries
Editors get opportunity to better understand oil, gas industries

Print, broadcast and online media editors have an opportunity to improve their understanding of critical issues in Uganda's oil and gas industry following the announcement of a new programme by the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME).

By Walter Wafula 12 Sep 2012 10:55

Banda engages media over border dispute with Tanzania

President Joyce Banda last week engaged media managers to try to reason with them to project positive reporting over the border dispute that has ensued between Malawi and Tanzania.

By Gregory Gondwe 17 Aug 2012 12:54

Africa's media must tell the African story

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.

By Carole Kimutai 17 Aug 2012 10:41

EAC media firms rallied to invest in new markets

Proprietors of media companies in East Africa have been urged to invest in all the five East African partner states to benefit from the region's economic and political integration.

By Walter Wafula 14 Aug 2012 11:55

[Executive Check] Photojournalism remains a costly affair in Uganda - FCAU
[Executive Check] Photojournalism remains a costly affair in Uganda - FCAU

The Foreign Correspondents Association of Uganda (FCAU) in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Victoria University, Tangerine, and def.i.ni.tion, unveiled the inaugural Uganda Press Photo Award last week to promote photojournalism in Uganda. Malcolm Webb, chair of FCAU and correspondent for Al Jazeera English in East Africa, speaks about the awards and photojournalism in Uganda.

By Walter Wafula 30 Jul 2012 10:11

FCAU unveils Uganda Press Photo Award
FCAU unveils Uganda Press Photo Award

The Foreign Correspondents Association of Uganda (FCAU) has unveiled the inaugural Uganda Press Photo Award 2012, to promote photojournalism in Uganda.

By Walter Wafula 27 Jul 2012 15:16

Kenya's advertising sector attracts new players, technologies

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.

By Carole Kimutai 11 Jul 2012 10:36

Photo costs the credibility of Kenyan newspaper
Photo costs the credibility of Kenyan newspaper

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.

By Carole Kimutai 14 Jun 2012 10:14

World Press Freedom Day: How technology impacts journalism in Kenya

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".

By Carole Kimutai 4 May 2012 11:53

UHRC calls for self-regulation of the media
UHRC calls for self-regulation of the media

In the face of imminent stringent government measures aimed to control the media and journalists in Uganda, human rights activists are calling for a stronger self-regulation mechanism to promote responsible journalism in the country.

By Walter Wafula 2 May 2012 12:46

NMG's 11 rules of political advertising

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.

By Carole Kimutai 17 Apr 2012 13:00

2012 Citi Journalistic Excellence Award winners announced
2012 Citi Journalistic Excellence Award winners announced

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.

By Carole Kimutai 10 Apr 2012 09:49

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

Minister calls for professionalism in reporting

Ugandan journalists and media houses have been urged to be more professional in reporting about current affairs in the country to avoid slander and misrepresentation of facts.

By Walter Wafula 13 Mar 2012 15:51

The pain of being a printer in Kenya

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.

By Carole Kimutai 24 Feb 2012 09:53

UK firm to boost climate change coverage in EA

WRENmedia, a United Kingdom-based a specialist communications company is set to sharpen reporting skills of journalists covering climate change issues in Eastern Africa, according to Susanna Thorp, director of the firm.

By Walter Wafula 3 Jan 2012 09:07

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

Uganda: Oil and gas journalists to be honoured

Ugandan journalists covering the oil and gas industry will be honoured for their work this year, in an effort aimed at raising the profile of good investigative journalism in the country.

By Walter Wafula 4 Nov 2011 09:10

Google urges journos to go digital to thrive

At the recent Google's gUganda conference held in Kampala, Ugandan journalists were urged to embrace digital tools such as smartphones and tablet computers to secure their future as content providers.

By Walter Wafula 19 Sep 2011 12:37

[Highway Africa 2011] Making the media work with the civil society

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.

By Gregory Gondwe 19 Sep 2011 10:37

Germany to promote budget reporting in East Africa

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.

By Walter Wafula 7 Sep 2011 10:01

Kenyan scribes get training on election coverage

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.

By Carole Kimutai 29 Aug 2011 08:21

Research shows evolution of Kenyan media landscape

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.

By Carole Kimutai 26 May 2011 12:47

Concern mounts over missing SA journo as govt scrambles to assist
Concern mounts over missing SA journo as govt scrambles to assist

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.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011 11:10

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