Posts tagged with ‘Africa’
Twitter Inc is tying up with a Singapore-based startup to make its 140-character messaging service available to users in emerging markets who have entry-level mobile phones which cannot access the Internet.
U2opia Mobile, which has a similar tie-up with Facebook Inc , will launch its Twitter service in the first quarter of next year, Chief Executive and Co-founder Sumesh Menon told Reuters.
Users will need to dial a simple code to get a feed of the popular trending topics on Twitter, he said.
via Publishing Perspectives. The independent publishing world in Africa has promise for the future, despite having more challenges than most locales. Previously a “no man’s land,” more and more independent publishers are going digital including Snapplify:
Snapplify is an African-based digital publishing company, with partners all over the globe, that has played a major role in helping numerous local publishers and authors leverage their digital publishing platform to give their content the global push. Not only does this mean they will experience international traction, but because Snapplify supports Android (the dominating OS in Africa) there will soon be a proliferation of accessible local content available on the mobile stores.
The African Media Initiative has opened a $1 million news challenge. The initiative will offer grants from $12,500 to $100,000 for African-based projects and is modeled after the Knight News Challenge in the United States.
This innovation challenge focuses on journalism and the news media.
We are looking for disruptive digital ideas for improving the way that news is collected and disseminated.
By digital ideas, we mean tools or strategies that use the Internet, mobile platforms, data driven journalism, computer assisted reporting, digitally augmented reality, or other electronic means to improve the relevance and impact of news media.
Your ideas should be focused on providing pragmatic solutions to realworld challenges facing Africa’s media.
Your innovation should fall into any of four broad categories: news gathering; story telling; audience engagement; or the business of news.
The competition opens today with the submission deadline on July 10.
More information is available here.