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'Beyond Retail' for Africa

Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013 08:48

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

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

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] Ad agencies ought to be intimate with clients to thrive

MetropolitanRepublic, a newcomer in Uganda's advertising industry became the first local agency to win an award at this year's Loeries in September. MetropolitanRepublic won bronze for their 2012 MTN Uganda campaign, titled David Dumba, which was aimed at promoting SIM card registration in the country. Alex Rukundo, the managing director MRU speaks about the award and the value that intimacy brings to advertising business.

By Walter Wafula 15 Oct 2012 10:25

Growth in advertising boots Vision Group performance

Higher advertising and circulation revenue helped Vision Group, a Ugandan multimedia company, post a 28% growth in profit after tax during the year ending June 2012.

By Walter Wafula 9 Oct 2012 10:48

Media houses fail to popularise national anthem

Media owners and managers in Uganda have been asked to popularise the national anthem on a daily basis, as part of preparations to mark Uganda's golden jubilee independence anniversary on Tuesday, 9 October 2012.

By Walter Wafula 8 Oct 2012 10:02

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

Kasunda elected as MISA regional chair

Anthony Kasunda, the chairperson of the Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has been elected chairperson of the MISA Regional Governing Council (RGC) at the 2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 29 July 2012, at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa.

By Gregory Gondwe 31 Jul 2012 11:38

BFMA Conference attracts venture capitalists

Kenya is preparing to host the fourth Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) Conference from 10-11 July 2012. The conference is expected to attract filmmakers, broadcasters and other creative content firms from Africa.

By Carole Kimutai 2 Jul 2012 11:21

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

Reuters makes final call for KSM Awards, announces seminar

Thomson Reuters, the global news and information company has made the final call for entries to the 2012 Kurt Schork Memorial (KSM) Awards which will take place in London in November, and made the announcement of a seminar on reporting on terrorism and global security.

By Walter Wafula 3 May 2012 11:41

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

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

Election year and media agenda setting

Michael Joseph, the former CEO of Safaricom, once described Kenyans as having peculiar calling habits. According to a recent media survey by Ipsos Synovate, Kenyans seem to have another peculiar habit, watching news. The quarter four Kenya Audience Research Foundation (KARF) report shows over 80% of Kenyans read and watch local news. That news is politics.

By Carole Kimutai 7 Mar 2012 10:03

MTN tops advertising spend in Uganda

MTN, Uganda's largest mobile operator, maintained its lead as top advertiser in the country in 2011, according to a new media report by Ipsos-Synovate.

By Walter Wafula 22 Feb 2012 13:43

Radio presenter resigns over MPs' car benefits

Roger Mugisha, presenter of KFM's morning show, D'Mighty Breakfast, has resigned, the radio station announced today.

By Walter Wafula 7 Feb 2012 14:54

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

Research shows radio is king in Kenya

The latest media research from Kenya reveals that radio is still the preferred media. According to latest statistics from media research company, Synovate conducted under the Kenya Audience Research Foundation (KARF), radio leads in overall media consumption followed by the mobile phone, television, newspapers, and the internet respectively.

By Carole Kimutai 12 Dec 2011 13:58

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

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

African people disillusioned with leadership - Moeletsi Mbeki

"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.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 24 Jun 2011 11:56

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

Panos moves to improve tax reporting in East Africa

Journalists in East Africa can expect to acquire skills on reporting tax and governance issues in the region to stimulate debate on better policy actions and accountability. Panos East Africa, a regional information and communication organisation for development of non-governmental organisations, is planning a training programme on the topics.

By Walter Wafula 11 Apr 2011 11:25

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