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HIGHWAY AFRICA CONFERENCE TACKLES CITIZEN JOURNALISM

Thanks to social networking websites like Facebook and YouTube and instant messaging on cell phones, more people can not only consume journalism, but produce it. Welcome to the age of citizen journalism. But is it really journalism for citizens? Organisers invite you to tackle these issues and more at Highway Africa's 2008 conference in South Africa this September.

Highway Africa, a partnership between Rhodes University and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), is dedicating this year's conference to examining the surge of citizen journalism, from what it means to what technology best supports it, and how it can create new freedom of expression possibilities in Africa.

"Citizen Journalism, Journalism for Citizens" will also look at the challenges, such as the response of the traditional media, or how citizen journalism can affect the quality of journalism and the professionalism of trained reporters.

This year's conference on 8-10 September at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa is open to journalists, academics, bloggers, students, publishers and other interested media professionals.

A limited number of scholarships will be made available for participants who are unable to cover their costs. The application deadline is 30 June.

For more information, email: Highway Africa director Chris Kabwato at: c.kabwato (@) ru.ac.za or visit: http://www.highwayafrica.ru.ac.za or http://highwayafrica.wordpress.com/

(17 June 2008)

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