WAN-IFRA's Mobile News for Africa project is testing, implementing and promoting innovative content production and delivery models through new technologies, accompanied with new business models for newspapers in emerging markets and developing democracies.
2012 Participants and Project profiles:
- Abidjan Live News, Côte D'Ivoire
- Hamar Newspaper, Somalia
- Naija247News, Nigeria
- The Globe, Ghana
- The Windhoek Observer, Namibia
From the epicentre of Africa's mobile boom, Dickens Onditi Olewe is forging new ways for Kenyans to interact with the media. Readers can now send in their own news reports on their cell phone to Star Reports – a citizen journalism application that integrates new voices into The Star's content.
“You can never have a conversation about Kenya these days without talking about the mobile revolution,” begins a recent op-ed column written by Dickens Olewe of The Star in Kenya, reflecting one of the most promising media development success stories on the continent.
News organisations based in Kenya and Malawi are currently working with WAN-IFRA to further develop mobile technologies that will create a sustainable and profitable base for future independent journalism projects.
WAN-IFRA launches its 2012 Mobile News Grants and Training Scheme today (12 March), providing newspaper companies in Sub-Saharan Africa an opportunity to develop or expand their mobile platforms.