With only 16 days to go to the historic summit of the 2018 World Media Economics and Management Conference in Africa’s ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town from 6-9 May 2018, we continue to share with you, our valued delegates, some of the keynote speakers at this unmissable media business and media management conference:
Bozena I. Mierzejewska
Bozena I. Mierzejewska is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Management at the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, New York, USA. Dr. Mierzejewska holds an M.A. in Economics from Warsaw School of Economics from Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, and earned her Ph.D. in management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Her research and teaching focuses on media management and digitisation and its impact on media organizations and media workers.Dr. Mierzejewska is a passionate educator and a recipient of the 2010 Barry Sherman Teaching Award and 2015 Dean´ Teaching Innovation Award. In May 2016 she co-organized and hosted World Media Economics and Management conference in New York City. She is the editor of JMM – The International Journal on Media Management (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hijm20/current) and member of the editorial boards of Journal of Media Economics, Central European Journal of Communication and The International Journal on the Book. She is the co-editor (together with Alan Albarran and Jaemin Jung) of the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Media Management and Economics (Rutledge, 2018).
Inutu Himanje is the Head of Productions in the Programmes Department of Television 2, a second channel of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), a public service broadcaster, in Zambia. With over 18 years’ work experience in broadcast journalism, she is a Chevening scholar with a Masters in International Journalism from the City University of London. Ever on the search to learn new things and expand her educational and professional horizons and understanding, Inutu was a 2014 OSISA recipient of the Media Management Postgraduate Diploma offered at Rhodes University. Of the course, she says it is the best management course that gave her a 360 degrees hands-on training and education on how to manage a media organization. She says the programme, an honours degree-level qualification and the only formal media management qualification in Africa and the developing world, equipped her with both theoretical and practical competencies of how the business side of sales, marketing and distribution can synergize with the editorial policies to increase the financial bottom line of a media firm. Her research interests lie in the challenges that the digital revolution is posing on legacy media such as the ZNBC and how rebranding is no longer an option but a must for such media. She is currently a fourth year student of a first degree in law at the University of Lusaka, Zambia.
Mapi Mhlangu is an innovative executive news professional with more than 20 years’ story-telling experience in both television and radio. She is currently the Managing Director and Editor-in-chief of eSat TV (eNCA), South Africa’s first and biggest 24 hours news station. She oversees the business unit and directs the editorial content for all news bulletins and manages a team of editors, anchors, reporters and desk producers. Mapi began her career as a television reporter at the SABC in KwaZulu-Natal. From there she moved into radio, producing current affairs show AMLIVE in Johannesburg. She then joined CNBC Africa where she developed business skills as an executive producer. Mapi brought that experience to eNCA in 2009, and was quickly promoted to head of assignments. In 2013 she was appointed Channel News Director and was last year promoted to her current position. Under her watch, eNCA has maintained its number one spot in the country, despite the launch of two more local 24 hour news channels. Mapi is currently chair of the broadcasting forum of the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF). She brings her expertise to this industry-wide platform, a critical role given the changing broadcasting environment.She is also an African Leadership Initiative media fellow and Duke University Menell fellow. Mapi is currently studying towards her MBA at Henley’s University.
Jude Mathurine is head of the journalism programme at the Media department of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has held positions at the Durban University of Technology and Rhodes University. Experience includes work in media development for the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media programme for sub-Sahara Africa among others. He writes on South African digital media matters and works to educate South Africa’s next generation of smart journalism creatives for social good.
The Conference programme is now available at http://spi.ru.ac.za/conferenceprograme/.
Thank you to all delegates who have submitted changes to the programme. No further changes will be accepted.
Outstanding registration fees
We urge all registered delegates to ensure that they have paid their respective registration fees by now, unless suitable alternative arrangements have been made with the conference organisers.
#WMEMC 2018 IMPORTANT CONTACT LIST & INFORMATION GUIDE
NAME DESIGNATION CONTACT NUMBER
AMBULANCE ER24 084124
POLICE FLYING SQUAD 10111
MILNERTON SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE (SAPS) LAW ENFORCEMENT 021 528 3800
MILNERTON MEDI-CLINIC HEALTH 021 529 9000
MILNERTON FIRE DEPT FIRE & SAFETY 021 550 1348
DR TYGA STANDBY DOCTOR 083 655 8899
DR MARION STANDBY DENTIST 084 222 2204
MR FRANCIS MDLONGWA SPI DIRECTOR 082 909 6977
MS HEIDE KHUHLANE CONFERENCE CO-ORDINATOR 072 294 8748
MS SIBO MBENGASHE SPI FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR 074 328 8718
D OPPERMAN SECURITY MANAGER 082 680 8779
CONTROL ROOM SECURITY CONTROL 021 528 2058
HOTEL RECEPTION DIAL 0 FROM ANY ROOM PHONE
FINAL Call for Airport Transfers bookings
Kindly note the name of the transport provider, Evolution Tours. There will be a clearly marked Welcome Desk at the Cape Town International Airport with two assistants who will lead delegates to the buses. Delegates are urged to please forward their travel itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org should they wish to make use of the transport available to transport delegates from the Airport to the Lagoon Beach Hotel – the venue of the WMEMC — by no later than 25 April 2018. The schedule of the shuttle trips between the Airport and the Hotel and back appears below.
