Abuja – Digital Media Africa Conference and Awards ( DMACA) aimed at debating digital issues and honour outstanding individuals and media organisations in Africa is set to hold in South Africa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event, which would hold from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30 is put together by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
Mr Vincent Peyrègne, the Chief Executive Officer of the association made this known in a statement made available to NAN on Monday in Abuja.
“Innovation has no boundaries, and our members and colleagues in Africa are a true testament to that with their inspiring mobile initiatives.
“There is so much to be learned from their example and to share with the rest of the world.
“It is an incredibly exciting time there for publishing, and I am certain that same excitement will be on display at DM Africa,’’ he said.
According to him, as digital information dissemination becomes common on the African continent, WAN-IFRA will continues to showcase and support the innovation taking place there.
He added that digital media executives would gather in Johannesburg City to debate digital issues facing publishers on the continent and abroad during the conference.
The organisers stressed that the debut awards would also honour individuals and news publishing companies that had created ground-breaking digital products that engaged readers while increasing their online business.
Peregne said the awards are open to all news publishers in Africa.
He listed some of the categories of the award to include: Best News Website, Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Website, Best Use of Online Video and Best Data Visualisation Project.
Others include: Best News Mobile Service, Best in Tablet Publishing, Best Reader Engagement and Best Digital Advertising Campaign.
“Crucially, winners will be eligible for WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards, which recognises the best digital initiatives from around the globe,’’ he said.
NAN reports that WAN-IFRA is an international non-profit organisation that advocates and promotes freedom of the press worldwide, as well as delivers services and innovative solutions to its members.
It organises conferences and seminars each year, as well as its flagship events, the World Newspaper Congress, the World Editors Forum and the World Publishing Expo.
Its European Headquarters are in Paris and Darmstadt, Germany. (NAN).