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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!

Editor's Notes

  • Research ICT Africa Cape Town 2011 Fair Mobile Dynamic changes Fair mobile prices q2 to q4 2011
    Research ICT Africa does some of the best research on mobile and ICT in Africa. See http://www.researchictafrica.net/home.php
  • This graphic is taken from the excellent recent study Mobile media services
    at Sub-Saharan African newspapers A guide to implementing mobile news and mobile business
    Produced by WAN-INFRA
    the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) and
    the African Media Initiative (AMI)
  • This graphic is taken from the excellent recent study Mobile media services
    at Sub-Saharan African newspapers A guide to implementing mobile news and mobile business
    Produced by WAN-INFRA
    the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) and
    the African Media Initiative (AMI)
  • This graphic is taken from the excellent recent study Mobile media services
    at Sub-Saharan African newspapers A guide to implementing mobile news and mobile business
    Produced by WAN-INFRA
    the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) and
    the African Media Initiative (AMI)
  • Grocott’s Mail is the oldest independent newspaper in South Africa, and is owned by the Rhodes University Journalism School where I teach.
  • Afrographique produces wonderful infographics on many topics. See
    http://afrographique.tumblr.com/post/4533385659/infographic-showing-african-broadband-download
  • http://fairerplatform.com/2010/12/world-broadband-prices-falling-but-not-in-us/
  • Africa is still burdened with the highest cost and worst cost-to-earnings ratio for Internet connectivity.
    From Alison Broadband for Africa:
    Deploying broadband on an Unprecedented Scale Dr. Alison Gillwald
    Executive Director : Research ICT Africa Adjunct Professor: University of Cape Town
    Graduate School of Business
    Management of Infrastructure Reform & Regulation
    INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATIONS ANNUAL CONFERENCE Johannesburg 4-5 October 2011
  • http://www.slideshare.net/agneslesage/social-media-journalism-climate-change-in-africa/download
  • A lot of useful graphics at http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/vis/?tag=wikipedia
  • http://notebook.portland-communications.com/2012/02/new-research-reveals-how-africa-tweets/
  • http://notebook.portland-communications.com/2012/02/new-research-reveals-how-africa-tweets/
  • SLIDE 40: Thank you!!!!!

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