These are final shuttle times from either Cape Town International Airport or from the Lagoon Beach Hotel:
Date Bus Times
Saturday 5 May
(From Cape Town International Airport to the Lagoon Beach Hotel)
Sunday 6 May
(From Cape Town International Airport to the Lagoon Beach Hotel)
Thursday 10 May
(From the Lagoon Beach Hotel to Cape Town International Airport)
Special Registration now OPEN
Conference registration is OPEN for diplomats, NGOs and other institutions and individuals who may wish to attend the WMEMC summit as observers at a special fee of R2,000 per observer. Please register immediately on the conference website at www.wmemc.org. Registration for observers will close on 20 April 2018.
Reminder of the responsibilities of chairs and moderators
The responsibilities of the chairs (and of moderators of panels) of the research sessions include:
v -Briefly introducing the broad topics being discussed; briefly introducing the presenters and wrapping up the session at its end, when the chair opens up the session to the audience for a Q&A with the presenters.
v -Time-keeping so that the session does not over-run its allotted time, which would affect the next sessions.
v -Reminding presenters to speak to their research papers, and not to read their papers. Conference papers are being uploaded on the conference website and are being pass-word protected for access only by paid-up delegates. Delegates, who will be advised of the password shortly, are kindly asked to read the papers in advance of the conference; and
v – Asking delegates to identify themselves and their organizations when asking speakers questions.
Conference registration package
The conference registration package covers all teas/coffees and snacks served during the conference’s morning and afternoon breaks (from 7-9 May 2018); all lunches except on the day of the delegates’ arrival on 6 May 2018 when an evening gala reception will be provided to all delegates from 6.30pm; and three dinners (on 6 May, 7 May, and 9 May 2018). In the evening of 8 May 2018, delegates will be free from late afternoon to sample some of Cape Town’s best restaurants.
Conference Open Bar
Please be advised that there will be a cash bar available for delegates to use should they wish to purchase drinks over and above what is provided by the conference.
Water situation in Cape Town
Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and is currently in the midst of a serious drought, although it has received some welcome rains lately. We need your help to conserve the precious resource. Please ‘save like a local’, and keep your water usage to under 50 litres per person per day. Please visit www.capetown.gov.za for more details. Our hotel conference hosts assure us that there will be adequate water for delegates throughout the conference.
Security Tips and Information
The City of Cape Town is relatively safe and friendly. However, you are advised to be cautious of your surroundings at all times and to keep all belongings locked up or away from easy access.
You will be given a conference delegate tag when you register for the WMEMC conference. The tag gives you access to the conference sessions. You also need the tag for access to the lunches, tea breaks and dinners and evening entertainment. Please ensure that you wear it at all times during the conference.
You will also be issued with drinks coupons that entitle you to three drinks for the Welcome Cocktail Reception and the closing Dinner respectively. In addition, a cash bar will be available for those who need more than three drinks at either lunch or dinner.
Dress during the conference will be smart casual with the exception of the formal closing dinner on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, where delegates are expected to dress formally.
The month of May is the last month of autumn in South Africa and bordering on winter. Cape Town tends to experience some rain during this time. We strongly advise you to bring some warm clothing and an umbrella and/or raincoat just in case.
Wi-Fi will be available to delegates at all of the conference venues free of charge, with the details available at registration.
#WMEMC2018 registration will take place on Sunday, 6 May 2018, from 09:00 until 17:00. From 14:00-17:00 delegates are encouraged to tour scenic sites of Cape Town (optional) at own cost. At 18.30 the Conference’s Welcome Cocktail Reception will commence at the Lagoon Hotel until late.
The summit of the WMEMC starts at 08:00 on Monday, 7 May, running until Wednesday, 9 May 2018. The conference will conclude with a closing Gala Dinner and after-dinner party on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, from 18:30 till late. A cash bar will be available for the after-dinner party, which will run until late into the night.
Conference Questions and Assistance
Should you need help or have a question on the Conference, please email the Conference Co-ordinator Heide Khuhlane at email@example.com or call her at +27-46-603-8921.
We will do our best to regularly keep you abreast of any development that affects the Conference. Please watch this space. We look forward to welcoming and hosting you in Cape Town.