With only 26 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 management conference:
Professor Harry Dugmore
Harry Dugmore is the Director of the Centre for Health Journalism at Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in Grahamstown, South Africa. Harry has a long-standing interest in the media’s ability to influence health behaviours and shape health identities. Harry is the South African research co-ordinator of the Journalism Students across the Globe (Professionalization, Identity and Challenges in a Changing Environment) project that is examining the views of journalism students in a large variety of political, economic, social and cultural contexts across 30 countries. Harry is currently completing a research report on the current state of media economics in South Africa, focusing on the longer term sustainability of news media in the digital era. Harry’s other research interests include digital health journalism, participatory journalism, and the media’s role in shaping sexualities and sexual identities. He was lead author of The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)’s consensus study, Diversity in Human Sexuality: Implications for Policy in Africa, published in 2015. Harry is on sabbatical and affiliated to Queensland University of Technology during 2018.
Professor G Tomasseli
Prof. Keyan G Tomaselli
Keyan G Tomaselli is Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg. He is co-editor (with Olorunnisola, A). of the Political Economy of Transformation: The South African Media. (Hampton Press, 2011).
Matthew Buckland is an Internet entrepreneur and businessman who is the founder of Creative Spark — a digital agency and publisher which was acquired in 2015 by UK firm M&C Saatchi PLC (LSE: SAA), the holding group of M&C Saatchi. Buckland is also the founder of Burn Media, a suite of technology publishing brands which includes Memeburn, Ventureburn.com, Gearburn.com and others. Buckland previously headed the online division of the Mail & Guardian, thereafter he started 20fourlabs at News24.com, the largest South African online news publisher which is owned by Naspers. While at the Mail & Guardian Buckland founded Thought Leader. In 2015 he was selected as a “Master of Digital”, sitting down with actor Idris Elba for a “Q&A Session”. Buckland lives in Cape Town with his wife and two daughters. Named as one of “SA’s top 100 most influential media and advertising people” (The Annual), Matthew is an internet professional who has worked in the internet space for the past 20 years. In 2015 he was selected in Fast Company Magazine’s Most Creative People in Business. In 2011 he was listed in Destiny magazine’s feature, “Power of 40: 40 Entrepreneurs under 40 doing interesting things”. He was a founding board member of the Silicon Cape, an entity that fosters startup growth in South Africa. He was also a founding board member of digital media and marketing industry bodies such as OPA and IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) in various capacities. Matthew previously worked for the BBC Online (beeb.com division) in London, and internet multinational Naspers, which owns South Africa’s largest online operation 24.com, first as the GM of Publishing, and then going on to found and head up the award-winning 20FourLabs, which went on to win the Nokia mobile app innovation challenge. At Naspers he completed a Harvard Business School Executive Education course for future leaders, with a focus on online business and social networking. Prior to this, he headed up online news publisher Mail & Guardian Online for seven years (co-owned by Guardian Newspapers Limited), turning the online division into a profitable entity for the first time in its history and founding the Webby Honoree-award winning Thought Leader. He’s also had stints at Avusa, Carte Blanche and iafrica.com. Matthew has served as a judge for various industry awards from the Bookmarks, to Social Media Week, to the Sikuvile journalism awards and the NextWeb Startup awards. He has spoken and guest-lectured on online media issues around the world, including New York, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Ireland and Kenya. He was also proud to share the stage with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales in a talk on “Future Web Trends” in 2007, and Craigslist creator Craig Newmark at the IIE Goldman Sachs Global Leaders in New York in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University, with three majors in journalism, philosophy and history. Matthew is a new media graduate and knows no other medium!
Prof. Ruth Teer-Tomaselli
Ruth Teer-Tomaselli is Professor at the Centre for Communication, Media and Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban. She holds the UNESCO Chair in Communication for South Africa, has been an IAMCR Vice-President and President of the SA Communication Association (SACOMM). She is a Fellow of both UKZN and SACOMM. Her most recent book is “Media and Empire in the 20th Century”, co-edited with Donal McCracken (Routledge) 2014.
The Conference programme is now available at http://spi.ru.ac.za/conferenceprograme/. Please inform us of any changes urgently. The last day for changes is Monday 9 April 2018.
Outstanding registration fees
We urge all registered delegates to ensure that they have paid their respective registration fees by now, unless suitable arrangements have been made with the conference organisers.
Outstanding conference papers
We urge all delegates with outstanding full conference papers to please forward them to Ms Heide Khuhlane ((firstname.lastname@example.org)) by no later than Monday 9 April 2018, unless alternative arrangements have been made. Please also inform us of any cancellations to assist the conference organisers.
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.
Airport Transfers & Provisional Bus Times
Delegates are urged to please forward their travel itinerary to email@example.com should they wish to make use of the transport available to transport delegates from the Cape Town International Airport to the Lagoon Beach Hotel, the venue of the Conference, on Sunday, 6 May 2018, and returning to the Airport on Thursday, 10 May 2018. The schedule of the shuttle trips between the Airport and the Hotel and back appears below. .
These are provisional shuttle times from either Cape Town International Airport or from the Lagoon Beach Hotel:
Date Bus Times
Saturday 5 May
Sunday 6 May
Thursday 10 May
Reminder of the responsibilities of Chairs
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 by paid-up delegates only. Delegates are kindly asked to read the papers in advance; and
V – Asking delegates to identify themselves and their organizations when asking speakers
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.
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, 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 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, from 18:30 till late. A cash bar will be available for the after-dinner party, which will run until late into the night.
CAPE TOWN ATTRACTIONS
CANAL WALK Canal Walk Shopping Centre merges the world’s most desirable brands with shopping convenience, all in a majestic setting. Over 400 stores open 9am – 9pm. https://canalwalk.co.za/
CAPE POINT The most south-western point of the African continent. It also houses a nature reserve with baboons, Cape Mountain Zebras, buck, and at least some of the 250 species of birds. https://www,capepoint.co.za
THE ZEITZ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AFRICA Largest art museum in Africa, and the largest museum in the world showcasing the art of Africa and its diaspora https://www.zeitzmocaa.museum/
CITY WALK A predetermined route through the city — starting in the Company’s Gardens, heading down St. George’s Mall to Waterkant Street’s Fan Walk, and ending in St. Andrew’s Square. https://www.capetownbig7.co.za/category/city-walk/
GROOT CONSTANTIA The oldest wine farm in South Africa offers up more than just fine wine and delicious food; at Groot Constantia, also houses a museum in the old Manor House https://www.grootconstantia.co.za
KIRSTENBOSCH Kirstenbosch is regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. The 528-hectare Kirstenbosch Estate contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa https://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
ROBBEN ISLAND MUSEUM A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Robben Island has come to symbolise the oppression of the Apartheid government. http://www.robben-island.org.za/
TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLEWAY One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain is Cape Town’s centrepiece http://www.tablemountain.net/
V&A WATERFRONT South Africa’s most-visited destination, hosting five shopping districts. www.waterfront.co.za
Conference Questions and Assistance
Should you need help or have a question on the Conference, please email the Conference Co-ordinator Heide Khuhlane at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please book your accommodation NOW at the magnificent Atlantic Ocean-facing Lagoon Beach Hotel. Please quote the following booking code to ensure that you benefit from the discounted hotel accommodation rates for WMEMC delegates: 1942535.