Friday, February 3, 2012

Learning is a Continuous Process



Five days of internet for editor training (January 30-February 3) proved learning is a continuous process. It enhanced my knowledge on the use and potentiality of internet for journalists.  Some key lessons drawn from the training includes:

·         Smart internet search by internet search tools, i.e. my favorites' for record and storage of relevant information  

·         Useful websites for journalistic and personal use  .i.e. Project Gutenberg , African literature and writers on the internet, Hello in Many Language, African Election Data Base to mention a few
·         Developed my own blog which am determined to keep alive
 The training gave more than I expected, thanks to a well packaged program and skilled facilitators.  Lively participation between participants and facilitators as well as participants to participants made the training enjoyable and easy to follow



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Foreign Aid Bad for Africa

Several decades after independence most Africans still live in deplorable condition. Tanzania is no exceptional, in her 50th anniversary of independence is among the poorest countries. Why Africa has remain in such state despite its abundant natural resources; minerals, good land, forest, natural gas but to mention a few 

Developed countries spent millions for direct foreign aid to Africa. It’s estimated that more than 1 trillion US dollars have been spent in last fifty years. Consequently,  it doesn't come as a surprise, that there those who oppose and  foreign aids in perception that they cause harm than good to the continent.

Specifically, Dr. Dambisa Moyo argue that foreign aid play a significant role in hindering development in Africa. In her 2009 book "Dead Aid; Why is Not Working and How There is Another Way for Africa", the international economist, wrote foreign aid “fostered dependency, encourage corruption eventual perpetuated poor governance and poverty”.
In other words, she believes Africa true development can be realized from within, focusing on good use of local resources.

Moyo’s argument is supported by Tanzania political scientist, Prof. Mwesiga  Baregu, who once likened African government development policies to shopping lists. The St. Augustine University of Tanzania Professor argued that no matter how good development policies may be, the implementation largely depend on foreign assistance.

Definitely African wellbeing is largely placed into donors who in return dictate what the former should and shouldn’t do regardless of its impacts. Introduction of Structure Adjustments Programs in Tanzania in 1980’s is a typical example. The program is blamed for weakened  public services following an introduction of cost sharing policy to education, health, water and other basic services previously subsided by the state.

Convincingly, enormous foreign aids to Africa have failed to improve economic status of most African countries instead perpetuated dependency as donor countries use them to dictate the so called development policies to  Africa  to serve they are own interests 




Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Newspapers in Digital Era

The development of internet or network of interconnection of physical computers developed 1990’s has completely   transformed the word information and communication. Among others, internet has changed consumer attitudes, expectations and their  news sourcing.  Young generation, in particular in developed countries prefer online news over the traditional newspapers, radio and television.  As it should be expected newspapers circulation as well as advertising revenue has droped. In his speech to American Society of newspaper Editors, Rupert Murdoch, the Us- Australian media Mogul said the challenge of newspaper industry “is to deliver news in way that consumer want to receive it”.  
Pointing out that new generation want news that speaks to them personally, that affects their lives and that they want to be able to use the information in large community.  Thus the media mogul advised that newspaper website should be refashioned in way that moves from just a "bland that repurposing print content  to a platform that offer compelling and relevant content that includes  local, national, international news but also commentary and humor".  His key message for newspaper editors was for them to change  their focus from what is news to wahat  consumer needs    

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Internet Vs World Wide Web

For quite sometime I couldn’t make a clearly distinction between the two concepts-Internet and World Wide Web, popularly used in today’s world of information and communication. The two were more or less the same.  Thanks to internet training for editors, I came to understand that while Internet is a collection of interconnected physical infrastructure of computer networks,  the World Wide Web[WWW]is the collection on interconnected content accessed through internet. I believe that  good number of people use the two concepts  interchangeably probably because they are closely interrelated in the sense that internet acts as a bridge through which most of us can access WWW contents.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Internet Revolution

First day of internet training for news editors  and  communication lecturers organised by MISA-TAN in collaboration with VIKES (Finnish Foundation for Media Development) went  great. The trainer Peik Johansson, a journalist and training consultant from Finland  facilitated discussion on internet revolution and its impact on people's life.
Among others was excited to learn about Project Guttenberg website. dedicated for online free books where one can download, read and even print the books.  
Similarly was excited on the training on developing our own blog. In fact the training gave an opportunity to make the very first personal blog.
I must admit that the training was very relevant as staff member for News and Current Affairs department of Tanzania Broadcasting Corporations- TBC, the training  will  enhance skills in collection, package and dissemination of  news and other current affairs information