New Tech Tools Transforming Journalism

By Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 27, 2014

The digital age is transforming the face of journalism, challenging journalists to tell stories in new and innovative ways. Today audiences are being bludgeoned by tons of information resulting in limited attention spans. What this means for journalist is they have to present their stories in a manner that not only attracts but keeps attention. Continue reading

The Power Of Investigative Journalism

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 25, 2014

Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth, bringing to light hidden facts. With investigative journalism, the goals is to expose the truth through fact-based, ethical storytelling.

Abuses of power are often shrouded in secrecy. Similarly, corrupt dealings tend to operate in the dark. That’s why it takes more than just reporting but Sherlock Holmes like investigation to get to the truth of matters. Continue reading

Children’s Author, Dellaphine Chitty, On Writing Trickster Tales

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 24, 2014

Children’s author, Dellaphine Chitty’s book titled, “Bruh Beaver, Bruh Rabbit and the Man in the Moon,” which she co-authored with her daughter, Dawn, is a delightful trickster tale with origins in African American culture.


The book tells the story of  two animal characters whose power struggles eventually lead them to an intriguing location. In the story, a seemingly weak animal gains leverage by the mere use of cunning wit and strategy. Continue reading

WhatsApp: Facebook’s Hot Pick

By Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 20, 2014

In Zimbabwe, WhatsApp, the instant messaging service with a total of 450 million users around the world, is a big thing.  From facilitating business communication to cheating in relationships, the service has found its way into the digital lifestyles of many Zimbabweans who cannot afford high speed Internet.


While there are no statistics available of WhatsApp users in Zimbabwe, part of the attraction of the application for exchanging messages, photos and videos via mobile phones is its simplicity and low cost. And just to mention the name, WhatsApp, is a coup in social branding: it’s simply unforgettable. Continue reading

Redesigning Journalism in the Digital Age

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 20, 2014

Journalism in the digital age is increasingly about helping audiences filter through the gazillions of content being produced on a daily basis through high quality, interactive and engaging storytelling. Thanks to technology, journalism is being reshaped, and stories are being told with greater innovation.

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Why I’m Fed Up With Politics in Zimbabwe

By Masimba Biriwasha | Open Editorial | @ChiefKMasimba | February 20, 2014

Growing up in Zimbabwe, the country seemed like a magical place, filled with hope and possibility. There was a sense that you could be anything that you wanted, that you could work hard and turn yourself into whatever you wanted to be. That – if anything – we were a blessed people.

Granted, Zimbabwe had its fair share of problems. At Independence from British rule in 1980, the Government of Zimbabwe inherited some of the most serious socio-economic inequalities in the world in terms of income, assets and access to education, housing and healthcare. Continue reading

Google+ Google’s Golden Goose

By Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 17, 2014

Google Plus, the social networking and identity service operated by Google Inc, pales in significance compared to Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter but there’s more to it than meets the eye – all in favor of Google. Through Google+ (pronounced and sometimes written as Google Plus /ˈɡɡəl plʌs/) which has approximately 540 million monthly active users, Google harvests critical information about users’ online behavior.


According to the New York Times, though Google+, which has 29 million unique monthly users on its website and 41 million on smartphones,  is not much of a competitor to Facebook, the platform is central to Google’s future because it provides a way to understand users’ digital lives. It’s a collection basket of user data, so to speak. Continue reading

Journalists Need to Stay Apace of New Tech Tools

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 15, 2013

Journalists are increasingly under pressure to learn about new tech tools that are significantly changing the face of the practice and putting power in the hands of audiences to create content. But staying apace of emerging technologies is increasingly onerous and can be time wasting.

“The impact of journalism and technology is its changing the way people engage with information and its a challenge for journalists to learn new techniques and new tools to communicate information,” said Professor Ron Yaros, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Continue reading

It’s Mobility, Not Mobile

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 09, 2013

Mobile devices are reinventing the content industry.  As more users get their information on a small screen, the jury is out on how to create and distribute content.

Suffice to say that finding out how audiences consume information on mobile devices is a key first step in establishing ways to deliver information via the medium more effectively. I think what matters is the mobility experience rather than the device itself. And for content creators, the challenge is how to make that experience worthwhile via the content that we create. Continue reading

A Nightout With Afropolitans

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 13, 2014

On a recent Friday, I joined a group of so-called Afropolitans in Washington DC, curious to find out who exactly identified as Afropolitan. I also secretly wanted to find out whether I fit the bill. The gathering was at Rosebar, a Bhuddhist-themed nightclub in the heart of DC, a highly cosmopolitan city. I am aware that labels such as Afropolitan evoke images, fantasies and archetypes which can all be either limiting or liberating but that did not deter my curiosity.

Earlier that week I had responded affirmatively to a call that the organizers put up on, an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. That in itself is telling: Afropolitans are supposed to be a tech savvy, hyper-connected, internationally mobile lot, at least in my conceptualization. Continue reading