Digital Innovation and the Future of Journalism in Tanzania

Basic skills required in the future of journalism
  1. We are lacking online quality content (especially of Swahili language addressing challenges and general knowledge and information from the Tanzanian context). There is an extreme growth of local Swahili content but most of it non-constructive for the end-users.
  2. The growth of the number of internet users and availability of relatively affordable smart or featured phones play a positive role into the Journalism Viability in Tanzania. With over 27M internet users (although they are not all active everyday) the community to access information is there. The secret lies in knowing how they can be enticed to access the quality content shared.
  3. There is a lack of online platforms with original Swahili content. Most platforms in the forms of websites, blogs have copy and pasted content. A very few have original content such as Mwananchi itself.
  4. We have many professional content generators (and that is to say journalists) who are not active on the online space. I have heard in most of the media houses only a selected number of news gathered is published. The task at hand is how do we change the mind-set of this group to be willing to be part of Digital Skills capacity building so that they can be reliable and dependable online content generators in a productive way that could benefit them as well.
  5. The recent deliberate efforts by the government on ICT instills hope for innovation and technology in all spheres as well and journalism and media.

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Asha D. Abinallah

Asha D. Abinallah

Expert at the intersection of Internet on Information, Innovation, Technology & Governance in New Media | DW Certified Trainer | CEO at Media Convergency