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African journalists: Registration open for the 14th Annual Highway Africa Conference

The conference is the world’s largest gathering of African journalists. The conference will take place at Rhodes University’s Eden Grove Complex, South Africa, 5-7 July 2010.

Highway Africa is a project of Rhodes University, in partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and the Department of Communication (South Africa) with the support of several partners, development agencies and sponsors. The conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism and new media for over a decade.

The 2010 Theme: African Voices in the Global Media Space

Highway Africa Conference 2010 will be both a celebration and an interrogation of African journalism and media and how these are opening up and expanding spaces for engagement. With globalisation being an accepted reality of modern society, the debate now is about what are the rules of engagement in this globalised world.

The conference will also look at training programmes that tertiary institutions and media organisations should develop in order to adequately equip the ideal 21st Century media professional. Discussions will evaluate African voices in the global blogosphere as well as the technologies and applications developed by Africa that contribute to the diverse voices in the global media arena.

Reporting Development Forum

Incorporated in the main conference will be the 2nd Reporting Development Forum (RDF). The RDF will bring together Africa’s top media professionals, communication for development experts, government communication staff and academics to debate issues including: Media and Africa’s development agenda; Business and Social Sustainability; and the Media Business in Africa.

For fourteen years the Highway Africa conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism and new media. The conference has over the years become the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world.

Over a previous meeting, African media executives discussing the peaceful co-existence of various forms of telecommunication, have proposed the use of the new phenomenon in the industry, known as citizen journalism, to bridge the growing need for local content.

According to the executives, content has always remained the driver of the broadcasting industry, but the local content is “the new king” in the game for a prosperous industry.

“We should now turn our attention to citizen journalism. That is a form of local content that is not being made use of in our media,” said Kiarie Nderitu, the Technical Manager, Nation Television (NTV).

Deadline for registration

Deadline for registration is 4 June 2010. Delegates are encouraged to register early at: http://www.highwayafrica.com/registration/.

Websites: check www.highwayafrica.com and www.reportingDNA.org for updates. For registration enquiries and information on conference logistics, contact:

-Conference Manager, Sibusiso Mtshali, s.mtshali@ru.ac.za, +27466037186

-Administrator, Luthando Kiti, l.kitit@ru.ac.za, +27466037187

-Conference Assistant, Nqobile Buthelezi, n.buthelezi@ru.ac.za, +27466037186

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Source: http://highwayafrica.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/

ACP in Cannes:

During the “Festival de Cannes 2010”, the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP Group) is pleased to invite delegates to the ACP Day Inauguration, on Thursday 13 May 2010 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., organized in partnership with “Les Cinémas du Monde” Pavillon.

Venue: Pavillon n°110 - Village International (Beach side of near the Majestic Hotel beach).

The Secretariat of the ACP Group of States implements the ACPFilms Programme, financed by the intra-ACP budget line of the European Development Fund (EDF). Its overall objective is to contribute to the development and structuring of ACP States’ Cinema and Audiovisual Industries. Under the 9th EDF, the ACPFims Programme supports 24 projects (12 production projects, 6 distribution and networking projects, and 6 training projects), for a total of 6.5 million euro. RSVP cocktail: infocannes@acp.int

More info at www.acpfilms.eu

Nigeria: Auditioning for “The Stolen Heritage”


Many Artefacts have been stolen, sculptors to deities from TERRACOTTA days.

The destination of some are known, others just disappear.

But when mother twin diety was stolen, the healer and protector of a community in Badagry, the ignorant perpetrators became the hunters of this sacred monument.

Traversing Nigeria, Benin Republic, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom, the hunters realize why they must be the keepers of their own, having witnessed the mysterious power of mother twin deity in a most amazing adventurous journey ever embarked upon in a quest to bring back their STOLEN HERITAGE of TERRACOTTA origin.

Sales of forms commences in April, while Auditioning is in August 2010

Ref: http://terracottaawards.com/movie.html

Highway Africa has set up its own social networking platform, The Network, on the Highway Africa website. The platform, created for journalists and media professionals, aims to connect delegates with other like-minded individuals. Registered members of The Network can share stories, ideas and discuss the state of the media in general, and more specifically media in African countries.

Ref: http://www.bizcommunity.com/

Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana is scheduled to lead a delegation formed by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in association with the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa, to the Cannes International Film Festival, 12-23 May 2010.

Ref: http://www.bizcommunity.com/