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Jennifer Thomas is an assistant professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Howard University. © .
The best of times and the worst of times for journalism

Jennifer Thomas, an award-winning, veteran American broadcast journalist, was invited by the United States Embassy (South Africa) to address the Cape Town Press Club on media coverage of elections in the age of fake news late last month...

By Juanita Pienaar 14 Nov 2018

How to deal with the troll armies
How to deal with the troll armies

Reporters Without Borders has recommended that media organisations and journalists around the world strengthen training in digital security in the face of increasing cyberviolence...

By Louise Marsland 31 Jul 2018

The images we were allowed to see... Zuma speaking before an orderly house. (Image: GCIS)
One step forwards, one back for democracy

If journalists in Zimbabwe had stood up in that country's parliament to protest against interference with their cellphone signals, they would have been laughed out of the place...

By Anton Harber 2 Mar 2015

Anton Harber
Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice
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

Danette Breitenbach
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

Kasunda elected as MISA regional chair
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

Walter Wafula
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

Gregory Gondwe
Blantyre Newspapers dismisses 44 employees

The month of August seemed to have casted a bad spell on Malawi media as on the day that state broadcaster, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) retained over 400 employees out of over 700, Malawi's oldest newspaper company, the Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) fired 44 employees.

By Gregory Gondwe 1 Sep 2011

African people disillusioned with leadership - Moeletsi Mbeki
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

Concern mounts over missing SA journo as govt scrambles to assist
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

African politicians ban media to avoid criticism - Henry Maina
African politicians ban media to avoid criticism - Henry Maina

The fundamental reason that many African governments ban and harass the media has more to do with personal connotations than other issues, Kenya's Henry Maina, director of Article 19 Eastern Africa, told delegates at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference last week in Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 16 Mar 2011

Dario Milo and media law: is legal sky a limit for journalists?
Dario Milo and media law: is legal sky a limit for journalists?

There is some substantiated regulation of what the media can do and what it cannot do, but the balance must be struck between what the law has prescribed and freedom of expression, Prof Dario Milo, Wits University media law visiting professor and Webber & Wentzel partner, said last week in Johannesburg at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 15 Mar 2011

What to do with critical media: to regulate or not to regulate?
What to do with critical media: to regulate or not to regulate?

As governments across the African continent come under increasing pressure from critical media, 'vulture' ruling parties believe the only way to deal with this 'surrogate opposition' is to regulate it through statutory mechanisms that will eventually dent its wayward reporting. But some African voices of reason, such as Zambia's Fred M'membe, argue that the restriction of good media never produces good media.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 14 Mar 2011

African media is surrogate opposition - Prof Tawana Kupe
African media is surrogate opposition - Prof Tawana Kupe

Due to the lack of a strong and united political opposition, the media in Africa, at least those that are critical of government policies, becomes a powerful force called a surrogate opposition, Prof Tawana Kupe, dean of faculty of humanities at Wits University, said this week in Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 11 Mar 2011

Media freedom, self-regulation: the Ghanaian experience
Media freedom, self-regulation: the Ghanaian experience

Until 1992, journalists and editors in Ghana, and the independent media in general, have suffered a lot at the hands of undemocratic regimes, which cracked down on critical reporting and imposed strict restrictions limiting media freedom. As a new, liberal constitution was being written in 1992, media activists came out guns blazing, demanding that media suffering end and reporting become free. [view twitterfall]

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011

Applications invited for UN journalism fellowships
Applications invited for UN journalism fellowships

The Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2011 Fellowship Program. The application deadline is 6 April 2011.

