Johannesburg, South Africa
The African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) 2015 is being hosted under the theme 'Shaping Development Conversations in Africa: The Role of Media in the Digital Environment.' Convened by the African Media Initiative (AMI), the forum is expected to present "a critical look at the changing nature of media in a digital environment." The event will bring together media industry who are using digital technology to discuss how this is transforming the continent’s media landscape. The Forum also seeks to "address and seek practical solutions to the harsh realities that owners, editors and journalists consistently grapple with such as shrinking business as a result of dwindling sales, circulation dips in the print market, runaway costs of employment due to commercial pressure that dents editorial independence and tech adaptation."
Ahead of the forum, selected journalists will also have an opportunity to learn more about digital media in pre-forum capacity building workshops being held November 9 to 11. The Forum will also launch the Africa Media Initiative’s ZIMEO programme, which is designed to promote excellence in media through a membership network. This will include the first edition of the Zimeo Excellence in Media Awards , which will take place on Friday November 13 during the forum.
According to the event website, AMLF 2015 will differ in format from previous years, with the following key features:
- All the themes will be discussed in plenary sessions.
- There will be thematic exhibitions with a Media Space that will offer a free venue for all participating media houses to showcase their products and engage in partnership discussions.
- An AMI Open-House will display the organisation’s service offerings.
- Sponsors’ Exhibition Area.
- Four training boot camps for journalists on subjects that are yet to be chosen, and a special symposium on Overcoming Hate Speech in Media will take place in the lead up to the Forum.
- Launch of the first Africa Media Awards - the Zimeo - to celebrate excellence in African media.
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