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Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Reporting Democracy: Media and Elections in Africa"

Speaking at highway africa part of "Reporting Democracy: Media and Elections in Africa" panel scheduled for Tuesday, 8 September, 2009 :
Anchor: Professor Jane Duncan
Izak Minnaar, Head: News Research, SABC
Kwami Ahiabenu,II Director, Penplusbytes
Kubi Rama, Deputy Director, Gender Links
Manoah Esipisu, Deputy Director, Communications & Public Affairs Division, Commonwealth
William Bird, Executive Director, Media Monitoring Africa

this year's theme is Reporting Africa – 2010, Development & Democracy and the event takes place from  5-8 September 2009 at  Eden Grove Complex, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa





Wednesday, August 05, 2009

African Communications Educators meet in Accra next week

The university of Ghana, School of Communications is hosting next week from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13 August 2009, African Communications Educators under the umbrella of The African Council for Communication Education (ACCE). According to ACCE website it is a  non-profit-making non-governmental organization was formed 1975 with funding and support from UNESCO. Initially, it acted as an association of Heads of Schools of Journalism and Communication on the African continent. The association later transformed itself into the only regional organization of Africanist communication scholars and practitioners in Africa. Currently, its headquarters is located in Nairobi, Kenya.

The conference topics are very interesting, highlights below : 

Plenary 1 – Communication And Democracy

Plenary 2 – Communication Theory

Plenary 3 – Professional Development, Training & Standards

Acce Business Day

  • Plenary 1 – Getting Published In The Africa Media Review: Processes And Prospects
  • Plenary 2 – Building The Future Of Acce
  • Acce Organizational Matters – Elections Or Formation Of Interim Co-Ordinating Committee

(1) Communication, Language & Culture – Panel A

(2) Communication, Language & Culture – Panel B

(3) Communication & Gender

(4) Communication & Democracy

(5) Communication & Globalization

(6) Communication & Development Challenges – Panel A (Health)

(7) Communication & Development Challenges – Panel B (Health)

(8) Communication & Development Challenges – Panel C (Mixed Development Challenges)

(9) Community Communications

(10) ICTs And New Media – Panel A

(11) ICTs And New Media – Panel B

(12) Classroom-Workplace – A Dialogue

(13) Professional Development, Training & Standards

(14) Communication Ethics

(15) Communication And Conflict

(16) Graduate Studies Forum

Speakers at the opening ceremony includes
-Prof Alex Quarmyne Former UNESCO Regional Communication Adviser for Africa Founding ACCE Member
-Prof Kwame Karikari, Executive Director Media Foundation for West Africa
-Prof Alfred Opubor, Coordinator Communication for Education and Development (Cotonou) Founding ACCE Member

Dr Audrey Gadzekpo, Acting Director, School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana (Legon) is delivering the welcome remarks with Ms. Joyce Aryee, Executive Director, Ghana Chamber Mines, serving the role of chairperson.
His Excellency, Mr. John Mahama, the Vice President of the republic of Ghana is expected to deliver the official Opening Address
Also in attendance will be Prof Nii Boi Tagoe, The Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana

On day 2, Wednesday 12 August, Penplusbytes is organising a workshop on ICT JOURNALISM and Blogging

Also penplusbytes is going to provide live text of the event via www.twitter.com/penplusbytes

I was not involved as a member of the local organising committee but helped with technology side of things, build the conference website http://acceaccra2009.org/
which was quick and dirty on word press
hoping to provide wifi if we get connectivity options right during the conference

One key person, I am looking at meeting during this meeting is Prof Guy Berger from South Africa, Rhodes University, who is speaking on " Social Networking and African Journalists: A Social Capital Perspective on Highway Africa as the Continent's Largest Annual Gathering of African Media Practitioners"  under the Professiona Development, Training and Standard Plenary on Day 2

To download the full programme go to http://acceaccra2009.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/acce2009_programme_final-17-07-2009.doc