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Countdown to close of entries: SABC – Telkom – Highway Africa New Media Awards 2011

With only two more weeks left before the close of applications for the SABC-Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards 2011, the countdown has begun to the event that celebrates Africa’s new media leaders.

The 11th SABC-Telkom-Highway Africa Conference will for the first time be experienced outside of Grahamstown, at the Cape Town International Conference Centre.

“Highway Africa recognizes and celebrates the role that African journalists continue to play in telling the story of the continent in all its complexity. It is a story of hope and despair, of war and peace, of building and destroying. The women and men who dedicate their lives to bring that story, deserve to be celebrated. At the Highway Africa Conference we do exactly that,” said Chris Kabwato, Highway Africa Director.

Criteria for the SABC-Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards 2011

Judges are looking for innovative applications of new media in African journalism and the media. Awards are given in three categories: 1) Individual; 2) Non-profit; and 3) Corporate.

Individual and Non-profit category: Recognition will be given to persons or organisations who find INNOVATIVE ways to overcome the limitations of the existing African infrastructure. Corporate category: Judges will be looking for creative adaptation of global technologies in an African media context. Other broad criterion is the use of new media to benefit press freedom in Africa and encourage social empowerment in African communities.

Prizes

Winners of these awards will receive a coveted trophy, and prizes at the prestigious gala event sponsored by Telkom, on Sunday 18 September, in Cape Town, during the 15th Highway Africa Conference.

Enter or submit a nomination by downloading an application form, from http://www.highwayafrica.com. Email completed form to awards@highwayafrica.com.

Applications close Friday 5 August 2011, 16.30 South Africa time

Enquiries: For more information please contact Bronwyn Jacobs (b.jacobs@ru.ac.za ); +2746 603 7186.

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 Q. Presently employed as?
A. As a journalist David Kezio-Musoke is currently a Reuters’ correspondent based in Kigali, Rwanda. He also writes for Africa Review an e-magazine project owned by Nation Media Group, covering stories from all over Africa.  Kezio-Musoke is also a Public Relations Consultant with Tigo Rwanda a brand of Millicom International Cellular. Millicom is a global telecommunications group with mobile telephony operations in 13 countries in Latin America and Africa. Kezio-Musoke is also an active blogger and a visual artist specializing with oils on canvas.

Q. Explain the nature of your business or your role within New Media?
A. I am a practicing journalist. Reuters is a news wire where journalists use on-line tools in order to develop and file stories and interact with editors and colleagues all over the world.

Q. Location of your business or company?
A. As a journalist I cover mostly the East African region which some of my editors love to refer to it as Great Lakes region. I am Ugandan but based in Kigali Rwanda while reporting to Reuters Nairobi Kenya.

 Q. Links to your website/s?
http://af.reuters.com
http://www.africareview.com
Blogs:
kezio-musoke.blogspot.com/
keziomusoke-at-artsfestival.blogspot.com/
To read about my art work:
http://cgiampietri.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/david-kezio-musoke-the-soul-of-an-artist/

Q. How do you see new media playing itself out in the future, what will be your contribution to the industry?
A. It’s funny but personally I am a bit sceptical about the relevance of New Media more especially in Africa where bandwidth is an issue. Downloading a website with voice, flim and images is quite a challenge, if one’s download speeds are low. But I think the way we define ‘New Media’ … in the near future might change. Technology is changing and we are opting for smart phones and gadgets to bridge the bandwidth challenges. Every other day something new comes up. Tablets, smart phones, smart TV etc. These optimize their software to suit the markets they are serving. All of a sudden we have an App world which I would not necessarily refer to a New Media. So apart from producing content how will upload it will depend on the way developers will unveil themselves in the future. There is no doubt the future is certainly going to be an interesting one.

Q. New Media is being used by children as young as five, that said,  it is clear if  you do not keep abreast with trends in new media you inclined to feel isolated from main stream living, what advice do you have for people who have lagged behind and would like to know where to begin?
A. Actually at resent one can only worry about being conversant with on-line tools and a few basics skills. The rest falls in place with time. Language is no longer a problem because companies like Google and Facebook are trying to reach everyone in a language they are comfortable with. Smartphone software builders have developed tools (Apps) which can allow users to reach the Internet (Facebook, Google search, Google Talk, Twitter, Picassa etc), without the hassle of opening pages on-line on desktops. Probably one should begin with buying a smart phone.

