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September 2003



Science in Africa wins top journalism award

Highway Africa awardThe South African based Science in Africa magazine won a top award in African journalism at the Highway Africa conference in Grahamstown, South Africa, last month.

According to the organisers of this event, the Highway Africa Awards for the Innovative use of New Media in Africa have been running since 2000, and are the premier awards recognising excellence in new media in Africa.

Science in Africa magazine is a free, popular science magazine published monthly on the Internet at The magazine is read in over 90 countries by scientists and non-scientists alike and receives over 12 000 hits per day. Science in Africa has been running for three years and has become an important resource for science news and information in Africa. Anchor sponsors of the site include Merck, Sasol and SAASTA.

The magazine is run by its founders, Dr Janice Limson and Garth Cambray, both active scientists based at Rhodes University. According to Limson and Cambray, "winning this prestigious award recognizes the efforts of African scientists and journalists to bring science more understandably to the general public". 

Judges were impressed by the magazine's content, site design and fast download time. Roland Stanbridge, a journalism lecturer at the University of Stockholm, and one of the judges, said scientific research is a big problem in Africa, "because the information resides in expensive databases that the Third World cannot access".

The awards are more than a simple web-design award, they are designed to recognise creative problem-solving and innovative ideas in all areas of media and technology in Africa. Awards are given in three categories: individual/student, non-profit and corporate.

The other two awards given at the ritzy SABC Innovative Awards 2003 ceremony, which was televised live on SABC Africa from Grahamstown's Settler's Monument, went to an to an Egyptian newspaper and to an online book about the Atlantic slave trade, which bridges the gap from the traditional print medium. 

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