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Anne Githuku-Shongwe, representative of UN Women South Africa’s Multi-Country Office, addressing the DStv Seminar of Creativity. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
#Loeries2019: Check the stereotypes in your creativity

Things got off to a reflective note at the 2019 DStv Seminar of Creativity with a reminder to join the UN Women's Unstereotype Alliance, as the stereotypes stop with you...

By Leigh Andrews 2 days ago

Sphelele Mjadu, Unilever Personal Care Senior Public Relations Manager for Africa and Anne Githuku-Shongwe, representative of UN Women South Africa’s Multi-Country Office, in the UN Women-Dove masterclass panel at the Loeries. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
#Loeries2019: Our responsibility of better representation in advertising, media

The media and advertising industries play an important role in stirring the way society is portrayed. Here's why UN Women and Dove's masterclass session at Loeries 2019 called for the creative industry as a whole to take a stand and work actively towards better representation, particularly in terms of gender...

By Leigh Andrews 2 days ago

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5 ways to make your event pay with social media

Are you maximising your presence there and ensuring you will get the best return on your promotional investment...

By Talitha Spykerman 21 Aug 2019

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'Troubling' erosion of press freedom in certain SADC states

CPJ calls on SADC heads of state to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists...

19 Aug 2019

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Facebook can now fact-check news in African languages

Facebook on Wednesday announced a partnership with fact-checking company Africa Check to bring local African language support to its third-party Fact-Checking programme...

By Shereesa Moodley 16 Aug 2019

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Africa's digital potential

Africa's young population could be its greatest asset in an age where many other regions in the world are aging as a result of declining birth rates...

By Ime Archibong 14 Aug 2019

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African Digital Media Awards 2019 finalists

WAN-IFRA has announced the 2019 finalists for the prestigious African Digital Media Awards...

13 Aug 2019

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New media is misrepresenting women in Africa: what feminists can do

So-called 'new media' emphasises gender norms and portrays women as sex objects, morally deficient, and vulnerable...

By Sharon Adetutu Omotoso 8 Aug 2019

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir.
Mauritanian blogger freed after being held for nearly six years

A Mauritian blogger who had been held for more than five and a half years and who was originally sentenced to death for apostasy, has been released...

5 Aug 2019

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WhatsApp played a big role in the Nigerian election. Not all of it was bad

There is growing concern about the potential for the message and media sharing platform WhatsApp to undermine democracy in a number of countries across the world...

By Nic Cheeseman 29 Jul 2019

Yash Deb, managing director and chief creative officer at Isobar, Kenya and this year's Loeries integrated campaign, film & radio, and radio craft juror.
#Loeries2019: "Strength of a creative campaign lies in how rapidly others can build on it" - Yash Deb

With the year's biggest international award shows done and dusted, I chatted to the regional jurors ahead of the upcoming Loeries Creative Week. Next in the series is this year's Integrated campaign, Film & Radio, and Radio Craft juror Yash Deb, also managing director and chief creative officer at Isobar, Kenya...

By Leigh Andrews 26 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

#FB@15: Inside Facebook's 4 Cs for innovation
#FB@15: Inside Facebook's 4 Cs for innovation

Looking to the future, Nunu Ntshingila, head of Facebook Africa, shared the four Cs - which are key trends directing their business for the next few years...

By Elouise Kelly 23 Jul 2019

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AFCON 2019 gets Africa talking on social media

People across barriers of nation, language, class and culture took to Facebook to discuss the AFCON 2019...

22 Jul 2019

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Social media has made brands less relevant, not more

When social media first hit the radar of marketers, the possibilities seemed endless. Finally, marketing would be a true two-way conversation...

By Estelle Nagel 15 Jul 2019

Thea Sokolowski, head of brand and marketing at MEST Africa.
#AfricaLeads: Africa poised for substantial growth

Thea Sokolowski, head of brand and marketing at MEST Africa, talks to Bizcommunity.Africa about how the African tech ecosystem continues to grow on the continent...

