Sonntag, Juli 29, 2007

Voices of Africa: A Step Up in Citizen Journalism in Africa

The Voices of Africa is an initiative of the Africa Interactive Media Foundation aiming "at inaugurating and propagating citizen journalism in Africa using advanced technology mobile phones ... "

more about the project, the people and organization behind it

One of the person behind that project - Pim de Wit - I know for quite a long time, but I didn't know that we share the concern and love for Africa, before I read via Boing Boing / White African about this initiative

Erik Hersman - a white african - wrote:
"Last month I covered some new websites that offer news on Africa in different formats and ways than how we see the mainstream media generally using the Internet. They embrace bloggers, user-generated pictures and comments.

AfricaNews, part of Africa Interactive, has actually been around a little while longer than many of the ones mentioned in that post. However, they've been in the middle of sourcing stories via bloggers well before this relaunch. The new site, redesigned to better showcase bloggers and user-generated media just went live today.

Probably the most innovative part of the whole site, the mobile reporters are Africans reporting via their mobile phones ..."