The inaugural edition of the Digital Media Africa conference and Awards is billed to hold in Johannesburg, South Africa later this year.

As Africa joins World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media series of regional events, digital media executives will converge in Johannesburg between September 28, 2016 and September 30, 2016 to debate issues facing digital publishers in and outside Africa.

In a statement by the organisers, the event will be built around four main themes that include Reader revenue, Distributed content, Metrics & KPIs and Millennials & Generation Z.

Speaking on the event, the CEO of WAN-IFRA, Vincent Peyrègne said, “Innovation has no boundaries, and our members and colleagues in Africa are a true testament to that with their inspiring mobile initiatives.”

Speaking further, Peyrègne said ‘There is so much to be learned from their example and to share with the rest of the world. It’s an incredibly exciting time there for publishing, and I am certain that same excitement will be on display at DM Africa.’

Based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with subsidiaries in Mexico, Singapore and India, with existence of more than 20 years, the WAN-IFRA has also called for entires for awards for the Digital Media Africa Awards.

Billed to honour individuals and news publishing companies that have created ground-breaking digital products that engage readers while increasing their online business, the awards have categories that include Best News Website, Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Website, Best Use of Online Video, Best Data Visualisation Project, Best News Mobile Service, Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Mobile Service, Best in Tablet Publishing, Best Reader Engagement, Best Digital Advertising Campaign and Best New Product.

Winners of the categories will be honoured at the Digital Media Africa Awards reception, to be held in Johannesburg during the DM Africa conference.

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