The IREN Eastern Africa Media forum is one of IREN’s key forums that targets media practitioners for annual brainstorming sessions on business, governance and other developmental issues.
For the last eleven years, IREN has trained over 500 journalists and communicators from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Zambia and South Sudan who cover business, governance and other developmental issues. The IREN Eastern Africa Media Training aims at exposing media practitioners to factors that influence events in the world and to principles of wealth creation, and to promote coverage of development economic issues in Eastern Africa media outlets.
Previous Media Training Themes
- (2020) Deploying Trend Analysis for Predictive Reporting
- (2019) Gunboat and Debt Diplomacy: Harsh Choices for Africa
- (2018) The East Africa Scenarios
- (2017) Democracy, Fake News Industry and Economy
- (2016) African Agency in Geopolitical Affairs: The Role of Media
- (2015) Africa’s Productivity in the 21st Century: The Missing Link
- (2014) Africa Rising: Myth or Reality?
- (2013) Indian Ocean Rim: Gateway to Eastern Africa’s Prosperity
- (2012) Harnessing Digital Revolution to benefit Africa
- (2011) Is Eastern Africa Ready for China-India and Europe?
- (2010) The Billionth African
- (2009) Africa Resources Conflict: Whose Interest does the Press Serve?
- (2008) The Role of the Media in Positioning Africa in the 21st Century
- (2007) Turning Africa’s People into a Resource
- (2006) Conquering Poverty through Business in Eastern Africa
- (2005) Property Rights in the African Context
- (2004) Business and International Trade
- (2003) World Trade Organization and Africa.
The 19th IREN Eastern Africa Media Forum 2021
Theme: Digitalization and Framing of Political Issues in East Africa
Date: May 14th – May 31st 2021
Powered by rapid growth in internet connectivity, Eastern Africa’s media environment is developing in novel, sometimes unanticipated, ways that are radically redefining the role of journalists, and increasing citizen participation in governance. The litany of new media, which includes websites, blogs, video-sharing platforms, digital apps, and social media are relaying information directly to individuals making the virtual space to be the new arena where incumbents and newcomers alike speak directly to constituents.
Overall Objective: To explore the evolution of digital communication apps and their impact on framing of political issues in East Africa.
- To identify evolving digital communication apps and future
- To discuss the impact of evolving digital communication apps on news media platforms
- To discuss how digital communication apps have impacted the framing of political issues in East Africa
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