 

Q. Presently employed as?
A • Chief Operation Officer and co-founder at Social Code Online Agency
A • Owner at Gregor Rohrig Photography

Q. Explain the nature of your business or your role within New Media and print in your case?

I am a media professional and entrepreneur, currently the Chief Operations Officer and co-founder of Social Code Online Agency, a dynamic digital agency based in Cape Town. Social Code is a technology based agency that focused on social media and digital product development. The very nature of this business revolves around everything that is digital, online, and in the new media field.

Prior to moving to Cape Town to start up Social Code I was Head of Digital Innovation at Avusa Media. There I was responsible for overseeing and managing the company’s first digital innovation unit, which focused on developing cutting-edge mobile & web applications for the South African internet. During my time at Avusa I was part of a digital swat team that successfully shifted the corporate mindset to think and act digital. My role allowed me to contribute and grow the digital business which resulted in Times LIVE reaching a record breaking 1 million unique users and over 500 000 unique domestic users.
In 2009, my team and I were involved in the successful launch of the award winning Times LIVE, the re-branded and re-designed digital home of The Times and the Sunday Times – having further re-developed Times LIVE Mobile, Times LIVE Multimedia, and Times LIVE Blogs. Other projects include, Go2010, Times Explorer, SA Elections.
In 2007, I was involved in the successful launch of The Times and the conceptualization, implementation and management of The Times Multimedia operation. As the appointed Times Multimedia Production Editor, I oversaw the general technical production of multimedia products; developed rich media style guides and strategies, as well as managing and training a team of multimedia producers.
In 2006 I also co-founded the award winning student resource site, Jo’s Toolkit, which won the highly acclaimed Highway Africa Innovative Use of New Media Award.
Location of your business or company?

Q. Where are you based?

A. Cape Town

Q. Links to your websites:

http://www.socialcode.biz/

http://www.gregorrohrig.com/

Q. How do you see new media playing itself out in the future, what will be your contribution to the industry looking towards the future now?

A. My contribution towards the future will be the same contribution have made in the past thus far. What I, and my company does, is ultimately enabling brands, people, and business to have a digital presence and understanding. With every new client, project, product launch, and consultation, another member of society or a business is taken one step further into entering and partaking in the new media environment. Digital agencies and online professionals in general are enablers, who are stimulating the shift into the digital new media era. Therefore no matter how new media plays out in the future what we do now will be just as effective as new media plays itself out. Once you have the ability to aid people and companies into embracing media now, the job is done for the future.

Q. To new comers how should they structure their time with new media namely blogging, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc. For people whose industry does not involve any form of media, how do they manage their time and not become overwhelmed?

Consumption behaviour adapts to the technologies we are exposed to. Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube already play a huge and important part in our lives. We use our phones to access all these networks, we even use our tv’s to watch You Tube.

New technologies ultimately become part of every day life, they become our routine means of how we communicate and interact. As such, new technologies will ultimately structure themselves organically (either by them or us adapting to them) just as the introduction of the TV,Cellphones, etc have introduced and established themselves into our every day workings.
It’s important to interact with all these technologies, and thus would not argue a required time structure, since the use of these technologies will inevitably become part of ones every day life… As well as this digital media is so versatile that any type of industry can make use of one form of online media or another, there’s a space for everyone in digital you just have to find what works best.

Q. New Media is being used by children as young as five, that said,it is clear if you do not keep abreast with trends in new media you inclined to feel isolated from main stream living, what advice do you have for people who have lagged behind and would like to know where to begin?

A. Ask those around you that are using the technology. Get them to show you what they use online, on their phone, etc. Then, use Google, do some research, all the information required to understand what is going on is available online anyways, and the barriers of entry are getting less and less. Also, many people are scared, they are worried that they will not understand or adapt to using new technologies – but there are plenty of examples of people who have been scared but have overcome that angst by just trying out what is offered. We must not forget that technology has become so much more intuitive and because we live in a society, surrounded by technology/new media 24/7, we actually are in tune much more now than ever before.