Event Reports

Trust in Media – in Africa and Europe

KAS Media Africa Conference at Lake Como, Italy

Trust is a currency for serious journalism - repeatedly explaining to the readers, viewers or listeners how news is made and verified. How to achieve this kind of journalism, often with a new type of young journalist who are more mechanical about news production than they are reporters, was one of the questions that 13 senior media professionals from seven countries in Africa and Europe discussed at the Villa La Collina in Italy.

KAS convenes 2022 #AfricaBlogging conference in Côte d’Ivoire

Political blogging is set to grow as audiences search for content that is truthful and contextualized

Participants from 12 countries gather in Côte d’Ivoire to exchange skills with colleagues from across Africa to discuss developments in the blogosphere.

New life for local journalism

Editors, reporters and academics gather in Malawi to discuss local media

Many journalists who do local news have low self-esteem, says Abdul Brima from Freetown in Sierra Leone. The former KAS journalism scholar was one of 20 editors, reporters and media managers who gathered from February 28th to March 3rd on the shores of Lake Malawi to discuss ways to improve the quality of local news in African media.

Reporting in Covid times and beyond

Health journalism takes centre stage

In late January, KAS Media Africa hosted a conference on health journalism in Francophone Africa that brought together 17 participants to Dakar, Senegal. Themed “Reporting in Covid times and beyond”, the conference drew participants from 13 nations including Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic and Nigeria.

KAS-PTCIJ-Debunk Exchange Programme

The First of Its Kind

In 2021, KAS Media Africa based in Johannesburg, South Africa, came together with Debunk Media, Nairobi, Kenya and the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) in Abuja, Nigeria to create a continental exchange programme for journalists. The first edition of this programme immersed two journalists, Maxine Danso from Ghana, and Lilian Mutinda from Kenya, in the newsrooms and culture of their hosts for a month respectively.

Failing to plan means planning to fail

10th KAS E-lection Bridge held in Gaborone, Botswana

Political parties have suffered during the pandemic, just as society as a whole has. There is a serious lack of programmatic approaches and young people who are getting involved will do so in civil society but not necessarily in parties. These and other challenges of party work in Africa were discussed at the high-level 10th Election Bridge with politicians from 15 different countries on the African continent, Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone.

Book Launch: Pioneers, Rebels and a few Villains – 150 Years of Journalism in Eastern Africa

The publication pays tribute to the important role that journalism played and still plays in the region.

In 13 chapters the authors look at the role of Asian journalists in East Africa, and the important part that photo journalism and cartoonists play.

Experts put political speech writing under microscope

From the terraces of Aristotle’s rhetoric of persuasion in speech writing and other examples, the event proved that this subject is shaped by the political environment.

KAS Media Africa in October hosted a conference on political speech writing. The participants - speech writers, academics and communicators from seven countries - used the event to share insights, exchange notes and network.

Mombasa Exchange 2021: What are finance and economics about?

Senior media practitioners gather to discuss ways to improve business journalism in African newsrooms

Editors, publishers, broadcasters, writers, and academic and trade experts met in September in Mombasa, Kenya, to exchange views on matters relating to the coverage of finance and economics news and events in Africa and beyond.

12th Edition of Radio Days Africa

Audio journalism remains a powerful and trusted source

The Wits Radio Academy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, hosted the 12th online edition of Radio Days Africa in July. This year’s edition, themed “Audio Amplified” focused on the growth of audio consumption in a multi-platform broadcasting environment amid Covid-19. #RDA2021, held from the 5th to the 16th of July, featured 20 engaging sessions with over 60 influential radio professionals and personalities. This year's event was attended by almost 2,500 people from across Africa and abroad.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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