2018 Judges | African Digital Media Awards 2018

African Digital Media Awards 2018

23 Nov 2018
Johannesburg
South Africa

2018 Judges | African Digital Media Awards 2018

2018 Judges

2018's judges represent experts from within academia and top management across the world, with backgrounds ranging from print to television, to research and pure digital.

Meet the Judges:

Consultant & Trainer

Astrid Ascar has 29 years’ experience in the media industry. She began her career as a radio and TV journalist and producer, and started working in the digital media and marketing space in 2004. She has worked for media brands including DStv, Carte Blanche, Summit TV (now Business Day TV), The Home Channel, CNBC Africa, SABC TV, SAfm, Highveld and in more recent years co-hosting an online radio business show on Hot919 fm. 

Astrid’s consulting work focus for the past 10 years has been digital and integrated marketing and communications strategies, content creation and production, key messaging and copywriting, website audits including UI and UX consulting, helping clients implement plans across owned, earned and paid digital platforms, and using data analytics to generate business insights. She also MCs, gives talks, and facilitates workshops and conferences, and offers training in digital media and marketing, key message crafting, media interview skills, presentation skills, and crisis comms. 

Since March this year Astrid has been fulfilling the role of Chief Strategy Officer for the Wunderman South Africa group. 

Editor in Chief, Vision Group, Uganda

Barbara joined the New Vision in 1992 as a sub-editor trainee and rose through the ranks to Deputy Features Editor and then Features Editor, a position she held for ten years. In 2006, she was appointed deputy Editor-in-Chief and in April 2010, she was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. Barbara’s current responsibilities include overseeing the editorial strategy and journalistic standards of the Vision media platforms. Vision Group owns nine newspapers, six radio stations, three TV stations, a set of magazines and websites. 

She heads the editorial team that provides leadership in all managerial aspects: strategic planning, content generation and editing, product marketing, staff development, audience interaction and external relations. 

Barbara holds a Masters Degree in Journalism and Media studies from Rhodes University, South Africa and a post-graduate Diploma in Practical Journalism from the Thompson Foundation, Cardiff, United Kingdom. Before she became a journalist, Barbara was a high school teacher. To this effect, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Makerere University and a Masters Degree in Education from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

Barbara was an international Journalism Exchange fellow in 2007 with the International Centre for Journalists and American Society of Newspaper Editors. 

Her speciality is development journalism and she has coached and groomed many journalists in Uganda towards this. In 2012, Barbara received the National Jubilee Award in recognition of her contribution to the media in Uganda.  

Together with the team at Vision they have evolved a unique brand of journalism that has grown from simply telling stories to media products that foster development by offering role model practices in farming, education, health, entrepreneurship, environment etc. These projects started off as newspaper stories but they have since developed into big media projects and events throughout the country.

Country Lead, Code for Kenya, ICFJ Knight Fellow, Kenya

Catherine Gicheru is an International Center for Journalists Fellow and country lead for Code for Kenya, a data journalism, civic technology initiative which is part of a pan-African federation, Code for Africa. Gicheru is a veteran journalist with two of the leading media organizations in the region. She was the first woman bureau chief and the first female news editor of the Nation Media Group in the region. She is also the founding editor of the daily newspaper, the Star.

She co-founded PesaCheck, East Africa’s budget and public finance fact checking and verification initiative. She is a member of the advisory board of the Open Society Foundation’s Fiscal Governance Program which seeks to promote openness, accountability, and equity in fiscal and economic systems around the world. She was an advisory member of the State of Technology in Global Newsrooms survey conducted by the ICFJ which looked at how media professionals are adopting and adapting to digital technologies.. 

Gicheru is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Reuters Institute Journalism fellow at Oxford University, and a 1992 IWMF Courage in Journalism award winner.

Deputy CEO at Code For Africa

Chris Roper is chief engagement strategist and deputy CEO for the continent’s largest federation of civic technology and data journalism labs, Code for Africa (CfA).

