June 4, 2010: Deadline to apply to Highway Africa 2010: African Voices in the Global Media Space

    | May 24, 2010

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    Highway Africa is an annual conference hosted by Rhodes University and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The conference will be held in Grahamstown, South Africa, from July 5-7, 2010.

    According to the organizers, there has been a growth of global media networks alongside the explosion of the internet as a major media platform. African media entrepreneurs have sought to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by technology, economies, markets, and other factors. The conference will be a celebration and an investigation of African journalism and media. It will consider how these are opening up and expanding spaces for engagement, using plenary sessions, workshops, book launches, networking dinners, and debates.

    Some of the questions to be addressed include the following:

    -What is the state of African media in comparison with the media of other regions?
    -What broadcasting networks exist and what is their impact?
    -What unique technologies or applications has Africa developed that contribute to diverse and pluralistic views?

    The conference is open to journalists, academics, bloggers, students, publishers, and other interested media practitioners. A limited number of scholarships will be made available for participants who are unable to cover their costs. The cost for the conference is 4,000 South African rand (about 515 American dollars, approximately 405 Euros).

    For more information, see: http://www.highwayafrica.com/?page_id=5. For specific questions, e-mail C.Kabwato@ru.ac.za.