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#AfricaBlogging Members prepare Launch of Blogger Platform

Compared to Europe, the reporting in African media is often not very diverse and media companies are often influenced by state interests. Blogs can therefore play a vital role in enriching diversity of opinion and providing an alternative source of information. Their independent point of view allows them to foster new debates and set fresh agendas. Blogs covering political topics are increasingly deepening their quality and depth. Although more superficial news services like twitter can provide rapid updates, bloggers are managing to distinguish themselves by offering more analysis and depth. more…

Event Reports | November 20, 2015

Using Social Media for Political Communication in Africa

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube - especially since the Arab Spring has the potential of social media to influence politics gained worldwide attention. This is also true for the political sphere in Sub-Saharan Africa, although one might argue that the potential is not yet fully exploited. more…

October 22, 2015

The art of getting noticed online

E-lection Bridge Academy 2015

To activate citizens to engage in politics one must appeal to their emotions and values. This tricky challenge of crafting ‘sticky’ political messages and optimizing them for social media channels was the scope of last week’s E-lection Bridge Academy workshop in Windhoek, Namibia. more…

Event Reports | October 16, 2015

Drops in the ocean

Refugees in South Africa

During her research visit at KAS Media Africa, Carlotta Voss visited several Johannesburg-based NGOs that provide help to refugees in need. Here is the feature article she wrote about the people she met and the general situation of refugees in South Africa. more…

September 23, 2015

#newactors, #oldproblems

How the digital sphere changes the information process and the media landscape in Africa

Blogs and online content contribute significantly to opinion diversity in Africa today. Because of that, they are increasingly monitored by federal agencies, which aim to more strictly define the grey zone between journalism, blog-writing and opinion stating in social media. It is especially against this backdrop that digital opinion makers deserve more attention and support. more…

Christian Echle | International Reports | September 7, 2015