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The trouble with community journalism

In Alexandra Township, the work of media trainees is valuable, but not bankable. As part of the Ideas Will Travel project, I was allowed to spend some days with Siyakhona Africa in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Siyakhona is a joint CSR project by FIFA, Sony, and streetfootballworld to create communal education and providing media training to young South Africans from poor neighborhoods. The Worldcup provided a perfect kickoff opportunity for the project.... Read More

Football for Hope: FIFA goes Social Advertising

In the dark ages before facebook, “Social Advertising” meant ads for good causes. The new FIFA campaign “Football for Hope”, that is flickering on stadium advertising screens during the world cup games in South Africa, is social in this old school sense. If the world hadn’t been vuvuzelaed into catatonic stupor, some among the tv-audience might even have googled it. What they would have found is a FIFA supported effort... Read More