Saturday, June 19, 2010

African Voices in the Global Media Space: the 14th Highway Africa Media Conference

The 14th Highway Africa Conference takes place between 4th and 7th July 2010 at Rhodes University, Eastern Cape, South Africa. During this event Highway Africa will recognise media practitioners in various key categories. This event is touted as the largest gathering of journalists in Africa.

The event, which has become one of the hallmarks of new media achievement in Africa highlights the power of the media among communities especially as a way of promoting open and free expression that boosts growth and development.

This event will also see the 10th Edition of the Africa New Media Awards. The 3 categories for awards will be:

  • Individual/Student – awarded to individual persons who design or appropriate new affordable applications of communication technologies to overcome the limitations of existing infrastructure and/or capital resources.
  • Not-for-Profit – awarded to users of appropriate media technology to advance and assist communities and persons limited by infrastructure and/or technological access.
  • Corporate – awarded to corporate groups for creative and appropriate adaptation of technologies within the continent to complete effectively in the wider environment.

Entries will have a broad criteria which include:

The judges will consider the use of new media technologies to:

  • Advance press freedom on the continent;
  • Encourage social empowerment amongst marginalised communities;
  • Highlight innovative and creative applications of global technology for the benefit of the continent’s overall media development.
More details on the Highway Africa website