If you’ve noticed, I’ve been going through various typical African greetings to start these editor’s notes. Last month it was “Howzit” and this month it’s “Molweni”. I know there are still thousands of ways to say “Hello” in Africa, so if you would like to recommend a greeting that means something to you, please feel free to do so.
In our November issue, we catch the first African News Innovation Challenge in its final stages, with 40 innovators from across the continent waiting with great anticipation to see which one of their digital journalism pitches will be awarded a chunk of the US$1 million cash prize on November 10. One (or more) of them has the potential to spark a game-changing movement in the media industry.
Legacy media agencies have been dealing with a lot of changes in the developed world due to social media and mobile technologies, with its most pessimistic critics calling this evolution a perversion of the trade while those who embrace these digital tools and the online medium realise their greatest potentials may still be undiscovered.
And while the same changes have been affecting Africa’s media landscape, it almost seems as though the continent has been able to better utilise and empower themselves with these digital tools, arguably, out of necessity.
In my mind, there’s no reason why the great things about traditional journalism like critical analysis, the beauty of the written word, powerful photojournalism and so on, can’t exist alongside the Internet. I truly believe there is room for both.
This issue also looks at 50 Years of James Bond (yes, Africa has a role in this legacy), advice surrounding investment opportunities across the continent, excerpts from the 2012 Innovation Africa Summit and several fascinating company profiles outlining some of the exciting developments taking place in areas like Cape Town, Senegal and Mauritius.
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I hope you enjoy this issue,