As we enter the 15th month of the pandemic, the latter half of 2021 seems to be jam-packed with journalism and media conferences on the continent and across the world. Over the past year or so, we’ve learnt and come to appreciate that virtual media events allow for a wider audience attendance and more networking opportunities. The continent is not short of varying types of conferences which you can attend.
We share a list of exciting virtual media conferences coming up in the latter half of this year in Africa that you should not miss.
Highway Africa Virtual Conference 2021
When: June 21-23
Fee: R750 for individual tickets and R375 per person if two or more people from the same organisation register.
The 2021 Highway Africa conference will take place under the backdrop of tumultuous and debilitating events that confront mainstream media and its journalism. The conference will simultaneously take a wide and close look at the impacts of these environmental factors, particularly platformization, that are redefining the media and journalism landscapes in the ‘age of uncertainty and speed’. The conference will seek to find workable practical solutions to some of these challenges and how media and journalism can exploit emerging potential opportunities, although their efforts may not be very successful because 60% of people in the developing world, particularly in Africa, have no access to the internet. For more information on the conference, click here.
Digital Media Africa
When: July 6- 7
Fee: Free for WAN-IFRA Members and R 3330 (EUR 190) for Non-members
Join the fifth edition of WAN-IFRA’s flagship Africa event to tackle topics affecting your media company. This special virtual edition was meant to be held in May but was pushed forward to July. It will be a two-day event packed with sessions looking into subscription strategies, revenue generation, as well as trust in media and journalism.
Additionally, look out for the organisation’s announcement of winning entries for the Digital Media Awards Africa 2021 on July 1. The annual awards recognise publishers who have delivered unique and original digital media projects in the last 12 months. From new approaches to digital subscriptions, to impactful native advertising campaigns. For more information on the conference, click here.
Radio Days Africa
When: July 5- 16
Language: English (One session in kiSwahili)
Radio Days Africa (RDA) is the largest radio conference in Africa and it aims to promote conversations around radio’s role in the audio revolution. Held on an annual basis, RDA is presented by the Wits Radio Academy under the auspices of the Department of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand. Radio Days Africa aims to stimulate learning, engagement, conversation and thinking around the various aspects of the radio business, in an African context. Now its a 12-year, the conference themed “Audio Amplified”, will take place over 10 days with a morning and afternoon session. This year also sees the first kiSwahili exclusive session with Washa Radio.
Other topics to look out for include public broadcasting, future opportunities and current challenges, particularly in research and revenue. Visit the Radio Days Africa website for more information on sessions and how to register.
Zim New Media Summit 2021
When: July 21-23
The Zimbabwe Centre for Media and Information Literacy (ZCMIL) with support from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) is pleased to announce the 2021 edition of the Zimbabwe New Media Summit. The conference whose theme is “Reimagining Journalism and Democracy in Times of Crisis” will be held virtually from 21-23 July. Participants are invited to register in advance so that they are able to fully participate in the conference through Zoom and Google Meet. Unregistered participants will be able to follow and participate in the event via FacebookLive. For more details, click here.
When: September 13 – 17
Jamfest is a media and journalism festival hosted by the Journalism and Media Lab (Jamlab) at Wits Journalism. The festival is directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media publics. The festival presents an opportunity for media makers and media practitioners to gain an overview of some of the innovations and changes taking place within newsrooms across Africa. This year’s Jamfest will be hosted in partnership with the Civic Tech Innovation Forum, an annual conference that brings together Africa’s civic tech community, both governmental and non-governmental, for the purpose of sharing, learning, inspiring, and overall capacity building.
This year’s conferences will include a virtual expo, a joint opening plenary and closing plenaries with CTIN, workshops and masterclasses. Sign up for the conference newsletter for updates.
African Investigative Conference
When: October 11-13
Fee: TBC (Check website for details)
Language: English and French
The 17th edition of the continent’s biggest annual gathering of muckrakers, the African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) take place during its usual “timeslot” of the year, in October, but this time around two weeks earlier and will run just over two-and-a-half days. Join the continent’s best investigative journalists for 25 + sessions of great stories, new tools and techniques, networking and masterclasses. AIJC is organised by the Journalism Department of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s biggest annual gathering of working journalists, it is an opportunity to share great African work, learn new skills, hear how it is done and share experiences. Visit the website to sign up for this newsletter to receive updates.
Africa Media Summit
When: November 18-19
In this two-day virtual Africa Media Summit by the International News Media Association (INMA), hear directly from diverse media voices in Africa — North, South, East, West — as the summit dissect the business challenges and tease the remedies exacerbated by a global pandemic. For more information click here.
Have we missed any other forums, conferences, summits on the continent that should be on this list? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will update this article.