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Lab learns from German connections

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New Media Lab lecturer, Jude Mathurine is back from a lightning trip to Stuttgart, Germany where he presented a paper to the Africa Forum for Development.

Speaking during a panel on African media, Mathurine told the mainly German audience not to underestimate the challenge of the digital divide or the importance of new media technologies to correct global information imbalances. He also highlighted how African telco and ICT laws have been used to fetter media freedom and how poor digital capacity in newsrooms threatens media ethics, data security and future viability of the African press.

The panel included director of Zambian commercial radio station, Breeze FM Mike Daka and Die Son’s editor in chief, Ingo Capraro.

The delegation also visited the Stuttgarter Nachrichten, the region’s largest paper. The trip took place a day after a German teen shot and killed 16 people in the town of Winneden just 20kms away.

A trip was also made to the Hochschule der Medien (HDM) home of the Convergent Media Centre where students from disciplines like mobile, print and packaging, advertising, media economics, audio-visual, film-making and others develop cooperative relationships in a cross-media environment. Media Economics Professor, Boris Kuenhle explains here students aren't allowed to fetishise old or new media. A story is told using at least two or more media in different but related ways. This approach allows for specialists in writing, printing, audio visual production and other disciplines to build competence while simultaneously learning about cross media storygathering, storytelling and packaging from colleagues.

Mathurine was invited as a panellist to the First Africa-Forum for Development (13 March 2009) by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation working in the field of democracy building and social research and innovation.

NML's Jude Mathurine listens to a German/English translation, while colleagues Mike Daka (Breeze FM, Zambia), Ingo Capraro (Die Son, South Africa) and Frank Windeck (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung media programme for sub-Sahara Africa) look on