Tag: cellphone journalism

by Harry Dugmore

During the massive Highway Africa conference, two Knight Foundation funded projects, the Iindaba Ziyafika (‘the news is coming’) Citizen Journalism newsroom and the Nika content management system, were launched. The Iindaba Ziyafika newsroom has 10 computers and the ability to download photos and content from any cellphone (both wirelessly and through the most amazing collection […] more »

by Harry Dugmore

Cell phones are great for making calls, listening and speaking. So when it comes to media convergence, and the ability to do more and more on our cell phones, why is our media still so writing-centric? Even in the Iindaba Ziyafika project, our Knight funded expansion of the public sphere in Grahamstown City, we’re focused […] more »

by Harry Dugmore

Getting your photo published by CNN, or having the BBC follow up on a story lead you’ve emailed or sent in by short message text (or Twitter) is often its own reward. Whatever your motivation might have been – civic duty, anger, impressing your friends, ambition – it’s a kick for many just to see […] more »

by Guy Berger

No, this article is not about broadcasters shifting to digital transmission. But it’s about something that’s also a huge change — uprooting from known territory and heading for the unknown complexities of digital country. Switch-over in the sense of convergence is the challenge facing South African community paper Grocott’s Mail. The publication is at the […] more »

by Guy Berger

The news has started to flow. It’s a trial-trickle from township teenagers, through to other social groupings in Grahamstown. With the kick-off of phase one during 2008, citizen youth content has crossed the chasm of age difference to reach the older readers of the Grocott’s Mail newspaper. This is an early manifestation of the Knight […] more »

by Guy Berger

In August, we start some initial workshops with high school learners, to discuss with them what it takes to be “citizen journalists” – contributing content that the mainstream will publish. What’s more, the content is constrained by being 140 characters long – sms is the method of communications for now. Over the course of 8 […] more »