Friday, September 15, 2006

Interview with Award winning Journalist Remmy Nweke on use of blogging in journalism

Kwami: when did you first create your blog?
Remmy: I started blogging after the WSIS preparatory Conference in Accra.

Kwami : why create a blog?
Remmy : I have this particular need : the ability access to my previous articles electronically online unfortunately, my newspaper does not have an electronic archival system. I saw creating a blog a free way of having my own electronic archival of my past articles

Kwami : This is a cool solution, when do you post stories to your blog?
Remmy: I usually post stories to my blog after my publication in our newspaper. In this way, I post all articles I have ever written since then.

Kwami : what other applications do you put blog to?
Remmy: I use content in my blog as background to articles which are similar plus recently I made use of my blog archival in my course work at school


Day Two at DCI( Interview with Ethan Zuckerman)

At second day of DCI, I spoke to Ethan Zuckerman on his previous, current work and blogging
Kwami : Tell me last time, I heard about you were at geekcorps , what happen since then?
Ethan: I left in Sept 2004, the reason being geekcorps merger with IESC
after this partnership, IESC Geek Corps wanted to focus on doing business with the US government and USAID. This means a change of direction with more focus on countries such Iraq and Afghanistan. The issues the organisation was tackling was no longer important to me so I move on to The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and currently working on issues which are important to me.
Kwami : When you were going into the partnership, did you see the risk of drastic changes taking place as mentioned
Ethan : well, we saw the risk but we thought we can do a better work at defending our position when these changes occur.
Kwami : when did you create your first blog ?
Ethan : I created my first blog, shortly after coming to Harvard, early April 2003
Kwami: what was your motivation to start blogging?
Ethan : A colleague at Harvard called David Winer(can assume the title -creator of blogging and viewed as a first blogger sine 1997) he was at Harvard at same time and encourage many of us to take up blogging and I did
Kwami : what was our coolest point in your blogging life?
Ethan: When I met fellow bloggers with whom we have being having conversation virtually and we have something in common the use of the tool of blogging
The coolest ever was at a conference in Jordan, when I met a whole bunch of bloggers f2f
Kwami : what about your lowest points?
When I get some thing wrong, either mischaracerisation or misrespresent some one. Some times, miscommunication happen especially when some one leaves a comments at my blog, I could not fully interpreted.
Kwami : How is the next ten years going to look like in the blogging space?
Ethan: I believe we are going to see more audio and video blogging. The current phase when text dominates blogging would be over giving way to video blogging generation. It is going to be pretty exciting, seeing more video and audio blogging
Kwami : what is your take on traditional journalists space vrs citizens journalist space
Ethan : My simple response is that in the future, we are goin to see more people commiting acts of journalism and at that momment they are pracitising journalism
Kwami : Any threat to blogging space?
Ethan : Radio is a very important tool in most Africa countries but remember it was use as tool in the genocide in Rwandan. My point is that any tool can be use for good and bad. But we must be scare about it because it can be used for bad things rather we use it for good
Kwami : what is good ?
Ethan: open to the motion that we can trust people to make intelligence choices, leading to good.


WE MEDIA ( day two of Digital Citizens Indaba-DCI)

we just finish with breakfast at HOBSON Hall instead of our usual place of Mandela Hall
the morning session is about to start
this morning the conference holds to look at WE MEDIA
what does this mean
well Peter Verweji (HU), Matthew Buckland(M & G online) and Tom Johnson ( Inst. for Analytic Journalism) would tell us about WE MEDIA

Thursday, September 14, 2006


just found breakfast so going to have it


starts on a cool note, there is no breakfast but we are having internet supply in abundance so i am blogging away

Editors Forum at DCI

forgive me, I am not structuring my blogging well today
hope do not feel disjointed when reading it
Chris Roper & Byran Porter(, Juanita Williams (IOL) and Ray Hartley
Ray from the Sunday Times of South said that we need to we are still at the begining of blogging movement.
what are the characteristics of the new media environment
according to Ray, multiprocessing is crucial
secondly, the attention span of most audience are now very short
half of what is know today was not know 10 yrs ago
INFORMATION NAVIGATION is a new literacy which required beyond text and image navigation literacy
i find the concept of information navigation interesting, becuase in our current state of so called information overload, you can not survive if you do not have this literacy
related to this is the ECONOMIC OF ATTENTION ( Richard A Lanham) i believe here we are talking about how the end user negotiates the information supply and demand landmine
in this new environment, people tend to think quickly about an object or person and move on
and this quick decision is based on instincts and immediate association
THIN SLICING - make sense of something quickly and move on
Juanita Williams ( IOL) said she was at the conference to share ideas and learn
as a blogger for IOL with a strong journalism background she sometime ask her self when she is blogging, she is doing this as a journalist, in this sense she must be objective or she can spice her blog with her own opinion and viewpoint of the conference
Chris Roper and Bryan Porter
said, the are using weblog to help reach out to their audience by engaging them in a conversation by so doing, audience contribute content to theri website
mention was made of braaispace ( social networking)
a note of caution was raised during contributions about maintaining a balance between conversation and control, especially when bloggers contribute content to traditional media
are they letting their control go?
are the traditional media setting the agenda or it is the blogger leading the way

