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The dilemma of leadership in the advertising and media industry
The dilemma of leadership in the advertising and media industry

How are leaders in our industry chosen? Often, the position goes to someone who is 'likeable' and a natural 'people's person'. Oh, and often very good at their job. But is that the real qualities that we need in a leader? I don't think so...

By Chris Botha 3 days ago

New Wan-Ifra report tackling disinformation around the world
New Wan-Ifra report tackling disinformation around the world

Wan-Ifra has released a new report that looks at the global map of remedies adopted by governments whose objective is to combat the disinformation crisis, though with extremely diverse intent and effects...

15 May 2019

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Imagine a world without data?

Why local insights and research associations like PAMRO are important...

By Joaquim Bretcha Boix 13 May 2019

Cobus Heyl is Burn Media Group’s new chief products officer.
Cobus Heyl announced as director, chief product officer of Burn Media

The Burn Media Group - which publishes Ventureburn and its sister site Memeburn - has announced Cobus Heyl as the company's new chief product officer...

13 May 2019

Cameroonian journalist wins APO trip to EurAfrican Forum
Cameroonian journalist wins APO trip to EurAfrican Forum

Cameroonian journalist Monica Nkodo wins APO Group invitation to attend the 2019 EurAfrican Forum, one the most prestigious EU-Africa events...

10 May 2019

Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine appears for his bail application via a video link from prison, on a television screen in a court in Kampala, Uganda, on May 2, 2019. Uganda's media regulator suspended staff from 13 broadcast outlets for covering his arrest. Credit: CPJ/AP/Ronald Kabuubi.
Ugandan regulator suspends staff from 13 outlets that covered Bobi Wine

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Uganda's media regulator to immediately rescind an order suspending staff from 13 radio and television stations over their coverage of opposition politician, Bobi Wine...

10 May 2019

African Business magazine launches event series
African Business magazine launches event series

Asoko Insight and African Business magazine announce African Business DealRoom partnership...

10 May 2019

Editor from South Sudan is 2019 Africa Laureate
Editor from South Sudan is 2019 Africa Laureate

WAN-IFRA announces 2019 Laureates of the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award...

9 May 2019

AWIEF Awards 2018.
APO partners with AWIEF to empower women entrepreneurs

APO Group and Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) partner for deeper impact on African women's entrepreneurship...

9 May 2019

A billboard for Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, who won re-election in February. Credit: CPJ/Jonathan Rozen.
Nigerian journalists speak out on press freedom

'You cannot muzzle the media' - Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari...

By Jonathan Rozen 8 May 2019

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a press conference in Addis Ababa, in August 2018. Since Abiy's election, conditions for Ethiopia's journalists have improved, but some challenges remain. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Michael Tewelde.
How the media is faring in Ethiopia

Under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's media have more freedom but challenges remain...

By Muthoki Mumo 7 May 2019

Screen grab from ADC 98th Annual Awards' Black Cube for Best of Show winner, “The Truth Is Worth It,” on behalf of The New York Times, awarded to Final Cut New York and Furlined Santa Monica with Droga5 New York.
#OneShow2019: All the ADC 2019 winners!

The colours of the 711 winners of the 98th global ADC Annual Awards were revealed on the first evening of the One Club for Creativity's Creative Week, held on 6 May 2018 at Metropolitan West in New York, with a Merit Award coming home to SA, for Grid Worldwide's #HopeJoanna...

7 May 2019

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Explaining the explainer video: how to write a good video script

Explainer videos. Also known as whiteboard animations, illustrated stories, and fast-draw videos. They're either the best thing ever for your product, service or brand, helping you to unpack what you do quickly and compellingly. Or they're an expensive piece of website filler that few visitors watch, and almost no one views all the way to the end...

By Tiffany Markman 6 May 2019

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A mixed bag of media freedom in southern Africa - SAEF

As we commemorate this year's World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2019, the Southern African Editor's Forum (SAEF) reports a mixed bag of media freedom within its chapters and southern Africa as a whole...

3 May 2019

DStv rolls out news channel Newzroom Afrika
DStv rolls out news channel Newzroom Afrika

NewzRoom Afrika is a 24-hour news channel is owned by media personalities Thabile Ngwato and Thokozani Nkosi...

3 May 2019

Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa
Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa

Freedom is weakening across Africa and more worrying is the considerable willingness to accept government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security...

By Peter Penar and Carolyn Logan 3 May 2019

How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes
How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes

It's pleasing that the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters without Borders rates the state of press freedom in South Africa as "satisfactory". Satisfactory is the second best category after "good"...

By Glenda Daniels 3 May 2019

Image via : A woman is reflected next to a poster outside a community hall hosting a night vigil for kidnapped photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed, on January 18, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Community members, friends, family and colleagues of photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed held a night vigil at the Lenasia South Civic Centre. Mohamed was abducted in Syria on 10 January while working with the aid mission Gift of the Givers. (Photo by Gallo Images / Dino Lloyd)
South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, kidnapped in January 2017, is shown alive in new video

A video sent to the NGO Gift of the Givers shows South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, abducted in Syria in early 2017, to be alive. In the video, dated 13 April, Mohamed said he fears for his life and begs for help from a number of people and organisations...

By Jonah Dylan 2 May 2019

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Reporting on China in Africa is too binary

The accuracy of reporting on China's involvement in Africa can be "deeply misleading". What needs to be done to fix it...

By Yu-Shan Wu 30 Apr 2019

One journalist will win a trip to EurAfrican Forum
One journalist will win a trip to EurAfrican Forum

Media can win an invitation to the 2019 EurAfrican Forum and travel to Portugal to cover one of the most prestigious EU-Africa events...

29 Apr 2019

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BBC rolls out 'Gist Nigeria'

BBC and Channels Television launch new current affairs programme called 'Gist Nigeria' on Channels TV in Nigeria...

23 Apr 2019

Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state
Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state

Unidentified men arrested Jones Abiri, the editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, in the Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa...

18 Apr 2019

Five key learnings from SXSW 2019
Five key learnings from SXSW 2019

Founders of Brandtruth//DGTL Integrated Content Practice, Wayne Flemming and Zubeida Goolam discusses five key learnings from the SXSW talks they attended, from A$AP Rocky and Trevor Noah to Brené Brown and Gwyneth Paltrow...

By Wayne Flemming and Zubeida Goolam 18 Apr 2019

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Google launches news innovation challenge for African media

Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge expands to Africa...

17 Apr 2019

Traffic flows in Mogadishu's Hodan district in 2018. On March 30, 2019 armed men raided the offices of Somalia's Universal TV station. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Feisal Omar.
Armed men raid Somalia's Universal TV, fire guns in station

Authorities in Somalia should urgently investigate an attack on the privately-owned station Universal TV and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

15 Apr 2019

Soldiers stand guard on April 2, 2019, in Moroni, the capital of the Comoros. Journalists have been detained and newspapers have been disrupted surrounding the country's recent presidential election. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Youssouf Ibrahim.
Comoros authorities detain journalist, censor newspapers amid political crisis

Authorities in the Comoros should stop detaining journalists and censoring the press in the wake of the disputed March 24 presidential election...

15 Apr 2019

Military police patrol the streets of Gorongosa, in central Mozambique, on November 19, 2013. A radio journalist in Mozambique has been held in pretrial detention since January, 2019. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenburg.
Mozambique National Journalist's Day marred by detention

CPJ joins calls for immediate and unconditional release of Mozambican radio journalist, Amade Abubacar...

12 Apr 2019

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Attack on Zim 263 Chat website a blatant attempt to muzzle the media

Police fired tear gas into the 263 Chat newsroom after chasing reporter Lovejoy Mtongwiza to the website's offices...

12 Apr 2019

Mo Abudu receives medal of honour at MIPTV Cannes
Mo Abudu receives medal of honour at MIPTV Cannes

Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu receives 2019 Médailles d'Honneur at Cannes MIPTV...

11 Apr 2019

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