ACME annual lecture

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) will each year hold the “Media and Politics in Africa Annual Lecture” starting this year 2014.

The purpose of the lecture – to run every year hence forming a series of lectures that will be published into a booklet for wider circulation – is to explore the relationship between media and politics in Africa amidst the ever-changing circumstances generated from within and without the continent. The first three lectures are being funded with a grant from the Democratic Governance Facility under a project that ACME is running titled “Enhanced Media Reporting for Transparency & Accountability (EMERTA)”.

“We hope to nudge Ugandan journalists and others to think more broadly and critically about some of the urgent issues affecting our industry today – issues such as the impact of new media technologies on the conduct of journalism and politics and how that in turn is redefining the interaction between media and politics,” said Dr Peter Mwesige, ACME’s executive director.

The lecture will be delivered in Kampala every November by a notable African whose work has significantly joined for better or for worse the worlds of media and politics.

Accordingly, the inaugural Media and Politics in Africa Lecturer is Mr Trevor Ncube. He will deliver his lecture at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 November 2014, in the Banquet Hall of the Golf Course Hotel in Kampala. Mr Ncube is a renowned Zimbabwean entrepreneur and publisher running influential media outlets in Zimbabwe and South Africa. An intrepid fighter for media freedom in Zimbabwe, Mr Ncube is probably better known as the majority owner of South Africa’s highly respected weekly newspaper, Mail & Guardian.

“We are very pleased that a media heavyweight on the continent such as Mr Ncube accepted to honour our invitation,” said Mr Bernard Tabaire, ACME’s director of programmes. “He is intellectually impressive too – just take a listen to his TEDx Talk titled Embracing Life’s Challenges to get a sense of what the man is all about.”

Added Mr Tabaire: “The lecture is open to the public, so I invite everyone who cares about the connections and disconnections between media and politics in Africa, and who wants his or her thinking challenged, to attend.”

Under the EMERTA project, ACME runs a grant facility and a fellowship programme for reporters as a key component. The other two components are “data journalism and evidence-based reporting” and “expanding spaces to enhance knowledge and promote professional fellowship among journalists.” The annual lecture is an activity in the latter component.

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