The Future of Journalism is in Africa! - Toronto - June 29, 2016

Canadian launch of the Future of Entrepreneurial Journalism Lab, a truly Canadian-African partnership. Come find out more, meet top Canadian and African journalists, and learn best practices for working with media.
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The Future of Journalism is in Africa!

 

Event Details

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2:30 pm -  5:00 pm (Members only from 2:30 pm;  General Public from 3:30 pm)

Goodmans LLP

Bay Adelaide Centre

333 Bay Street, Suite 3400

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tel.: 416.979.2211

 

The event is $50 for Chamber members and Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) affiliates, and

$75 for non-Chamber-members.
To attend the cocktail party only it is $20 for members and JHR affiliates and $30 for non-members
.

 

The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business is partnering with the University of the Witwatersrand, Kaiser Lachance Communications, Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University and Canada's leading media development organization Journalists for Human Rights on a very special afternoon event: The official Canadian launch of the Future of Entrepreneurial Journalism Lab, a partnership between JHR, Brookfield and Wits, part of Wits' new Digital Innovation Zone in Johannesburg.


Come find out more, meet top Canadian and African journalists, and learn best practices for working with media.


The afternoon starts off with news-you-can-use: a workshop with former Journalists for Human Rights trainer and top communications expert Heather MacDonald of Kaiser Lachance Communications on best practices in media relations. Drawing on 10 years of experience in journalism, nonprofit work and communications, MacDonald now works closely with media on behalf of her clients in a wide range of industries, including mining, information technology, retail, human resources consulting and more. For this event, MacDonald will offer insight into the current media landscape, provide tips on working with media and outline how to effectively convey your message.
Following the workshop, stay for a panel and cocktail reception celebrating The Future of Journalism in Africa, the official launch of this spectacular new partnership between the University of the Witwatersrand's new Digital Innovation Zone, Canada's leading media development organization Journalists for Human Rights and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


You will also have the opportunity to meet internationally celebrated humanitarian and journalist Freddy Mata Matundu of Journalists for Human Rights/DR Congo as well as top Canadian journalists on the Africa beat from the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star and Bloomberg, among others.


For this panel, the Chamber is delighted to be welcoming Professor Barry Dwolatzy, the visionary mind behind the new Digital Innovation Zone at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Sean Mullin, Executive Director of the Brookfield Institute, Rachel Pulfer, Executive Director of Journalists for Human Rights, Freddy Mata Matundu, country director for JHR/DRCongo and, participating by Skype, Liberian newspaper editor and media entrepreneur Rodney Sieh of FrontPageAfrica for this groundbreaking event to upend traditional narratives about Africa and discuss opportunities for the future of journalism, entrepreneurship and tech innovation within the African media ecosystem.
Across the world, the media is struggling to adapt to this new digital age. Yet African entrepreneurs have already figured out how to distribute news through SMS text message, generate maps of security emergencies as they break, and set up subscriber-pay systems through mobile phone networks.


The initiative under discussion is an incubator and accelerator for media entrepreneurs, based in Africa. It brings together innovative media entrepreneurs from across the continent and around the world to solve the question plaguing media worldwide - how to better support their businesses financially -- and produce quality journalism at the same time.


Distinguished guests include:
Professor Barry Dwolatzky of the Johannesburg Centre of Software Engineering (JCSE) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Professor Dwolatzy's vision is to build a Digital Innovation Zone within the emerging technology hub in the Tshimologong Precinct  in Johannesburg. This project brings innovative designers, programmers, developers and engineers together across disciplines to share experiences and develop new businesses. The burgeoning brain hub has attracted both private and public interest and support from around the world.


Rodney D. Sieh, editor of FrontPage Africa, is one such entrepreneur. He will be joining the panel via Skype/video from Liberia to discuss how he developed the newspaper through reaching out to the American diaspora, generating sponsorship and advertising revenue in US dollars to sustain quality reporting back home.


Freddy Mata Matundu, country director for JHR in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will also weigh in on strategies Congolese media entrepreneurs have deployed to launch media enterprises including a vocational journalism training school in Bukavu sustained through private financing.


Sean Mullin of the Brookfield Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Rachel Pulfer, Executive Director of Journalists for Human Rights will introduce the Future of Entrepreneurial Journalism Lab - a project to be hosted by the Witwatersrand Digital Innovation Zone.

 

       


For more information contact:
Di Stafford from the Chamber, (416) 948 3242 info@canadasachamber.com
Belinda Fernandez from the University of the Witwatersand's Canadian Alumni Network, (416) 792-2626
Sarah Pollock from JHR, 416 413 0240 x 210 sarah@jhr.ca