web 2 porno ????????????

Since the organiser of DCI could not still not figure a way of providing internet at the main building that is Rhodes Fine Art building, i have to be moving from back and fro between Fine Art building and Africa Media Matrix, basically catching up with internet at Africa Media Matrix. On one of the my trips back, I heard Web 2 porno (as in pornographic), thinking this was a new buzz word, I was totally wrong the speaker was actually saying Web 2 dot oh
is this word web 2 dot zero or web 2 dot oh ( as in the alphabet) ? I walk to Zuckerman's after theis presentation on web 2.0, he confirm that web 2.0 is the american way of combination numbers and alphabet at is web dot oh and nobody was saying web 2 porno
of course, the english english would say you it have to be web 2 dot zero

my next training workshop is scheduled for 25th Sept

just got a mail from contact person at UNESCO Ghana office about the workshop for Ghanaian journalists starting from 25th September, with this deadline around the corner, I need to finish working on training manuals for this workshop

digital citizens indaba opens with Ethan Zuckerman delivering keynote address

Ethan Zuckerman, during his keynote gave an overview of blogging as a whole and narrows his presentation to blogging in Africa, you can listen and read about this address at DCI website

blogger conference starts in south africa

a two day blogging conference starts at Rhodes University, South Africa
from today 14th september to 15 september check at the conference blog at
the venue of the conference is the Fine Art Building, unfortunately does not have Internet
something to do with the "conference WIFI" which provides access to conference delegates on the rhodes network is not working in the particular building
in order for blogging conference delegates to get access in the fine Art building, they must be given access to "rhodes WIFI" which is not possible
we see how this precious asset = internet is made available in the Fine Art Building
so I am sitting at Africa Media Matrix, the new home of Rhodes Journalism and Media Studies department blogging instead of sitting in the opening ceremony
though I would walk over there soon

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

high way africa starts at Rhodes university

over 400 journalists from all over africa are attending a three day conference at highway africa
12 September 2006 (AfricaNews/HANA) - More than 500 delegates from 42 countries have gathered in Grahamstown, South Africa, for the 10th Highway Africa conference, the biggest ICT conference in Africa.The conference will assess the state of African media, particularly with regards to harnessing new technologies as well as the crucial role that new media has played in democracy and development.

This year's gathering of media practitioners, private companies and NGOs will no doubt be a reflection and celebration of the past ten years and a springboard for the future of the organisation.Addressing the delegates, director of Highway Africa Chris Kabwato said it was possible for African journalists to shatter the myths that dictate how issues should be covered and represented through the media."Let us dare to challenge the economic policies and issues of democracy in our countries. Let us shake the fundamental myths and transform the way we do journalism," said Kabwato.Kabwato underscored Highway Africa's commitment to training African journalists on ICTs, research, information provision, and the conference which offers networking opportunities for media practitioners.

Professor Guy Berger, Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University said that in the last ten years, African journalism has overcome many obstacles and continues to make important strides. "Ten years ago the Internet was barely known. Right now we can talk of the digital divide and the differences in access between rural and urban areas.We are a movement, a community, and an incubator for ideas awaiting development," said Berger. While emphasising the need to learn and embrace new technology, Berger said that Highway Africa is not an engineering school but seeks to empower journalists to communicate using ICTs.

Once again, a highlight of the event will be the SABC live televised, Highway Africa Awards Ceremony and the Innovative use of New Media Awards. This award recognises candidates for excellence, in their use of new media.Speakers to the seminar will include Dr Fredrick Madhai, a Kenyan academic based at UK Coventry University, Professor Jimi Adesina, head of Rhodes sociology department and Professor Keyan Tomaselli, the director of the Centre for Cultural and Media studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Annelisa Burgee, a producer for SABC's Special Assignment and Dr. Peter Verweij, a Dutch new media expert