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Harry

ISOJ 2012

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  1. 1. From desk(lap)top computers to tablets and smartphones: How are journalists responding to the mobile revolution? A view from Africa Harry Dugmore April 2012
  2. 2. Number of democracies in Africa: 1991 to 2006
  3. 3. MOBILE 1.0 MOBILE 3.0MOBILE 2.0
  4. 4. ➔ Small Screens ➔ Slow Speeds ➔ Sky-high Subscriptions (and handset prices) MOBILE 1.0
  5. 5. MOBILE 1.0
  6. 6. ➔ Transformed transmission ➔ Touch screens ➔ Tariff transparency MOBILE 2.0
  7. 7. Connectivity costs in Africa are still
  8. 8. “The African Internet has the highest data packet loss and the worst throughput figures of any region in the world. Moreover, the continent is about 18 years behind Europe in terms of performance and the situation is improving more slowly than other parts of the world, meaning the continent’s connectivity could be as much as 70 times worse than the developed world in a decade.” Roger Cottrell of the Slac National Accelerator Laboratory in US, September 2011
  9. 9. ➔ Connected platform ➔ Cloud centric ➔ Community driven ➔ Consumption device MOBILE 3.0
  10. 10. Introduction Context&trends
  11. 11. “The zero-rating of Facebook was the most significant tech story in Africa in 2010…” Erik Hersman Intelligent Life Spring 2011
  12. 12. Which country had the highest YouTube viewership in Africa in 2010?
  13. 13. Mobile and Journalism: rapidly co-evolving in Africa NEW(ER) ROLES FOR JOURNALISTS •CONNECTING AND COLLABORATING •CREATING COMMUNITY •CURATING and COHERING •ALERTING and ATTRACTING
  14. 14. Thank you!

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