South African newspaper the Mail & Guardian (M&G) has launched an African digital news platform which the aim of delivering news and information to those within and outside the continent via mobile.
The online portal went live on May 1, while the M&G head office in Nairobi, Kenya will open on Tuesday May 20.
“Mail & Guardian Africa has taken the bold step to report Africa by telling why things do or do not happen, using an evidence-based, non-dogmatic and analytical approach and exploring the new opportunities that technology, social media and crowdsourcing tools offer to do that in new ways,” said Mail and Guardian Africa editor Charles Onyango-Obbo.
The newspaper said it aims to be the leading and most important contemporary voice on African issues, providing news analysis, insight, commentary and investigative journalism.
“The aim is to focus on delivering quality African news and information via mobile to, primarily, 30-40 year-old audiences with a college education in both Africa and outside the continent. Mail & Guardian Africa will offer a non-paternalistic, intelligent, and enlightened view of developments on the continent without feeling duty-bound to talk up the “Africa Rising” narrative, or to be stuck in cynicism and a refusal to see progress either. The objective is to make M&G Africa the most trusted and diverse source of news on Africa,” said Onyango-Obbo.