Leveraging over two decades of insights from building Africa’s largest online news and content portals, Chris shapes CfA’s civic engagement and scaling strategies. He also serves as director for CfA’s forensic data initiative, the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), where he managed the participation of 18 African newsrooms in the Panama Papers transnational investigation, as well as an investigation by 13 newsrooms into worker safety lapses at Australian mines across Africa.

Chris’ role at CfA is underwritten by a Knight International Fellowship, with the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ).

Prior to joining CfA, Chris was editor-in-chief of Africa’s first newspaper to establish an internet presence, the Mail & Guardian. He rebuilt the newspaper’s digital offerings, boosting audience engagement and, within a year, facilitating a growth in unique monthly visitors from under a million to over two million. The increased audience reach helped M&G boost the impacts of its investigative reporting, including the Nkandla scandal, which first exposed the extent of State Capture in SA and which was influential in the eventual resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

Before M&G, Chris was editor-in-chief of Africa’s largest online publisher, 24.com, where he managed the merger of MWEB and News24 editorial content into the biggest digital content offering in Africa. 

Chris has taught journalism courses at the Universities of Pretoria and Western Cape, and the Polytechnic of Namibia. Chris has served as a judge on, among others, the SA Bookmark Digital Awards, the British Council Future of News competition, the NuMedia Plum Awards, and the PICA Awards. He frequently consults to publishing houses in his capacity as a Code for Africa strategist.

Senior Lecturer: Media/Head of Programme: Journalism at Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Jude Mathurine is head of the journalism programme at the Media department of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa. He holds an MA from Rhodes University where, among other hats, he was coordinator of the School of Journalism and Media Studies’ New Media Lab and editor of Grocott’s Mail Online. He has experience in African media assistance and development at the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media programme for sub-Sahara Africa, and has consulted widely as a digital journalism trainer. He has also held academic and leadership roles positions at the Durban University of Technology. He occasionally writes on South African new media matters and works to educate South Africa’s next generation of smart journalism creatives for social good.

Community organiser, advocacy strategist and writer

Koketso Moeti Founder Amandla.mobi

Koketso Moeti has a long background in civic activism and has over the years worked at the intersection of governance, communication and citizen action. She currently serves as the founding executive director of amandla.mobi, a community of over 220,000 people working to turn every cellphone into a democracy-building tool to ensure that those most affected by injustice- low income Black women in particular- can take collective action on issues affecting our lives. In 2018 she was announced as an inaugural Obama Foundation fellow and the Waislitz Global Citizen award winner. This comes after being a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices fellow. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the SOS Coalition, a coalition of South African organisations committed to and campaigning for public broadcasting in the public interest. 

When not working, Moeti can be found writing and has been published by a wide range of local and international media.

Associate Professor at Kristiania University College

Dr. Lene Pettersen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Innovation, marketing and economics at Kristiania University College, in Oslo, Norway. Pettersen researches, publishes and lectures about strategy, digital economy, digitalization, social media, social enterprise media, business models in the new media landscape, privacy, collaboration, the sharing economy, interaction design, artificial intelligence, amongst others.

Head of West Africa, BBC

Toyosi Ogunseye Head of West Africa BBC

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye is the Head of West Africa at the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC. She manages the operations and the five language services of the BBC in Francophone Africa and Anglophone West Africa. She has over 14 years experience as an investigative journalist on different beats like politics, crime, business, health and environment. Ogunseye was the first female editor in the 41-year history of Punch Newspaper, Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper. She is the winner of the Presidential Precinct Inaugural Young Leader Award in the United States which she received alongside Secretary Madeline Albright. She also received the University of Ibadan’s Distinguished Award for Journalism Excellence in 2016.

Ogunseye is a 2015 Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative Media Fellowship Programme and a 2014 Laureate of the African Women in News Leadership Award given by the World Association of Newspapers. In 2014, she won journalism’s premier prize: The Knight International Journalism Award, making her the first Nigerian journalist to win the global award. 

Ogunseye sits on the board of the World Editor’s Forum.  

Founder and editor, MarkLives.com, South Africa

Herman Manson (@marklives) is an established business journalist and media commentator and the founding editor of MarkLives.com.

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