9 November 2012

Africa: Eric Chinje Calls for Youth Involvement in Media Management

Photo: Tami Hultman/AllAfrica
Amadou Mahtar Ba, chief executive officer of the African Media Initiative and chair of AllAfrica Global Media.

Dakar, 8 November — Eric Chinje, Mo Ibrahim Foundation's strategic communications Director has called for youth involvement in media management while urging African media leaders attending the fifth AMLF edition to help young men take over.

According to him, the media have an important role to play in Africa's development. He highlighted the need to check the reliability of news items before they are released. "The private and public media are beginning to lose credibility," he said.

"We thought that by using open data, the production would become more credible," he went on to say.

Taking the floor, the South African investigative and innovative journalist, Justin Arenstein, said that the media will work with high-tech data to become more in line with the digital era.

"The open data experience in Morocco with the help of the government is very useful for the country's media, because to be competitive they must take into account public interest," he explained.

For his part, the Google Representative, Alan Knott-Graig, said that more data is synonymous with more knowledge. Demand must be based on data, because that would helps us improve our job », he added." It is important to know where we go and we must think about it concretely, », added Mr Graig.

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