Highway Africa Conference and New Media Awards

The Highway Africa Conference is a project of Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa), in partnership with Telkom, Absa Barclays and MTN. Over the years the conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on the interface of journalism and new media.

This year’s conference will take place at Rhodes University from 1 – 2 September. With the theme, “Speaking Truth to Power? Media, Politics and Accountability”, the event will see journalists, civil society activists and academics deliberating on African media’s role in holding political authority accountable and also how journalists themselves are accountable through codes of conduct and regulatory frameworks.

Other sessions at the conference will focus on social media and how ordinary citizens have used the various platforms to further freedom of expression as well as to hold governments and corporates accountable.

The conference will also host various training workshops, book launches and exhibitions linked to the theme, plus evening gala dinners and networking sessions, including the prestigious Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards.

Register for the conference online, http://www.highwayafrica.com


OPEN: Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards 2013

The 17th Highway Africa Conference, taking place at Rhodes University, South Africa, is set to host the 13thth edition of the Highway Africa New Media Awards. Sponsored by Telkom, these are unique and prestigious awards on the continent that reward innovative use of Information Communication technologies (ICTs) in journalism that serves Africa and its
citizens. The awards were pioneered to highlight the role that ICTs play to enhance journalism and the media, in the process uplifting communities.

The conference takes place from 1- 2 September 2013, and hereby calls for nominations for the Telkom- Highway Africa New Media Awards in 3 new categories:

1. Innovative newsroom – newsrooms across Africa can submit nominations based on their innovative use of digital media including online, social and mobile media.   

2. Best African ICT Blog – Followers or bloggers may nominate an African-based or diasporic African blog based on its coverage, debate and use of ICTs within the African context.
3. Innovative use of technology for community engagement – members of communities, organisations, or supporters may nominate an organisation (either corporate or non-profit) based on their innovative use of technology within a community in Africa. The organisation does not have to be African based, but the community in which they operate must be.

Broad Criteria for Entries

The judges will consider the use of new media technologies to:

– Advance newsroom operations, increase reach and diversifying content;
– Encourage social empowerment amongst marginalised communities through relevant topical community and/or African issues and innovative use of online media interactions platforms;
– Highlight innovative and creative applications of technology for the benefit of the continent’s overall media development.

Technical Requirements for All Entries

– Digital/Online platform must be functional and updated.
– Diverse content- online platform must integrate multimedia functionality (video, podcasts, photos) and written stories.
– Aesthetic appeal- creative use of limited resources.
– Stories should have been published in the period September 2012 and June 2013.
– Please supply details of the media in which print article was published.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained after the closing date and when the final announcements are made. Organisation can be nominated in more than one category. Highway Africa reserves the right not to award prizes in any category.


Entrants are to submit:
– Links to the website of nominee.
– Link to social media, multimedia platforms and/or content generated through mobile applications of nominee.
– Copies or links to relevant written stories to boost nominee in selected category.

Submissions are to be sent electronically to: awards@highwayafrica.com  

Closing date is 31 July 2013, 16:30, Pretoria Time. Winners will be announced at the Telkom- Highway African New Media Awards ceremony at the Highway Africa Conference.  Finalists will be contacted.

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