Thursday, October 01, 2015

Featured Member for the Month of October: Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza

LwaziLwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza is professionally trained journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa with vast experience in print and broadcast media.

Having Studied Performing Arts at the Arts and Media Access Center in 2006 as well as Film Making and Television Productions at the Century Film School in 2009, Lwazi has garnered extensive work experience as a Film, Radio, Television content producer, online media manager, Voice Over artist and a Performing artist. He has a proven and an outstanding broadcasting experience that spans about 10 years; holding roles such as Media Manager, CTV Production coordinator, TV Reporter for Design Indaba, South African correspondent for AV Web TV among others.

Being multi-skilled has meant that Lwazi’ has indeed, practically, applied himself to all the facets of media work. In Radio, he has worked with Radio Zibonele and Radio Kaap se Punt. His international broadcasting work experience include, France 2's Freelance field, Switzerland TV, and African Voices Web TV and has been involved as a production assistance in Stokvel and Shooting Stars all in South Africa. In Print media, he has written for Ibhola Labantu, Transformation South Africa, Carob Magazine and Spotlight News.

Lwazi has an excellent writing and verbal communication skills, and is the co-author of the book titled Ayee (ISBN 9780796921796).

As a dreamer with a vision to help drive the African continent forward, Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza currently has a registered foundation in his name; the Lwazi Nyanakancesh Nongauza Foundation which has set before it a mission to tackle the challenge of access to institutions of higher learning for physically challenged people by facilitating tertiary study financial assistance strictly for deserving physically challenged people from poor backgrounds in South Africa.

With an equally impressive stretch of experience in online media activities that include major stints with Mzansi Post, SME South Africa, Africa News Byte, Ease Magazine, TO Africa News and Football 24, Lwazi and his foundation is set to soon launch a new online youth lifestyle publication called Dream Afrika to serve as an inspirational source and hub for academic excellence; providing content that focuses on African youth leadership, African Innovation, African Entrepreneurial excellence and African education strides etc.

Dream Afrika is one of Lwazi’s contribution to providing hope and empowerment to the African youth.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Penplusbytes New Publication: Data Journalism in Ghana

The concept of data journalism and the interactions that facilitate this is explained in Penplusbytes’ new publication titled Data Journalism in Ghana. This paper ( asserts that Data Journalism is very much in its infant stages in Ghana particularly and Africa in general, though the practice is gaining significant grounds among practitioners over the last few years.

Having committed to building the capacity of journalists to tell more impactful stories through new digital tools and skills, Penplusbytes, through this paper, aims to explore the character of data journalism practice first within the Africa landscape and then in Ghana’s journalism sphere; advancing the need for Journalists and the media to take up and build these skills for effective news production and dissemination.

Data Journalism in Ghana article focuses on data journalism as an essential field needing critical attention by the Ghanaian media in order to enhance accuracy and professionalism in their field of work, detailing the current stage of this field and its huge prospects for news rooms.

The paper examines the stand-out characteristic of data journalism compared to the rest of journalism and reveals a distinction with traditional (other) journalism. It covers, also, the Relevance of Data Journalism within Ghana’s media landscape and takes a much holistic view of it in Africa.

According to the paper, published in September, 2015 and available online for download, not only is data journalism becoming another way to report a story; in a way, it is becoming the industry standard. It explains further that with data journalism practice comes new possibilities for ‘big news’ to happen; combining the traditional news, information search and the ability to tell compelling stories.
“Unlike Traditional media or journalism, data journalism begins in one of two ways; either you have a question that needs data, or a dataset that needs questioning. Whichever it is, the compilation of data is what defines it as an act of data journalism,” reads a portion of the republication.
Globally, it has indeed become evident that not only is data journalism evolving but as it does, so is journalism too. The Publication seeks to establish what this exciting new status of data journalism means for Ghana and her vibrant and largely “free press.”

Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in three key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, and driving oversight for effective utilisation of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources.