Africa: Interview

Africa: Interview

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w giving us money for us to fund our investigations? This is the kind of conversation that we in our print, online and social media journalism, should be having.

Yes, we’ll get to ask questions.

The West African Journalism Innovation Conference (WAJIC) is the first of its kind in West Africa. Organized by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), the conference is set to bring together journalists, technology experts, policymakers and innovators to discuss the intersection between journalism, digital innovation, artificial intelligence and other forms of technology.

Mrs. Busola Ajibola of CJID talks to PREMIUM TIMES about the reason behind WAJIC and what it hopes to achieve. She emphasises the need for journalism to continually reinvent itself in order to remain relevant and the importance of leveraging technology and innovation to address the challenge of sustainability. Mrs. Ajibola also promises that there will be room for conversations on how platforms such as Google and Facebook should compensate media organisations for content generated.

Several renowned experts, ranging from Richard Gingras of Google to Musikilu Mojeed, the Editor-In-Chief of PREMIUM TIMES, will be participating in the conference. There will also be translators to bridge the language barrier because WAJIC is receiving applications from francophone countries like Benin Republic and Lomé, among others.

At a time when Artificial Intelligence is quickly becoming an integral part of our everyday lives, WAJIC is a great opportunity to engage a diverse range of voices on the implications of disruptive technologies for journalism in West Africa. The conference will provide a platform to ask relevant questions and make informed decisions about how to position the media in the changing landscape. Ultimately, the goal of WAJIC is to find a way to ensure the continued relevance of journalism and the media to democracy in West Africa