The Media Project will sponsor a regional conference in the southern part of Africa. The topic for the three-day conference starting Friday 31 October in Lusaka, Zambia, is "Media, development, press freedom and ethics - challenges for journalists." About 30 journalists from nine countries (Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Angola, Lesotho and Zambia).
“I am hoping the conference will pave the way for the reshaping and improving of reporting for national development in Africa by the media who are pivotal in helping the region acquire success in socio-economic development,” says the local coordinator Roberta Muchangwe, a lecturer in mass communication at the University of Zambia.
The conference will be a platform for journalists from the southern region to discuss the current situation, challenges and advancements relating to national development and what role they can play to help push development forward. Further, discussions will include practical suggestions on how to report for development. Media experts and journalists that have great understanding of the media industry will be part of the conference.
The regional director of MISA Zoe Titus will be talking about the “Role of the media in national development” while Carole Chibbonta, lecturer at the University of Zambia, will teach on how social media can be utilized in national development. Ghanian born writer, newspaper columnist and trainer Edem Djokoto will focus on “Issue-based reporting and national development” and Dr Fred Mwilima from University of Namibia will speak on “Ethical issues in journalism” with a special reference to the “brown envelope” issues, which is a common way to describe bribery.
Journalist leader and editor Luisa Rogerio from Angola will speak about “Investigative journalism and what role it can play in national development.”
Veteran journalist Susan Valentine from South Africa will address the relationship between press freedom and development. She is the Africa Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Parkie Mbozi will focus on online media, regulation and professionalism while Arne H. Fjeldstad, CEO of The Media Project will talk about religion journalism.