is experiencing a massive anti-media drive around the
world, and the current relationship between
readers is a fraught one.
Add to this the industry’s straitened economic environment, the rise of calculated misinformation and fake news, the enabling of dictators by the USA under Trump, and the picture appears to look bleak.
One solution is to produce journalism that’s usable. Journalism that people can use to change their lives for the better, and to change the world we live in.
And journalism that is user-centric, that users and readers can consume easily because it’s beautifully designed and produced, and gives a great user experience.
Media Indaba Africa showcases the tools and strategies to make great journalism that people can use, as well as the business cases, collaborative projects, new technologies and future strategies that are driving journalism today.
More than 300 participants from all over Africa and the world attended Media Indaba Africa 2017, which featured over 60 speakers and trainers.
These included representatives from some of the leading media and tech brands: WikiTribune, Atlantic Council, Quartz Africa, Hacks/Hackers, Human Rights Watch, Daily Maverick, amaBhungane, Sunday Times, g0v, Omidyar, Huffington Post SA, Mail & Guardian’s Bhekisisa, BMGF, City Press, OjoPublico, Carte Blanche, MSF and others.
A variety of carefully curated talks and workshops covered collaborative and data-driven journalism, and drone, bot and sensor journalism, much of it along a central track on misinformation and fact-checking.
Media Indaba Africa is hosted by the continent’s largest data journalism and civic technology federation, Code for Africa, in partnership with Hacks/Hackers Africa.