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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.

 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. CEO Zoopy Pty Ltd

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

A. Zoopy is a mobile video entertainment platform that delivers bite-sized videos of the latest news, sports and entertainment created especially for mobile, so your phone will love it! Zoopy delivers The World In 90 Seconds to hundreds of thousands of users a month, many of whom don’t have access to computers or televisions for that matter.
oopy is a mobile video tabloid, delivering The World in 90 Seconds across news, sports and entertainment.

Q.    Location of your business or company?  

A. Our head office is in Cape town and we have a regional content office in Johannesburg as well.

Q.    Links to your website/s?

A. Visit our mobi site (or website if you prefer) at http://www.zoopy.com. And look for the links on our site to download our iPhone, Blackberry and Android apps.

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. In a sense, new media is not so new anymore. There will always be something extra, something different, something that provides a new spin on something old. But  multimedia and sharing are now part and parcel of our lives. Just about any site doing business on the web or mobile needs to be thinking of how to provide the tools and opportunities to bring their community together through sharing and collaboration – and photos and videos are an integral part of the process. As far as Zoopy’s contribution goes, we’re bringing quality video entertainment, produced at a professional level, to the mobile medium which has largely presented users with one of two options: (1) really poor quality content; or (2) more recently, TV episodes. What we create is made for mobile from the start. Short, sharp and interesting. As far as my personal contribution, I’ll always be involved in the online and mobile industries, wherever the journey make take us all 🙂

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?

A. This is an interesting question, because many people are starting to suffer from what’s being called ‘social media fatigue. Google Plus has just popped up too, making the social media and networking space a very saturated one, and one that can sap both energy and time. The best advice would be to use the platforms for different things rather than trying to duplicate your efforts. Perhaps use Facebook for close family and friends, Twitter for the world at large (and as a news feed) and YouTube so that you link to your videos within Facebook and Twitter.

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. The easiest way of keeping in touch with the latest general trends in this space would be to read daily updates at sites like Mashable.com and TechCrunch.com. But it’s also a good idea to sign up to Twitter and start following people in the industries you’re interested in.

Q. Presently employed as?

A. I am a freelance journalist, work for Reuters TV, German Radio Deutsche Welle, and Pan African news agency APANEWS.NET and others I also teach web journalism and multimedia in journalism school in Togo

 Q. Explain the nature of your business or your role within New Media ?

A. I am a multimedia journalist and I use internet and new media in my job

 Q. Location of your business or company?

A. Reuters TV (Nairobi office), Deutsche Welle (Bonn, Germany) APANEWS (Dakar Senegal)

Q. Links to your website/s?
A.  www.reuters.com, http://www.dw-world.de/french www.apanews.net

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

A. New media will have a good future . My contribution will be to train people to use new media. I have started and I organize regular training at the in University of Lome, about the use of new media

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?

A. They can try to have a good planning per day or week .

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. For Children, adult must tell them to pay attention about a risk of bad using of social media. For just discover new media, they can start having account on Facebook, Twitter and it they have time they can open a blog.

Q. Presently employed as?

A. Co-founder and technical ninja at Motribe.

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

A. Motribe is a platform for hosting mobile communities. The company is less than a year old and already has over 1.5 million users. It powers mobile communities for well-known brands like Guinness in Nigeria and Rexona in Kenya. As the co-founder, Vincent is responsible for building and scaling the Motribe platform and keeping the company ahead of innovation in the mobile space.

Q. Location of your business or company?

A. Motribe is based in Cape Town, South Africa R. Links to your websites: http://motribe.com/ and http://motribe.mobi/

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. ‘New’ media is becoming strongly focused on mobile as the sales of mobile devices overtake PCs and the shift in internet usage from desktop to mobile takes hold. Increasingly social connection between people and people, people and companies and people and their devices has become key in the way we make meaning from our lives. Organising the clutter and creating spaces where we can feel safe and willing to engage is going to be one the most important social tasks over the next decade and this is the area that I spend most of my time working on solutions.

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?  

A. For most people there will be a few services that remain core to their lifestyles and many that come and go. My advice is to create accounts on all of them so that you get a good personalized URL or username and then assess the service over time. You never know which one is going to take off and you should get in early. If you think you don’t have enough time it’s because you’re not filtering the noise well enough and this comes with practice.

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. Start by getting yourself involved again, there is no excuse for acting like the last 20 years didn’t happen.

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