About

 

The Covid-19 crisis has proved in EAST Africa that the public interest media is more crucial than ever for explaining our complex world, fact-checking information, and holding the powerful to account. New technologies have brought immense possibilities for media to publish stories and engage with audiences. At the same time, the media faces existential challenges. Journalism urgently requires new and fresh ideas to deal with the myriad problems and opportunities to which there are no simple answers.

The EAST Festival is a four-day hybrid conference to reinvent storytelling and journalism in East Africa. It will bring together the brightest minds on media innovation and media viability from the three East African countries: Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. A broad range of stakeholders – academics, innovators, media managers and practitioners, bloggers, donors, and entrepreneurs – will share their expertise and debate on topics like new ways of storytelling, journalism education, audience development, business models, and the newsroom of the future. It will also present key results of an exciting one-of-a-kind research project on Media Viability in East Africa. 

 
 

The event offers a unique festival experience with a very diverse program of inspirational talks, interactive workshops and meetings, exhibitions, and performances about everything relating to media innovation in East Africa. The EAST Festival is proudly hosted by the Media Futures East Africa Project (Aga Khan University and DW Akademie) in partnership with Ennovate Hub and Uganda’s Media Challenge Initiative.”





Strategic Objectives of the Conference


Setting the media agenda
Setting the media agenda
Policy and advocacy
Policy and advocacy
Knowledge sharing & learnings
Knowledge sharing & learnings
Reporting & Accountability Development
Reporting & Accountability Development
Partnership development & collaborations
Partnership development & collaborations




Speakers




Professor Bitange Ndemo
A professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi School of Business and a global ICT thought leader

Prof. Lawrence Pintak
Award-winning journalist and scholar

Solomon Serwanjja
Executive Director of the African Institute for Investigative Journalism

Edith Kimani
Moderator



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Articles



Kenya has a diverse, vibrant media system with a high internet penetration rate, literate society and fairly well-trained journalists. However, significant challenges to long-term viability remain. This report presents findings on the Kenyan media landscape along the five Media Viability indicators by DW Akademie.

  by: akuhadmin
  15-Sep-21



Politics continues to play a major role in Tanzania’s diverse and vibrant media landscape. There have been increased incidences of the government banning, suspending or fining news outlets broadcasting content deemed critical of the government.

  by: akuhadmin
  15-Sep-21



Uganda has diverse legacy media and a growing broadcast and online media space. This report, analysing the Ugandan media landscape along the five Media Viability indicators of DW Akademie, outlines the structural and societal conditions that have created an unfavourable media viability trend in the last years.

  by: akuhadmin
  15-Sep-21




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