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  • The African Media initiative announces the election of a new Board Chair

    The African Media initiative announces the election of a new Board Chair

    PRESS RELEASE The African Media initiative announces the election of a new Board Chair Nairobi, 19 June 2017 — The Board of AMI has elected Mr. Wale Aboderin as the new Chair of the organization. He will be taking over…Read more The African Media initiative announces the election of a new Board Chair ›Read More »
  • The Purpose of Media (4)

    The Purpose of Media (4)

    By AMI CEO Eric Chinje In a preceding segment of this series I discussed what I referred to as “the governance loop” in which media serves as the informational cord that binds government and the governed.  I posed the question…Read more The Purpose of Media (4) ›Read More »
  • Looking to journalists’ safety

    Looking to journalists’ safety

    Unesco’s Jaco du Toit moderating a discussion on Journalists’ Safety Indicators. Over the past year, the African Media Initiative has been examining the media environment in Kenya to assess the level of journalists’ safety against a set of specific indicators.…Read more Looking to journalists’ safety ›Read More »
  • Musings of a budding journalist

    Musings of a budding journalist

    By Mary Chumbow Communications Intern In a journalism ethics class last year, the lecturer posed a question the sat back and let us debate the answer for a while since, as she pointed out, she was sure it would not…Read more Musings of a budding journalist ›Read More »
  • Telecommunications and Media Forum held in Johannesburg

    Telecommunications and Media Forum held in Johannesburg

    Best practice decision making to drive connectivity, accessibility and competitiveness The International Institute of Communications held its final Telecommunications and Media Forum of  2015 in Johannesburg. The event was marked by a robust debate by speakers and delegates on what…Read more Telecommunications and Media Forum held in Johannesburg ›Read More »
  • Looking for free content for your online news outlet? You might want to check The Conversation Africa

    Looking for free content for your online news outlet? You might want to check The Conversation Africa

    Great content can sometimes be hard to come by, and with few media organizations in Africa possessing the resources required to engage foreign correspondents, a new site might just be the what many need. The Conversation Africa is a news…Read more Looking for free content for your online news outlet? You might want to check The Conversation Africa ›Read More »
  • Election Coverage: A Central Role for Media

    Election Coverage: A Central Role for Media

    By Eric Chinje Africa is emerging as a player on the global stage. This should not be news to anyone. Mention of the fact should, however, serve as an invitation to reflect on its significance. For the first time in…Read more Election Coverage: A Central Role for Media ›Read More »
  • Inspired speech on Africa’s future and the media’s role in developing the continent

    Inspired speech on Africa’s future and the media’s role in developing the continent

    During the 7th Edition of the African Media Leaders Forum, we were honored to have Dr Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa as a keynote speaker in the opening session. Dr. Lopes specializes…Read more Inspired speech on Africa’s future and the media’s role in developing the continent ›Read More »
  • Charting the way forward for African Media: AMLF 2015 convenes over 600 delegates

    Charting the way forward for African Media: AMLF 2015 convenes over 600 delegates

    By Mary Chumbow Media leaders and news organizations in Africa have been urged to focus on giving greater emphasis to development issues. Speaking at the 7th annual African Media Leaders Forum held last week in Johannesburg, Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim…Read more Charting the way forward for African Media: AMLF 2015 convenes over 600 delegates ›Read More »
  • Accessing Information in Africa: It’s your Right

    Accessing Information in Africa: It’s your Right

    Video: The importance of access to information Exercising one’s right to information is the oxygen for democracy. It is increasingly recognised as a prerequisite for transparency and accountability of governments, as a means of safeguarding citizens against mismanagement and corruption,…Read more Accessing Information in Africa: It’s your Right ›Read More »
  • The purpose of Media (3): Our role within the governance loop

    The purpose of Media (3): Our role within the governance loop

    Continuing series by AMI CEO Eric Chinje Read: Reflections Part 1 & Reflections Part 2 In my last posting, I pointed to the need to examine the relationship between three of the most important actors in the building of nations: Citizens, government and…Read more The purpose of Media (3): Our role within the governance loop ›Read More »
  • Reflections on the purpose of media (2): Defining our role beyond watchdog status

    Reflections on the purpose of media (2): Defining our role beyond watchdog status

