Citizen journalism as a form of civic participation, is a product of technological advances but also a response to the societal needs to broaden an insufficient or altered information space and make it more adaptable to people’s needs. Many believe the traditional press on the continent is under threat, with commercialization and government interests controlling content and concentrating ownership. A lack of funding is shrinking which limits the ability to do investigative journalism and innovate quickly. Citizen journalists provide, in this context, an opportunity to witness and report on issues affecting people’s daily lives and go directly to the people with the information, using digital tools. The webinar will:
-Analyze the social context of the practice of citizen journalism in Africa.
-Assess the technological basis of citizen journalism and its access limitations.
-Explore relevant and engaging content to gather and amplify citizen voices.
-Reflect on innovative news sources, such as citizen reporting platforms.
-Address quality controls and professional standards, in relation to citizen journalism.
-Evaluate the democratic value of citizen journalism, as a way of appreciating its transformative power.
-Natasha Kimani, Research and Media Program Lead, Africa No Filter, Kenya
-Sallu Kamuskay, Founder, Salone Messenger Sierra Leone
-Privilege Musvanhiri, Freelance Journalist, Zimbabwe
-Ruth Omar Esther, Freelance Journalist, Democratic Republic of the Congo
-Dr. Njoki Chege, Director, Innovation Centre at the Graduate School of Media and Communications, Aga Khan University
Emmanuel Yegon, Co-founder & Communications Director at Mobile Journalism Africa
Aurra Kawanzaruwa, Director, Africa is Digital, Board Member Digital Communication Network Africa, Zimbabwe
The webinar is produced by Digital Communication Network Global, World Learning and Mobile Journalism Africa.