Wits Radio Academy will be presenting the Radio Days Africa 2021 conference, starting on 5 July and taking place over 10 days, under the theme “audio amplified”.

The conference is presented annually by the Wits Radio Academy, under the auspices of the Department of Journalism of the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa.

The conference will comprise 20 unique online sessions, with two sessions daily at 10h00 and 14h00 SAST, GMT+2.

According to the conference’s website, “Radio Days Africa aims to stimulate learning, engagement, conversation and thinking around the various aspects of the radio business, in an African context. As a partner event to Radio Days Europe, Radio Days Africa also gains insight into international trends”.

Last year, the first digital version of Radio Days Africa attracted 4 000 attendees to the 20 sessions, and featured more than 60 speakers. This year’s conference is the 12th and the second to take place virtually, reads the announcement on the event’s website.

“With the rapidly changing face of media platforms, audio creation and consumption enjoying renewed attention, the theme for Radio Days 2021 is ‘Audio Amplified’. Under this banner, the conference will focus on the growth of audio consumption in a multi-platform environment.”

Other topics that will be discussed include Covid-19, public broadcasting, future opportunities and current challenges, particularly in research and revenue.

The programme also features Fire Side conversations with influential radio personalities and knowledge sharing from across the continent through sessions such as Ask the Programme Manager, Podcasting 101 Master Class, 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes, Creating a Brand Story Using Audio and more.

This year also sees the first Swahili exclusive session with Washa Redio, which will explore radio as a mass-market medium for the more than 50 million Swahili speakers in Africa along with thoughts, ideas and innovations from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda’s Swahili language stations.

Confirmed sessions include:

  • Voice over master class
  • Artificial intelligence in audio
  • State of podcasting in Africa
  • Fire side sessions with influential South Africa radio practitioners
  • Creative audio, ideas to execution
  • Music scheduling in the streaming era
  • Radio journalism under fire (radio in conflict areas)
  • Big data, small budgets, the changing face of research
  • The art and science of effective storytelling.

To access the full programme and to register, click here.