The Highway Africa Conference is hosted by Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in partnership with the Department of Communications (South Africa), Corporate South Africa, development agencies and media associations. For eighteen years the Highway Africa conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism, media and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The conference has over the years become the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world. In the last seven years Highway Africa has evolved into a multi-pronged programme with the following components: Research: mapping the terrain of the challenges of the interface of technology, journalism and the media; Education and Training: responding to the identified gaps this project makes a practical intervention by re-skilling, upskilling, educating and training journalists; Conference: the flagship of the programme, it is the forum for critical reflection on journalism, media, technology and development in Africa
To strengthen Highway Africa’s training and policy interventions by identifying and researching in areas of journalism, media and ICT interface (policy, technology, content)
- To create, sustain and expand pool of journalists who are empowered in the use of ICTs and thus are “early adopters” of new technology
- Strategic Objective: To create a cadre of journalists who appreciate their role in ICT policy reform and use their various platforms in “advocacy journalism”
To create a platform for sharing information, knowledge and experience in media and ICTs and to celebrate excellence.
Highway Africa Team