IPI’s News Innovation Platform to Host Digital Media Event in Johannesburg


The International Press Institute (IPI) in Vienna, Austria, and the IPI News Innovation Platform (IPI NIP), will hold a one-day symposium on digital media in Johannesburg, South Africa, on January 20, 2014.

Alison Bethel McKenzie, International Press Institute Executive Director

Titled “ChallengeSSS of the New Age”, the event will examine three main challenges digital media journalists and digital innovators currently face around the world, namely: Sustainability, Digital Security and Self-Regulation.

Among others speakers, Burt Herman, co-founder of Storify and founder of Hacks/Hackers in the United State; Danny O’Brian, the international director of the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF), also in the United States; and Gwen Lister, founder of the Namibian.com in Windhoek, Nambia, will discuss the main challenges.

Other speakers will include: Alison Bethel McKenzie, IPI’s Executive Director, based in Vienna; Advocate Faith Pansy Tlakula, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa; Julie Taylor, Head of Communications for Google Sub-Saharan Africa; Pili Mtambalike, Regulations and Standard Manager at the Media Council of Tanzania;  Churchill Otieno, the Managing Editor,  Convergence/Digital at the Nation Media Group in Nairobi, Kenya; and Julian Rademeyer, Online Editor of AfricaCheck.org in South Africa.

The symposium will be held at Jozihub in Johannesburg, a co-creation space dedicated to creating sustainable change in Africa.

Gwen Lister, Founder Namibian.com

The event is expected to bring together over 60 local and international representatives from digital media organisations.

The Johannesburg symposium follows the IPI-NIP event in September 2013 at the offices of The Guardian newspaper in London.  Several winners of IPI’s News Innovation Contest, a project funded by Google Inc., shared their winning projects live with approximately 100 people who were present in the audience and with viewers around the world via a Google+ Hangout On Air.

A number of News Innovation Contest winners will also participate in the Johannesburg event, which will feature live Twitter feeds, using the hashtag #IPINIP.

International Press Institute (IPI), a Vienna-based global network for a free media, with members in over 120 countries, is dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom; the promotion of the free flow of news and information and the improvement of the practices of journalism.

IPI-NIP seeks to initiate and promote a dynamic media stakeholder dialogue on the topic of digital innovation and sustainability. Central to this process are the experiences of IPI’s News Innovation Contest winners.

To register for the event, follow this link: http://www.ipinewsinnovation.org/join-us-in-johannesburg.html.   To join the conversation, go to www.ipinewsinnovation.org.