I’m delighted that the folks at the great Highway Africa conference asked me to be a keynote speaker next month. I’m very much looking forward to returning to Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, to see old friends and meet people who are helping to transform media and journalism.

This will be my fourth time at the conference. The last time was in 2010, when the conference coincided with the World Cup. My first time was in 2001; I was in a car, heading back to the airport in Port Elizabeth, when we got a call from one of the passengers’ colleagues, telling him that an airplane had just crashed into the World Trade Center in New York.