Bayimba festival signals Uganda trip

Matooka Roots Fusion.....

In this photo, a guitarist plays the guitar on Sept, 18, 2015, during the performance of the Matooka Roots Fusion band at the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts in Kampala, Uganda.

During the annual Bayimba Festival, Kampala comes alive with music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts from established and upcoming artists.

The 9th edition of the festival comes up 16-18 September, 2016.

I am looking forward to another travel.

Hope to see you there.

 

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3 examples of journalistic weblogs I find appealing

As part of my online journalism course with RNTC, I  am sharing three examples of good journalistic weblogs following some search on the internet. This blog post chronicles what I found and what I like about them. Here goes:

1. Stevebuttery.wordpress.com. Until recently, Steve Buttry was the digital transformation editor at Digital First Media in the U.S.

I am a fan of Steve’s blog because of the conversational style with which he shares tips on digital journalism and other personal stuffs relating to his work as an editor and media trainer. He is also consistent with his posts. If you’re passionate about journalism and the new media, you will find Steve’s blog very refreshing.

Similar blogs I find interesting include: Mulinblog and ProfKRG, run by journalism educators with interests in digital media.

2. Photography is Not a Crime, also known as PINAC, was founded in 2007 following the arrest of its creator, Carlos Miller, a multimedia journalist. Carlos was arrested for taking photos of five Miami police officers while working on an article for a local news site. His weblog focuses on the rights of photographers and the First Amendment rights of the public.

I like the blog for its consistency and supportive readership community. “PINAC is mostly funded by its readers who contribute what they can to help pay for bandwidth costs, technical support, design adjustments and the countless hours I spend in front of the computer keeping it updated,” says Carlos.

3. Nakedchiefs.com. Described as “A (sometimes) irreverent take on all things African – and non-Africa,” this weblog is run by Charles Onyango-Obbo, Executive Editor Africa & Digital Media, Nation Media Group, Nairobi.

I like the blog for its commentary on current affairs and insights on African issues. One of my favorite commentaries from him will be a piece he wrote on building a commercially successful pan-African news portal.

Exploring Online Journalism

I recently became one of ten journalists selected to participate in an online journalism course organized by Radio Netherlands Training Center RNTC.The course runs online and will last for six weeks.

I have participated in a number of online courses, but this one with RNTC comes unique. It is thorough with loads of course work. We have a manageable class of ten, which means the instructor would find it easier to give feedback to every participating student. And the course dwells on my area of strong interest – online journalism.

We have had our first virtual class, with the instructor taking us on search, research and online sources.

The online platform serves as a medium to spread and consume all kinds of information. As a journalist this presents, not only an opportunity, but also challenge.  The opportunity lies in the potential to find or expand the audience for your work and publish content at a cheap or almost zero cost. And the challenge remains in the need to stand out as a credible and trusted source for news and content. Here, knowledge is power.

In this Online Journalism course, RNTC provides not only the knowledge, but also practical skills. Therefore, I will be posting materials based on knowledge and skills gained from the course.

This brings me to the three main distinguishing features of online journalism:  lack of a deadline, the use of multimedia, and the interaction with the audience. Focus will be on the latter two as the course progresses. I invite you to follow me.

Many thanks.