By Carole Kimutai 10 Mar 2011

African media and the self-regulation dilemma
African media and the self-regulation dilemma

As the independent media in Africa is engaged in a fierce battle against repressive and not-so-democratic governments keen to sweep their corrupt wrongdoings under the carpet, the issue of self-regulation has become almost like a daily bread in many parts of the continent. [view twitterfall]

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011

Right of access to information hampered by govts - media conference
Right of access to information hampered by govts - media conference

The right of access to information is being hampered in many parts of the world, especially in Africa, by government officials wary of journalists' desire to 'embarrass' them, and the state's 'insincere' reason of hiding behind the issue of national security. This emerged today, Wednesday, 9 March 2011, at the Regulations and Rights media conference at Wits University in Johannesburg. [view twitterfall]

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 9 Mar 2011

Research Bureau International wins Zim media survey tender

Research Bureau International has won the tender to conduct the All Media and Products Survey (ZAMPS) over a two-year period from 2011 to 2012 after a unanimous decision by the Zimbabwe Advertising Research Foundation (ZARF) board on Monday, 17 January 2011.

By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Jan 2011

Zim: The Standard rebrands
Zim: The Standard rebrands

Zimbabwe's weekly The Standard newspaper, part of the Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) group controlled by media tycoon Trevor Ncube, has rebranded and slashed its cover price by half to US$1. The first rebranded edition hit the streets on 31 October 2010, and there has been a discernible market acceptance.

By Dumisani Ndlela 8 Nov 2010

Zim: State-owned newspaper posts profit

The state-controlled Zimbabwe Newspapers Group (Zimpapers) says it is ready to face competition after posting a US$1.6 million profit at its newspaper division, which publishes former-monopoly daily newspapers now under threat from new entrants.

By Dumisani Ndlela 28 Sep 2010

Zim: Daily News to launch in October

The much-awaited Daily News newspaper is finally expected to hit the streets in October after a hold-up caused by problems with its printing press. Managing editor, John Gambanga told Bizcommunity.com: "All I can say is that we're coming out sometime in October after refurbishment of our printing press."

By Dumisani Ndlela 10 Sep 2010

Zim newspaper readership slumps, TV viewership grows

Newspaper readership slumped across the board during the second quarter (Q2) of the year, largely reflecting a liquidity crunch triggered by the dollarisation of the country's economy last year, according to the 2010 Zimbabwe All Media Products and Services Survey (ZAMPS).

By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Jul 2010

Trevor Ncube's brave new Zimbabwe
Trevor Ncube's brave new Zimbabwe

Trevor Ncube, the owner of the Mail & Guardian newspaper, has leaped back into the brave new world that is Zimbabwe today with a new daily newspaper, NewsDay. The Zimbabwean publisher and entrepreneur, who remained a thorn in Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's side with his two weekly newspapers even after he left Zimbabwe, talks to Bizcommunity.com about the business of launching a paper in a wrecked economy.

By Gill Moodie 23 Jun 2010

Cautious optimism as Newsday hits the streets of Zimbabwe
Cautious optimism as Newsday hits the streets of Zimbabwe

Change was the biggest obstacle to the launch of NewsDay in Zimbabwe this past week. Not democratic change. Or progressive media change. But a lack of common currency or coins that vendors could offer as change to people mobbing them for independent news. The Daily Maverick spoke to Trevor Ncube in Harare about the launch of his new daily independent.

By Mandy de Waal 11 Jun 2010

Zim: Pressure mounts for new broadcasters

Pressure is now mounting on Zimbabwe's inclusive government to move with speed towards registering new broadcasters after the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) registered four daily newspapers last week.

By Dumisani Ndlela 2 Jun 2010

Sunday Times joins euphoria in Zimbabwe

South Africa's Sunday Times has joined the euphoria in Zimbabwe over a new media landscape expected with the launch of new media outlets after regulators pledged to accelerate registration of newspapers.

By Dumisani Ndlela 25 Mar 2010

Zim: State-owned newspapers in the red despite monopoly

Zimbabwe's state-owned newspapers performed dismally last year despite enjoying a virtual monopoly on the daily news market, recording an operational loss of US$329 000 during the year to 31 December 2009.

By Dumisani Ndlela 16 Mar 2010

SADC Media Awards 2010 launched
SADC Media Awards 2010 launched

Collins Chabane, minister in the presidency in charge of performance monitoring and evaluation, and government spokesperson Themba Maseko last night, Thursday, 4 February 2010, made an impassioned plea to South African journalists to participate in the SADC Media Awards competition, saying it promotes regional integration and togetherness through excellent journalism.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 5 Feb 2010

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