By Louise Marsland 10 Jul 2019

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Two days left to enter African Digital Media Awards 2019

African Digital Media Awards 2019: Call for entries...

10 Jul 2019

Internet advertising set to account for more than 50% of global adspend by 2021
Internet advertising set to account for more than 50% of global adspend by 2021

Internet advertising is set to exceed half of global adspend by 2021, although, as the internet ad market matures, growth is projected to slow from 17% to 9% a year...

8 Jul 2019

Creating community on Facebook Groups
Creating community on Facebook Groups

When creating a Facebook group, the goal is to create a group that hosts an enthusiastic and engaged community, whether this is around your business or a common interest. Here, Colleen Barrella from Barrk Marketing shares a few insights to do just that...

By Colleen Barrella 5 Jul 2019

Instagram, the new marketing hub for business growth
Instagram, the new marketing hub for business growth

This is the time that businesses need to capitalise on brand expansion and business growth - and social media platforms - when used correctly - can assist. Refilwe Monyai, account manager at Orange Ink gives tips and tricks on how to get Instagram right...

By Refilwe Monyai 4 Jul 2019

Global Ad Trends report reveals slowdown in social ad growth
Global Ad Trends report reveals slowdown in social ad growth

Warc's Global Ad Trends report has found that advertising revenues among key social and messaging companies have halved over the last year as consumer trust becomes a growing issue...

2 Jul 2019

The power of social media and influence in today's 4th Industrial Revolution
The power of social media and influence in today's 4th Industrial Revolution

With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, marketing communication tools and practices need to be re-examined to aggressively create power and influence of products, services, and brands through social media and digital marketing...

By Nokwanda Ndashe 1 Jul 2019

Content is king but is it relevant to your audience?
Content is king but is it relevant to your audience?

Today, content creation is no longer limited to certain campaigns, it has become so broad to the extent that everything a business does is now part of a content strategy...

By Minnie-lee Tagwirei 1 Jul 2019

The fruit of your coins
Facebook's Libra has staggering potential - state control of money could end

The UN recognises 180 currencies worldwide as legal tender, all of them issued by nation states. It does not recognise cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in this way, even if communities of enthusiasts have been treating them as a means of exchange for over a decade now...

By Gavin Brown 27 Jun 2019

How Twitter has been used in Cameroon's Anglophone crisis
How Twitter has been used in Cameroon's Anglophone crisis

The Conversation Africa examined how various groups - including the government, Anglophone activists, media organisations and citizens - used social media to report on growing unrest in Cameroon...

By Julius T. Nganji and Lynn Cockburn 18 Jun 2019

Five skills to help you connect with your social media audience
Five skills to help you connect with your social media audience

With the continued increase of the prosumer, many brands are struggling to control messaging around who they are and what they offer. By having a savvy social media strategy, a brand is able to better communicate with and understand who their audience is, what it is they want and how to engage with them positively, while still building resonance...

By Zubeida Goolam 13 Jun 2019

Africa's changemakers are blazing a trail for the rest of the world
Africa's changemakers are blazing a trail for the rest of the world

Africa's economy is on the rise, freedom and prosperity are continuing to rise, and the continent is home to a youthful and dynamic population...

By Nunu Ntshingila 10 Jun 2019

How social media has become a breeding ground for counterfeit sales
How social media has become a breeding ground for counterfeit sales

As much as people love social media, there is a dark side to it too - one involving counterfeit goods and billions of Rands of lost revenue for companies and governments the world over...

7 Jun 2019

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#FairnessFirst: A picture tells a thousand words, but should it?

People are never just a means to your journalistic end, especially when it comes to children. Their stories are our work, and when you work to add their authentic voices, it automatically changes the angle of the story for the better. But what about images of children in news articles? Media Monitoring Africa and the UCT Children's Institute media workshop on 22 May at the Doubletree Hilton...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2019

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Supporting digital entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Facebook celebrates one year of NG_Hub, its flagship hub space in the heart of Yaba, in partnership with CcHub...

23 May 2019

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