Digital Impact Awards' nominees for 2019 announced.
Nominees announced for Digital Impact Awards in Africa

Organisers of the annual Digital Impact Awards Africa, HiPipo, have released the nominees for the 6th Digital Impact Awards Africa. Under the theme #IncludeEveryone, Digital Impact Awards Africa is a platform that promotes digital inclusion, financial inclusion and cybersecurity.

17 hours ago

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Donor-funded journalism is on the rise in Africa: why it needs closer scrutiny

An enormous and increasing portion of the foreign development aid coming into Africa annually is for media development. Foreign aid funds diverse projects, ranging from investigative journalism in Nigeria, to stories on Chinese building projects in Kenya, or health reporting in South Africa.

3 days ago

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Fake news and the role of the ordinary citizen

Fake news is eroding trust in the media in Africa, fuelling hate speech and leading to violence in extreme instances. Research into the responsibility of citizens in the spread of fake news will be presented at the PAMRO conference next month.

3 days ago

Sudanese protesters are seen with their smartphones in Khartoum on April 21, 2019. CPJ has called on South African telecommunications company MTN Group to end its role in Sudan’s internet shutdowns. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Ozan Kose.
MTN Group urged to end participation in internet shutdowns in Sudan

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 22 other organisations in signing a joint letter to executives at South African telecommunications company MTN Group, calling on them to end their roles in Sudan's internet shutdowns.

By Justin Shilad 3 days ago

An SA win at D&AD New Blood Awards
An SA win at D&AD New Blood Awards

D&AD has announced the winners of their 2019 New Blood Awards at a ceremony held in London, with Bernice Puleng Mosala of Vega School in Johannesburg winning a Yellow Pencil for her Rexona #MoveAgainstAnxiety campaign.

12 Jul 2019

In an interview today, Tanzanian Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi said that journalist Azory Gwanda (pictured), who has been missing since 2017, is dead. Credit: CPJ/Mwananchi.
In BBC interview, Tanzanian foreign minister says journalist Azory Gwanda is dead

The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday called on the Tanzanian government to provide a detailed public account of the fate of freelance journalist Azory Gwanda after the country's foreign minister, Palamagamba Kabudi, said in an interview that the journalist is dead.

11 Jul 2019

Ad Tech Masterclass in Nigeria.
Creating a brand safe environment for advertisers in Africa

Julian Jordaan, commercial director of 365 Digital, talks to Bizcommunity.Africa about the need to create brand safe, trusted, premium digital advertising inventory across Africa, by introducing programmatic ad buying. 365 Digital, supported by Google, recently conducted Ad Tech Masterclasses in Nigeria, aimed at "fostering a greater unified online advertising ecosystem and to bring about digital transformation to local online publishers in monetisation and ad technology".

By Louise Marsland 11 Jul 2019

Coding workshop.
Young Ghanaian innovator wants to inspire youth

SAP, UNESCO and over 130 partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors are currently gearing up to introduce coding skills to 1.5 million youth across 37 countries in October 2019. This year's youth ambassador for Africa Code Week (ACW), Mustapha Diyaol Haqq, hails from Ghana, where he taught himself to code, walking kilometres to internet cafes.

11 Jul 2019

Kantar announces South Africa's Top 20 Best Liked Ads for 2018
Kantar announces South Africa's Top 20 Best Liked Ads for 2018

Kantar's Best Liked Ads list celebrates South Africa's favourite TV commercials. These are the ads that have been rated as the best liked by the South African audience whom we believe to be the most important critic - the person who ultimately chooses to buy your brand or not.

Issued by Kantar 10 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. Last year, over $1.2 billion was raised for African startups, according to Partech, marking substantial growth at 108% year on year.

By Louise Marsland 10 Jul 2019

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Best Use of Data jury announced for Warc Media Awards 2019

Warc has announced the jury lineup for the Best Use of Data category for the Warc Media Awards 2019.

10 Jul 2019

Ipeleng Mkhari, CEO and founder of Motseng Investment Holdings, speaking at the RICS Summit Africa 2019.
AfCFTA creates optimism on the continent

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) has the potential to lift intra-African trade by more than 52%, simply by eliminating import duties. Africa has a market of around 1.3 billion people currently and a GDP of approximately $2.5 trillion.

9 Jul 2019

Spotify introduces Spotify Lite in areas with limited bandwidth, phone storage
Spotify introduces Spotify Lite in areas with limited bandwidth, phone storage

Digital music service Spotify has introduced a new version of its app for those of us who have old devices, poor network connectivity and data plans. Spotify Lite operates as a smaller, faster and simplified version of the main Spotify app and is already available on Google Play in 36 markets across Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa.

9 Jul 2019