SCHOOL OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION
Pan-African University, Lagos
JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES IN AFRICA: NEW TECHNOLOGIES, NEW PRACTICES AND THE RENEWAL OF MEDIA TRAINING IN AFRICA
(August 23 – 27 2009)
The institution of media as we know it is being transformed virtually beyond recognition right before our eyes. The advent of the internet in the late nineteen nineties, leading to the near total dominance of new media technologies and the ICT in general, has engendered new journalism practices, well beyond the notion of technology as aid. As illustration, networked journalism, citizen journalism (including the IReport on Cable News Network) and the frequent recourse of major news networks to such reports in major news bulletins; the rise of social networks as a means of self-presentation; the rise of blogs; the reliance of major newspapers, radio and television on their websites for in-depth or further depth… all these point to what amounts to a paradigm shift in the global practice of journalism.
In Africa, the changes are less noticed. But the rise and rise of satellite television (Multichoice, Hi Tv, DAAR Communication among others); the emergence of such dedicated networks as CNBC-Africa l show an alternative movement from the past. This movement, if not premised on technological difference, but on a shift away from public broadcasting or free to air, to pay per view, is also changing media consumption patterns.
These developments raise fundamental questions about how we think and practice and teach media in Africa. This conference is billed as a meeting point of industry and the academy in Africa, and between the public and private sectors. Besides the key thematic issue of the transforming role of ICT in journalism practices, we are concerned to bring to the fore sub-thematic problems of funding, capacity and inadequate infrastructure. No less germane are questions of policy as governments struggle to come to terms with the aspirations of industry in virtually all African countries. From the point of view of the academy, inadequate training facilities conspire with inadequately prepared faculty and out of date curriculum to keep the continent playing catch-up.
To address these and similar issues, 500-word abstracts are invited from scholars, industry practitioners and public officials. Industry practitioners may be journalists and media managers or from media technology equipment and service providers. Companies wishing to show case their products are also invited for the conference-long exhibition and workshops that will form an integral part of this event.
A. Conceptualizing and Theorizing the New Media
Convergence and Interactivity
One-to-many; many-to-many: corporations and new media
What is New about the New Media?
B. New Journalism Practices
Streaming in electronic media
C. New Media and Media Enterprise in Africa and Elsewhere
D. Curriculum and Training Regimes
Restructuring Media Training
Role of ICT in Training Delivery
Virtual Classrooms: E-learning Tools
E. Contexts and Environments of new media practices
Political and Social Contexts
Economic and Financial Issues
Business and Enterprise Management Issues
The deadlines for submission of abstracts and full paper are now 30th March, and 30th June, 2009.
Assistance to African Participants
We hope to secure some funding in the months ahead. Participants from Africa wishing to attend may apply for these funds in any of the following three categories: (a) full funding to cover airfare and accommodation; (b) airfare only; (c) accommodation only. Kindly note that funding in categories (a) and (b) is quite limited. Participants are therefore strongly encouraged to seek other sources of funding. Tea and lunch are provided for all participants.
(a) Participants from outside Africa $150.00
(b) Participant from Africa but excluding Nigeria $100.00
(c) Participants from Nigeria
Note that fees are not based on nationality or other factors but on usual place of residence.
a) Abstracts and academic issues should be addressed to Añulika Agina at
b) Exhibition issues should be addressed to Tayo Akinyede at
c) Workshop and hospitality issues should be addressed to Ijeoma Nwezeh at
Prof. Emevwo Biakolo
Dean, School of Media and Communication