Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Our Media (OM) 7 11-15 August 2008

Our Media (OM) 7 is taking place in Ghana from 11-15 August 2008, Accra, Ghana
under the theme : OURMedia 7: Identity, Inclusion, Innovation –Alternative Communication in a Globalized World, helping out with the local organizing committee.
see call for proposal at


our network GINKS is undertaking this study and hopefully going to make a presentation on intro to web 2.0 and blogging
see details below :


Date: 14th February 2008


Time: 9-4pm
Technology is transforming developed and developing economies at much faster rate than we ever thought and the earlier we avail ourselves to learn about these technology tools for development, the better for us.

Quite recently, there have been talks about second generation Internet-based tools popularly known as web2.0 tools such as: Wikis, Weblogs, Ajax, Social Software’s, Podcast, Video Blogs and many more tools which are open-source and great potential for development in different domains. You may have heard the word, but what do they really mean?

Realizing the importance of web2.0 tools for development, the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS) is organizing a day’s workshop for members on two of the tools namely: video blogs and weblogs. This session will introduce the concepts and tools behind the next generation of internet technologies or what has been dubbed "Web.20" or "Social Media." We’ll do some live demos of these tools, discuss their potential to enhance our work, along with some of the concerns they raise.


* To introduce members of the network to emerging Internet Technologies
* To improve upon the information gathering and sharing skills of members through web2.0 tools
* To give opportunity for members to have hands on training on some of the tools

In other to achieve the above stated objectives, focus will however be placed on the following

* What is Weblog,
* What is Video blog?
* How to create a web log and do a video blog,
* How to link a weblog to a video blog,
* Value/Importance of Weblogs and video blogs.

Radios and ICTs in West Africa: connectivity and uses study

The Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA - is a regional non governmental organization based in Dakar (Senegal) which has been working, among others, to strengthen the media sector in West Africa and beyond. The general aim of this study is to make an assessment of radio connectivity to ICTs (CDs, Internet, satellite, etc.), innovative uses experienced and challenges faced. Target countries are Ghana, Benin, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Burkina-Faso and Niger.
Helping out with the study in Ghana, looking forward to an interesting study

Journalism reviews websites that are attempting to make money from journalism in the new media age. That may be a mainstream organisation launching a new media spin-off, an internet startup looking to make millions, a non-profit news venture, or an entrepreneur setting up a solo project. In short, if they’re trying to make money from journalism - or launching a journalism project - we’ll cover it.
signed up to be a member of the group running the site though I must confessed I have not started serious participation yet. Hope to be very active soon