    By AMI CEO Eric Chinje Media action in Africa, we surmised in an earlier piece, had come to reflect the school of thought that ascribed to journalists the very juridical role of watchdog.  They are society’s moral police, the eyes…Read more Reflections on the purpose of media (2): Defining our role beyond watchdog status ›Read More »
  • African Union Recognizes Critical Role of the Creative Economy

    African Union Recognizes Critical Role of the Creative Economy

    The African Union (AU) commissioned a report on the state of the Africa audiovisual and cinema/film sector to serve as the basis for the establishment of the Africa Audio Visual Cinema Commission (AACC) and the African Film Fund. The AU,…Read more African Union Recognizes Critical Role of the Creative Economy ›Read More »
  • AMLF 2015 Video Series: Media in the Digital Era

    AMLF 2015 Video Series: Media in the Digital Era

    AMLF 2015 will focus on the role of media in the digital environment, especially in the context of shaping the conversation on Africa’s development. We spoke to several media leaders, asking them to share their views on some of the digital…Read more AMLF 2015 Video Series: Media in the Digital Era ›Read More »
  • Media and the entrepreneurial movement: Business reporters converge in Lagos

    Media and the entrepreneurial movement: Business reporters converge in Lagos

    Entrepreneurship is on the rise in Africa, and has the potential to drive the continent’s development to the next level. There are abundant opportunities for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, but there are also many challenges. One of these is financing.…Read more Media and the entrepreneurial movement: Business reporters converge in Lagos ›Read More »
  • Reporting terror in Africa

    Reporting terror in Africa

    This article was written by Kemantha Govender and originally published at the University of the Witwatersrand website on 7th July 2015. Republished with permission. Journalists are no longer professionals who can freely do their jobs but are now targets for kidnapping,…Read more Reporting terror in Africa ›Read More »
  • Angolan journalist Rafael Marques receives six-month suspended sentence for defamation

    Angolan journalist Rafael Marques receives six-month suspended sentence for defamation

    Angolan investigative journalist Rafael Marques has received a six month suspended sentence after a court found him guilty of defaming seven Angolan  generals in his book “Blood Diamonds: Torture and Corruption in Angola.” This disappointing turn of events comes despite…Read more Angolan journalist Rafael Marques receives six-month suspended sentence for defamation ›Read More »
  • Reflections on the Purpose of Media in Africa

    Reflections on the Purpose of Media in Africa

    By AMI CEO Eric Chinje I studied the tools of media and their social impacts in the 1980s in America, retaining two important facts above all others: “media constitute the fourth estate and should hold the other estates accountable” and,…Read more Reflections on the Purpose of Media in Africa ›Read More »
  • Media in a digital environment: How a Kenyan media house is using technology to drive content

    Media in a digital environment: How a Kenyan media house is using technology to drive content

    Advances made in the technology sector continue to present a myriad of opportunities for media operators worldwide. As we focus on the link between media and technology in shaping development conversations in Africa, our spotlight this month is on Spielworks Media Ltd,…Read more Media in a digital environment: How a Kenyan media house is using technology to drive content ›Read More »
  • Bringing the pen to a gun fight: Why journalists must take up the war against small arms proliferation

    Bringing the pen to a gun fight: Why journalists must take up the war against small arms proliferation

    At 5:30 A.M on 2nd April 2015, armed gunmen stormed Garissa University College in the northern part of Kenya, killing 147 students and injuring 79 others. The Al Shabaab terrorist group operating from Somalia has so far claimed responsibility for…Read more Bringing the pen to a gun fight: Why journalists must take up the war against small arms proliferation ›Read More »
  • The Election of A President: A Candidate for the Times

    The Election of A President: A Candidate for the Times

    A little discussed but critically important election will take place this month (May) in Africa. A special group of about 54 people from across the continent and some 23 non-regional countries – Governors, they are called – will come together…Read more The Election of A President: A Candidate for the Times ›Read More »
  • AMLF 2015-An opportunity for African Media leaders to address industry challenges

    AMLF 2015-An opportunity for African Media leaders to address industry challenges

    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…Read more AMLF 2015-An opportunity for African Media leaders to address industry challenges ›Read More »