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African media

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Walle (DW) is using mobile phones to extend the reach of its "Learning by Ear" programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a continent where Internet access is limited or non-existent, and many countries experience high levels of adult illiteracy, DW has teamed up with mobile phone operators, like Vodaphone in Tanzania, to bring its news service to a greater number of listeners.

Originally a radio series launched in 2008 and followed up with a podcast in 2010, "Learning by Ear" aims to give young people aged 12-20 an insight into subjects like the economy, health, politics and the environment. Through dramas, feature reports and in-depth news analysis "Learning by Ear" tackles issues pertinent to the continent’s teenagers, such as looking and applying for a job in Africa, HIV and AIDS information and a series on women’s rights.

Author

Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-07-23 16:52

By Tabelo Timse (AFP)

JOHANNESBURG -- Five newspapers line a vendor's makeshift table built from cardboard and sticks but most customers go straight for Isolezwe, one of South Africa's growing Zulu-language dailies.

"I guess people feel comfortable reading in their language," says Blessings Kupe from his stand at a busy Johannesburg taxi rank where he offers the country's most-read papers, all English titles like Daily Sun and The Star.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-04-05 09:10

Newspapers in Kenya are showing double-digit growth and are exploring new opportunities in the digital media space, according to half-year results released by Kenya's Nation Media Group on August 2 in Nairobi, CSMonitor.com reported.

The group recorded a 51.6 percent growth in the pre-tax period as of June 30, during the period of six months caused by strong growth in revenue, low cost of newsprint and cost management, AllAfrica.com noted last week.

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The nationwide circulation numbers saw an increase by 6 percent, and revenue increase by 5; meanwhile, business daily circulation increased by 10 percent, thereby contributing to the overall boom in operating profits at the Nation Media Group of 36 percent, according to CSMonitor.com. Having invested in the digital media space, the news media group has expanded in the region, as well as in Tanzania and Uganda.

The group also rolled out a new magazine venture, EA magazines, which later collapsed and then revived itself later with new owners.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-08-10 23:58

Media in Southern Africa continues to be a difficult environment for women to work in or break into, according to research released Thursday by Southern African non-government organisation Gender Links. Among the findings: Men are the predominant employees in media houses in Southern Africa, while just two of the countries have achieved the parity target, the study's executive summary states.

The study, "Glass Ceilings: Women and Men in Southern African Media," examines media houses in the Southern African Development Community: Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe (not including Angola).

However, the study points out, all figures should be read in context.

"Lesotho's media is dominated by a government ministry with a high proportion of women. In the case of South Africa, the figures were not disaggregated by race, due to the regional nature of this study. The 2006 Glass Ceiling report on South African newsrooms showed that black women, who constitute 46% of the population, account for only 18% of newsroom staff."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-08-06 23:22

The Oriental Post, a Chinese-language newspaper, was launched in Gaborone, Botswana on Friday, making it the first paper to serve the Southern African Development Community's Chinese population, Mmegi reported Tuesday.

Miles Nan, president of the Oriental Post, said he hopes the newspaper will enable better communication between service providers and product developers wanting to reach the Chinese community in Botswana. Nan said the fact that "most of the Chinese do not understand English and speak very little Setswana" has created a large information and communication barrier for the Chinese population in Botswana.

Botswana receives important contributions to both its rural and urban populations from Chinese services.

Dr. Jeff Ramsay, the coordinator of the Botswana Government Communications and Information System, lauded the launch of The Oriental Post as significant achievement in the growth of the Botswana media, Mmegi reported.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-06-03 16:39

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