As the countdown begins towards the 18th annual Highway Africa conference which takes place from 7-8 September at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, the organisers have announced that Dan Gillmor will be keynote speaker.
The theme of the conference is Social Media – from the margins to the mainstream and Gillmor, who wrote the seminal book on citizen journalism, “We the Media” (2004), will revisit his initial optimism on the potential of the internet.
Gillmor teaches digital media literacy at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Over 400 delegates from 36 African countries are expected to attend including others from the United States of America, Bolivia, the Netherlands and Germany.
The conference will have a mix of panel discussions, training workshops, book launches and networking dinners. There are four distinct tracks in the programme that seek to cater for the different core constituencies that are attending, ranging from mainstream journalists, academics, community media activists, to journalism students.
The conference will be preceded by council meetings of the African Editors Forum (TAEF) and the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF).