The entire world is experiencing a transformation in the digital divide. Kenya is signatory to the International Telecommunications Union, which in 2006 decided that every country had to move from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting by 17th June 2015. Although the digital migration process has had its challenges in Kenya, which include legal battles, the process is finally on course, having commenced in February 2012.
AMWIK held a conference on 28th April 2014, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of marginalized communities in the purview of digital broadcasting migration. The forum aimed at not only bringing marginalized groups at the centre of the global discussions of digital broadcasting migration but to also collectively come up with effective strategies of streamlining access to information to marginalized groups in view of the global changes.
In his keynote address, the former Cabinet Secretary for ICT Dr. Fred Matiang’i as the guest speaker reiterated the importance of digital broadcasting migration and the opportunities available for women and other marginalized groups because of pluralism and diversity in TV viewership,and new opportunities for content development.
To ensure digital inclusion therefore, relevant content and information is needed to ensure full participation of women and youth in every aspect of society; from economic success and educational achievement, to positive health outcomes and civic engagement.
As a follow up of the conference held in 2014, AMWIK will hold a two day conference dubbed Leveraging on Digital Migration Opportunities for Women Journalists on the 28th & 29th January 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. The Conference seeks to leverage on emerging opportunities for women in media as content developers for the new channels presented by digital migration.
The conference will discuss national progress on digital migration processes and opportunities for women on content development. It will also highlight knowledge and skills gaps that require improvement andact as a consultative framework for journalists and media stakeholders to discuss the Kenyan media environment and assess opportunities for greater engagement in the digital era.
To strengthen the capacity of women journalists to participate and benefit from the opportunities arising from the digital Migration.
a) To enhance understanding on the national progress with regard to Digital Migration.
b) To highlight knowledge and skills gaps among women journalists that requires improvement.
The conference is meant for TV and Radio content producers from mainstream media houses and community radio stations from across the region. It is designed for mid career journalists with some experience in content production/development and who ware interested to tap into available opportunities in content development.