Live Africa News is an independent digital information platform founded in 2020 dedicated to covering issues of political, economic, and cultural interest from all across the continent, including aggregated news and views as well as originally sourced content from freelance and independent authors.
The advent of digital media has turned the media landscape upside down. The news cycle moves at lightning speed, thanks to live tweeting, blogging and citizen journalism, all unknown just a few years ago.
Fibre optics have revolutionized the telecommunications industry, the Internet is getting cheaper and faster and more communities are logging on, even in remote areas in Africa. More people use their smartphones to receive digital content than ever before.
To remain accessible, conventional media practitioners in Africa are adapting to a new media world that is time-sensitive and more interactive. Advocacy journalism, in particular, is growing exponentially—bloggers and citizen journalists are mobilizing for various causes, including good governance.
Although a lot has changed in media technology and operations over the last 15 years, society still looks to the media to play its traditional role—to inform, educate and entertain.
In Africa the media plays an even more critical role, that of deepening and institutionalizing democracy. Citizens need to be informed as nations take on new responsibilities in a globalized world.
Here at Live Africa News, we believe that media plays an important role in building an informed society. Citizens need credible information from a media that can skillfully moderate debate and provoke meaningful conversations that can lead to transforming Africa. To play its role effectively, the media must see itself as instrumental to ensuring and improving the quality of life in society.
Africa needs journalism that innovates and supports innovation in a modernizing continent, one that not only grows, but promotes growth and the development of society. It needs journalism that not only generates the ideas that are the engine of social transformation, but also moderates the debates that emerge from these societal changes.
We welcome you to join us in this noble mission – support our cause with donations or advertising, while we also welcome independent contributions to help exhibit new African voices. Get in touch with us on our contact page.