TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Whilst the world's attention has been
focused on the use of social media during the 'Arab Spring' a lesser
known social media revolution has been emerging in Sub-Saharan Africa.
On February 13th from 4:00- 5:30 pm in the Caledonia Room at the St. Andrew Conference,
as a part of Social Media Week Toronto, Journalists for Human Rights
will be hosting a free panel discussion that focuses on this
alternative online revolution.
The event, "Sub-Saharan Africa: The Other Social Media Revolution" will
highlight what trends are happening in the social media sphere south of
the Sahara and how social media has become a pivotal tool for
development and the promotion of human rights.
Media development experts Sande Wycliffe, Ato Kwamena Dadzie, Kennedy
Jawoko and Carissa MacLennan, who each bring a unique perspective on
the use of social media in Africa, will be sitting on the panel.
Sande Wycliffe is a journalist born and raised in Kenya. He has become
an integral part of a new project, "The Voice of Kibera." The project
promotes citizen journalism through the use of cell phones in Nairobi's
largest slum, Kibera.
Radio personality Ato Kwamena Dadzie, popularly known as the 'Jon
Stewart' of Ghana, is considered to be one of best journalists in West
Africa, as well as one of the region's most controversial bloggers.
He's currently at the University of Toronto's Massey College on a
Canadian Journalism Foundation Fisher Fellowship.
Kennedy Jawoko is an Canadian radio journalist who has worked
extensively in both media and development in East Africa. He spent
several weeks embedded in the Ugandan military to investigate Joseph
Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.
Carissa MacLennan is an expert media practitioner and education
specialist for JHR and UNICEF. Recently appointed to a new position
with the Jane Goodall Institute, Ms. MacLennan views social media as a
powerful tool for education.
Journalists for Human Rights (www.jhr.ca) is Canada's largest media development organization and specializes in
training journalists how to use their craft to better promote human
rights, create societal dialogue and hold governments accountable. Over
ten years JHR has directly trained over 2000 journalists across 17
African countries. The work of JHR reaches an estimated 20 million
SOURCE jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)
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