Tag: africa

by Julie Keck

1. Amazon’s vision for the future of self-publishing (Digital Book World) 2. E-book distribution solutions emerge from Africa (AllAfrica) 3. The all-new monthly literary prize – for self-published authors (Alison Flood / Guardian) 4. Is dawn finally breaking for e-books in Spanish? (Erik Riesenberg / Publishers Weekly) 5. The bullies win: Authors abandoning publishing over […] more »

by Rick Rockwell

On a first trip to Africa, a hand shot up in the back of the classroom. A young radio journalist began his commentary this way: “I have respect for the professor from the United States, but he is revealing how little he truly knows about Liberia.” Looking back, that moment crystallized just when I realized […] more »

by Andrew Giles Buckley

Only days before the production crew for “Hit and Run History” was to board a flight to Africa, I got a message over Facebook: “Bring plenty of bug spray.” The year prior, we had taken on the story of the Columbia Expedition — the first American voyage around the world. With the rapid changes in digital […] more »

by Jennifer Dorroh

In Africa, where mobile news and digital innovation are growing but startup capital is too often scarce, innovators have a unique opportunity to help reinvent media: the African News Innovation Challenge. The newly launched contest, modeled on the Knight News Challenge, will award $1 million (in increments of $12,500 to $100,000) to projects that create […] more »

by Mark Hannah

On May 7, I published an introduction to issue advocacy on the Internet, which looked at three opportunities and three challenges to communicators who hope to take their advocacy campaign online. Online content, I pointed out, is interactive (as opposed to merely informational), syndicatable (as opposed to confined or static) and permanent (as opposed to […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

Bloggers have always been timely in their response to local, regional and international crises and Kenyan bloggers were no different when violence broke out following the December 2007 elections. Within nine days Ushahidi, “a platform that crowdsources crisis information,” was born. Ushahidi But that open source platform is now being “localized” to cover conflicts in […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

On October 19, U.S.-based Nigerian blogger and journalist Jonathan Elendu of Elendu Reports was arrested by the Nigerian State Security Services (SSS) upon his arrival at Abuja airport. It was some days before the SSS announced that Elendu had been charged, first with money laundering and then sedition. Yet another report claimed he was charged […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

Over the past couple of months I have been following a new African news portal, Africa News, the latest in the 12-year history of African online news media. Africa News goes much further than previous attempts to create online news communities serving Africa; the site includes content submitted by locally based citizen journalists who use […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

Simon Nkoli “The closet I have come out of — it is similar to the wardrobe my relieved parents stepped out of when I unlocked the wardrobe after the police had left. If you’re black in South Africa, the inhuman laws of apartheid closet you, if you’re gay in South Africa, the homophobic customs of […] more »

by Sokari Ekine

Mark Glaser is traveling this week, but we’re happy to have Sokari Ekine filling in as a special guest blogger. Ekine started the award-winning Black Looks blog in 2004, and covers challenging issues such as gender, sexuality and racism. Glaser will return to the blog next Monday. “Web 2.0 [is] a venture capitalist’s paradise where […] more »