Media in the Digital Age


Campaigning in the digital age
19 Apr 2016

Campaigning in the digital age

Press releases, resolutions, workshops and demonstrations are all tried-and-tested tools in campaigns for freedom of expression. But, with today’s technology, there are other ways now to rally support. In addition to traditional media, campaigners these days are adopting social networking, mobile phones, blogs, wikis and a range of other innovations to make an impact. It is important for activists to be aware and understand the potential...

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Traditional media wrestles with digital reality
11 Apr 2016

Traditional media wrestles with digital reality

The audience supply line has broken, the digital audience is disloyal, and the talent unaffordable – it’s a sobering picture of the many challenges facing traditional media in the internet era. In the old days, when it came to the media, the best stories usually took time to simmer. They needed painstaking work, many hands and heads, and lots of time. The result was then...

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The revolutionary tool of the internet has its dark side
11 Apr 2016

The revolutionary tool of the internet has its dark side

While we celebrate the potential of digital technologies to promote free expression and access to information, we should also realise there are lurking dangers as well. It’s crucial to work together to keep them at bay. As a child, Nelson Mandela watched the regular tribal meetings at the Great Place in his village. “Everyone who wanted to speak did so,” he wrote in his autobiography....

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Open data and new technologies: keys to the media’s future
11 Apr 2016

Open data and new technologies: keys to the media’s future

The future of news likely lies with mobile phones, data and drone journalism. These new technologies turn news into a dialogue and enable new levels of access to data may save lives. The spread of mobile phones and connectivity across Africa offers opportunities and challenges for the way information will be discovered and used by citizens. If people have the necessary skills and knowledge, open...

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Keeping newspapers relevant in the digital age
11 Apr 2016

Keeping newspapers relevant in the digital age

After four decades in print, publisher Gwen Lister says she’s been called a “dinosaur” because she was and remains a believer in newspapers – even in the face of the digital tsunami. As the digital revolution and new technologies gain impetus, the media world changes with almost frightening rapidity. The survival of traditional media, print in particular, will depend more than ever before on journalistic...

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