Article on AfricaNews.com is published in MediaShift PBS
Over the past couple of months I have been following a new African news portal, Africa News, the latest in the 12-year history of African online news media. Africa News goes much further than previous attempts to create online news communities serving Africa; the site includes content submitted by locally based citizen journalists who use mobile phones and the Internet to submit stories for publication.
But it’s important to understand past attempts at news portals in Africa before assessing this new one. I remember the excitement back in the late 1990s when broadband was first introduced and many news and commercial sites began to rush online. Even more exciting for me was the launch in 1999 of NigeriaWorld, one of the first online portals reporting news from Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, as well as the continent as a whole. From there, I could read up on all the latest news and more.
Nigeriaworld, which is part of the Odili Group of online media, was very much ahead of its time in that it didn’t just publish news but tried to create a space for the exchange of ideas. It published reader submissions, enabled comments and provided users with their own webpages to showcase their work and ideas.
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