In our Throwback Thursday series, we take a look at what the key figures in media were saying in the past, based on the Journalism.co.uk archive, and how those issues can be related to the current challenges and opportunities that dominate the conversation about the digital media landscape.

As well as understanding what the current trends mean for the media industry today, it’s important to remember what subjects dominated conversations a few years ago and how those projects or ideas stood the test of time.

Read the first four parts of the series here. Today, we are going back to August 2010, to find out more about business media in Africa, making it work as a refugee journalist in the UK, and news brands offering technology services.

'Euphoria, anxiety, stress, happiness, anxiety...'

In August 2010, Charles Atangana, economics and current affairs journalist, was fighting for his right to stay in the United Kingdom after his asylum seeker application was refused. He fled Cameroon in 2004 after receiving threats relating to his work.

Journalism.co.uk met Atangana as an NUJ campaign was underway, focused on helping him prepare for a hearing, and he explained more about the process he had to go through.

He won the fight against deportation in 2011, and in 2014, when he worked for the Scottish Council and the Community Information Source, he commended the Guardian’s approach to covering refugee issues in a short interview.


Journalism.co.uk has covered a number of projects that help refugee journalists integrate into the media circles in their areas.

For example in Germany, Journalists in Exile has been working to offer training and mentoring to refugee journalists, who are often used as stringers but rarely quoted as co-authors or paid for their work.

In the UK, a programme called The Refugee Journalism Project has been working to offer training and work experience to reporters now based in the United Kingdom.

Covering African business news

"Where the US and European media is struggling to cope with declining sales of magazines and newspapers, they're actually doing well in Africa. It makes it an exciting space to be working in."

In 2010, Gemma Ware worked as assistant editor at The Africa Report, a bi-monthly magazine and website offering business news from Africa in English.

In a Q&A with Journalism.co.uk, she outlined some of the misconceptions people have about African business and she gave insights into the ways Africa Report managed its web presence and network of journalists based in different parts of the continent.

"I'd say the majority of our web readers are in the diaspora, but our aim is to tap into the exploding number of Africans with access to the internet to get them to engage with our content online."

Ware now works for The Conversation.

The New York Times launched a business for commercial app development…

… and Telegraph Media Group was one of its first clients.

The NYT’s Press Engine was launched to produce digital media products, such as apps for iPad or iPhones, for other publishers.

In a release at the time of the launch, Edward Roussel, then digital editor at Telegraph Media Group, said: "The pace of change in digital technology means that media companies will increasingly be looking at ways of collaborating in order to create world-class consumer experiences."

Roussel is now chief innovation officer at Dow Jones.

The NYT is not the only legacy newspaper brand who has made a jump into offering technology services to others. The Washington Post, after building a new content management system and complementary tools for its own journalists, is licensing its publishing solution (Arc) to others as well.

See you next week for more Throwback Thursday! Do you remember any predictions that never came to pass, or any quotes that were spot on from 'back in the day'? Tweet us at @journalismnews.

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