GSMC faculty host panel discussion at the East African Communication Association Conference
East African Communication Association Conference Delegates pose for a group photo in Kigali, Rwanda
Faculty from The Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications were among those who attended the 7th East African Communication Association Conference, hosted by the University of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda. This year’s conference theme “The economics of media business in the 21st century” saw Prof. Rhonda Breit, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Nancy Booker and Dr. Sam Kamau of GSMC host a panel discussion on preparing East African journalism graduates for unknown futures. Key among the discussions around this panel was; issues arising from digitization that faculty across the region need to be aware of which necessitate a new way of thinking for practicing journalists.
The panel also highlighted the kind of knowledge, skills and professional habits that journalists require for employment in the 21st century. Attention was also paid to the curricula for journalism education and training and how it can be adapted to prepare East African journalists for the inevitable disruptions emanating from digitization. Dr. Sam Kamau and Dr. Nancy Booker also presented papers on “journalism’s new frontiers in an evolving digital world” and “new approaches towards monetizing the business of journalism in Kenya,” respectively.
The East African Communication Association conference brings together journalism and communication scholars and researchers from across the East African region and other parts of the world. This year’s conference saw over 100 papers presented and over 14 countries represented by the 150 delegates in attendance.