This is discussion about Reporting 2.0: New technologies and local media talent change how we monitor water and sanitation.
First of congratulations with being a finalist.
I'm really curious about the smart phones and how video will be uploaded to youtube. Will it be done using the internet connection on the smartphone? What GPRS service will have enough bandwith to do so?
Thanks, we are very excited to be a finalist.
Depending on the location the GPRS service can used to upload short videos. Alternatively journalists go to an Internet cafe. For more info see the African Voices page at: http://voicesofafrica.africanews.com/
Cor Dietvorst, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
This is the dream, mobile reporters across the continent reporting in real time. And it is technically possible when the proper infrastructure is in place, as you suggest. But it has to be said that the Internet cafe remains the most reliable option. We have to be realistic in this things and recognize the limitations in infrastructure as it exists in most countries today.
But we are making progress. For example, we recently launched AfricaNews.com, our news service for mobile phone. As part of this application we have included a 'Send Your News Tip' function. We are excited to note that we have received our first unsolicited news tip from Nigeria last week. Please feel free to try and test the service. http://m.africanews.com. You can also see our collection of mobile reports on AfricaNews.com.
As the infrastructure improves, the coming of new cable and satellite, these reporting processes will only become easier. We are really looking forward to the day that any of our journalists anywhere in African can report in text, photo and video in real time and without delay.
Hey - congrats on being a finalist. I look forward to meeting you in Miami. Hopefully we can build a lasting connection through this experience.
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Africa Interactive is the publisher of AfricaNews.com. We maintain a network of more than 400 African journalist, photographers, film makers in 34 African countries.
In our effort to support the development of a viable African media sector we work to link this network with organizations and projects that stand to benefit from local knowledge and perspective.
One year ago we established an office on Accra, Ghana. We have a fantastic local team that has been working to produce local stories and reports that help to bring the country, her people and stories to life. The Ghana team also works to manage the pan African network of reporters and their contributions for the AfricaNews.com website.
This proposal is a real chance for us to further develop and apply our infrastructure. Linking Africa Interactive jousrnalist with the increasingly important theme of Water and Sanitation is crucial. We see this as an important first step in developing the local reporting capabilities needed to monitor, document and report on the continent's most important and pressing issues.
You can see an example mobile report:
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