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Dr Julie Reid is a lecturer and academic in media studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA). When she’s not defending citizens’ rights to information and media freedom, she’s lecturing, or learning to ride her new motorcycle.

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Highway Africa is a great place to network and connect with journalists around the globe. Here you can meet the journos you’ve only admired as a by-line on a page.
Nexi Dennis, a business development journalist from the Seychelles, tells Elna Schütz about a special Highway Africa meeting today.

The Telkom Highway Africa New Media Awards are held yearly to reward innovative use of ICTs in Africa. This year’s finalists are Nigel Mugamu (Zimbabwe) and Jaco Liebenberg (South Africa) in the category for Innovative use of Technology for Community Engagement; John Mokwetsi (Zimbabwe) and Prof Anton Harber (South Africa) for Innovative Newsroom; and Dorothy Dadedjo Fouba (Cameroon) and Limbikani Makani Kabweza (Zimbabwe) for the Best IT Blog category. The Awards ceremony is to be held Monday 2 September at the Monument. Michelle Atagana, Managing Editor at Memeburn and one of this year’s judges, talks to Open Source’s Relebone Myambo about the Awards.

The first delegate
While many delegates are excitedly attending conference for the first or second time, Adam Clayton Powell is one of the few that is here for the 17th time. With almost fifty years of experience in news and media behind him, the current Senior Fellow at the University of Southern California’s has many a story to tell.
Elna Schütz sat down with him to hear his opinions of mobile and community media as well as some Highway Africa memories.

It’s day 1 of Highway Africa and we spoke to Michael Schmidt, director of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) about Conference, social media, and his take on the theme, speaking truth to power.
Photograph by Maciej Lacny