Creativity and diversity lead the charge into the post-lockdown world

We kick-off a week fuelled by industry creativity and diversity today, as tomorrow’s Digital Innovators’ Summit (DIS) session features the world’s first pureplay TikTok agency and Thursday brings the unveiling of the latest set of BBC 5050 Project results. We’ve also got Twitter in Ghana, influencers in Dubai, and a journey back to the 1930s for a look at how magazines were first transformed into high art! So grab your Monday morning coffee, and join us for the most innovative informative in media today… 

BBC 5050 Project to release results of latest study: This week will also see the unveiling of the latest set of BBC 5050 Project data, which monitors the representation of women within the company’s editorial conversations. In October 2020, the initiative was expanded to include disability and ethnicity monitoring, and this year for the first time the report will also provide results from the BBC’s partner organisations, in addition to the 650+ teams taking part internally.

Twitter in Africa: Hopping across the Mediterranean from Europe to Africa, and Twitter last week announced that it is establishing a presence on the continent, with Ghana being the chosen point of entry.

Influencers in Dubai: Those who have experienced a flurry of influencer activity emanating from Dubai on their Instagram timelines in recent months could be forgiven for thinking that this is a purely lockdown-inspired trend, brought about by the country’s more open approach to the coronavirus pandemic. But the United Arab Emirates city, with its serene social media backdrop of skyscrapers and sunlit beaches, has longsince been a desired destination of the image-conscious influencer.

How Magazines Became High Art in the 1930s: From one insightful piece of industry writing to another, as art, culture, and entertainment journalist, Nadja Sayej, writes for Forbes on how an exhibition now at the Jewish Museum in New York City shows how photography changed magazines both pre-and postwar in America.

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