After taking a break in 2014 due to the Ebola outbreak, the annual African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) is back this year with an impressive line-up of speakers and events. The 2015 forum will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 11-13 November 2015. This year’s theme was arrived at in consultation with African media leaders, to establish priority issues for discussion with a hope of finding lasting solutions to challenges facing the media on the continent. The theme of AMLF 2015 is “Shaping Development Conversations in Africa: The Role of Media in the Digital Environment”. It was crafted out of six possible topics identified as the key concerns within the media industry in Africa.
2015 is an important year, as the continent will be moving past the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The media will have a critical role to play in evaluating the continent’s progress in achieving the MDGs, and in setting the agenda for the new development goals. This year’s theme is therefore timely in bringing together media leaders to chart a way forward in influencing development conversations in Africa.
AMLF 2015 will be an action-driven event, featuring plenary panels, a series of innovative thematic exhibitions, expert-led media workshops, and a special symposium on ‘Overcoming Hate Speech in the Media’. The 7th edition of the African Media Leaders forum will not only address the key concerns of the industry, but also develop a clear road map on how to deal with the issues identified. This year’s forum will be driven by studies conducted by the African Media Initiative, on the state of media in Africa, which will inform discussions at the event. The media workshops are designed to impart crucial skills to participants in the field of data journalism and content development.
AMLF remains the leading event for industry stakeholders in Africa, committed to helping advance the role of the media in contributing to the continent’s development efforts. This year’s forum will be an inclusive event with plenty of opportunities for networking, learning, and developing solutions to challenges facing the industry. Do join us! For more details on the event, and to request an invitation, visit www.africanmedialeadersforum.org. You can also follow the conversation on twitter and Facebook using the #AMLF2015. We hope to see you in Johannesburg this November.