Johannesburg to host inaugural Digital

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Media Africa Conference and Awards

Frankfurt am Main, May 2016 – Digital media executives are expected to gather in Johannesburg from September 28 to 30 to debate the hottest digital issues facing publishers on the continent and abroad.

“Innovation has no boundaries, and our members and colleagues in Africa are a true testament to that with their inspiring mobile initiatives,” says Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

“There is so much to be learned from their example and to share with the rest of the world. It’s an incredibly exciting time there for publishing, and I am certain that same excitement will be on display at DM Africa,” adds the CEO.

The call for entries for the debut version of the Digital Media Africa Awards 2016 competition is officially under way. The awards honour individuals and news publishing companies that have created ground-breaking digital products that engage readers while increasing their online business.

The competition, held in conjunction with Digital Media Africa 2016, is open to all news publishers in Africa. Categories include:

  • Best News Website
  • Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Website
    • Best Use of Online Video
    • Best Data Visualization Project
    • Best News Mobile Service
    • Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Mobile Service
    • Best in Tablet Publishing
    • Best Reader Engagement
    • Best Digital Advertising Campaign
    • Best New Product

Entries for the awards must be submitted to WAN-IFRA by 7 August. Full information and submission guidelines can be found at www.wan-ifra.org/DMA16_awards.

The winners will be honoured at the Digital Media Africa Awards reception, to be held in Johannesburg on 29 September during the DM Africa conference. Winners will be eligible for WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards, which recognizes the best digital initiatives from around the globe.

Big news brands to share their strategies

This year’s event in Johannesburg is built around four main themes:

  • Reader revenue
  • Distributed content
  • Metrics & KPIs;
  • Millennials & Generation Z

The event is supported by African publishers, including Caxton, Media24, Nation Media Group, Ringier, Independent, Times Media Group, Daily News and the African Media Initiative.

Full details can be found at www.wan-ifra.org/DMA16_programme.

About WAN-IFRA

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with subsidiaries in Mexico, Singapore and India, is the global organization of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.