Digital Journalism: The Democratization of Information, TEDx Talk by Bilkisu Labaran


Bilkisu Labaran, a veteran journalist with the renowned BBC, promoter of all things African including UKAPES supporter and moderator,  talks on the transformation in the world of media and what must be done to adapt to the constant changes. Bilkisu is an Editor at the BBC World Service in London. Her previous role included the Editorial Lead to establish 3 new BBC language services – Pidgin, Yoruba and Igbo. She is also the pioneer editor of the BBC bureau in Abuja. She has had an illustrious career as a highly accomplished international multimedia journalist, working in radio, on TV and online. She played a key role in launching the popular Focus on Africa TV programme. Bilkisu has worked in various roles in journalism including a presenter interviewing several high profile personalities including presidents and prime ministers. Bilkisu is widely travelled across Africa and globally. She has covered major global events for the BBC including the 2008 US Obama elections, Hong Kong handover to China; the Beijing Women’s conference and the lead up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. She holds a Master’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and has won several awards for academic excellence.

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One thought on “Digital Journalism: The Democratization of Information, TEDx Talk by Bilkisu Labaran

  1. I’m so thankful to the acclaimed Journalist, Bilkisu Labaran for sharing such an intriguing presentation on the democratization of Information.
    Although information is widely available and accessible to many people in various countries via internet, social media, radio, BBC news, etc, but there are still many people who are lagging behind as they cannot afford to buy a computer or a smart phone to access information online.
    In the UK, before the lockdown, people without a computer at home could still access a computer from their local library to send emails, print or access the social media such as Facebook, etc unlike in developing countries.
    However, I am more concerned about those who have no where to turn to with a public services! Hence, what can we do as a country to enable the less privileged to access the information online, especially those with receptive and productive skills in the society such as Nigeria?

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