Thursday 20 Sep 2018
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The "News is Coming" grant will create a new kind of local newspaper, one using new technology to communicate across social fault lines of language, race, class and age. It is expected from the project that it will produce a more vigorous local dialogue, a community true in conversation with itself.

Through Highway Africa, editors throughout the continent will learn of this new open source software (NiKA CMS) being pioneered by Rhodes University between the Journalism Department and the Computer Science Department. Several will want to try it.

Ultimately, it is hoped that a more representative, shared and participatory "public space" will result in better, more democratic decision-making in the communities that we are able to get telephone and newspapers to do new things together.