African Journalists Discuss the Challenges and Future of Journalism in their Countries

Journalists from 12 African Countries, Casey Frechette,  visiting assistant professor at the journalism and media studies department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Earlier this month, I was able to meet African journalists from twelve countries who came to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies through the Edward R. Murrow Program for journalists. The program is funded by the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The …

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At Tampa Bay Gardens, Refugees Gain Dignity Through Work

Over the past couple of months, I have been following refugee resettlement efforts in the Tampa Bay area. I’ve been able to meet different resettlement agents from churches, governmental organizations and other groups working together to help those who have fled their home countries for one reason or another. This video is part one of a three part series I …

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If Africans had a Vote, Obama would Win in a Landslide

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The final days of the campaign for the 2012 elections are upon us. Speculation by pundits, a barrage of polls and heated political discussions dominate the media in America. In this spirit, a panel of professors from around the world gathered at an event hosted by USF World and co-sponsored …

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Mali’s Coup: Mutiny Within a Blink of an Eye Or A Ticking Time Bomb?

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In the past two months, West Africa has witnessed an unprecedented security threat as several governments were caught in the grips of coups or attempted coups. As Guinea-Bissau soldiers arrest the nation’s Prime minister over a suspected coup, Mali’s new interim civilian president got sworn into office last Thursday, after a 27 days …

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Training Workshop on Ethics and Professionalism

Ethics and Professionalism

In collaboration with World Partnerships, Inc., Africa Talks founder, Salem Solomon, held a 90 minute seminar on Sept. 2 for eight international visitors from Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe for an “Ethics and Professionalism” Program through the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. World Partnerships is a non-for-profit organization whose mission is facilitating educational, …

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A Disease Conduit: Bushmeat’s Role in Spreading Epidemics

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“Seven Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them” by Dr. Mark Walters  Dr. Mark Walters is a professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He is the director of the M.A. program in Digital Journalism and Design and the author of five books including “Seven …

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Education as a Potent Weapon: Unleashing the Power of Girls

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Power comes in many shapes and forms so it’s refreshing to hear stories that are too often overlooked. Stories about what the grit and determination of young girls is capable of producing. Girls rejecting child marriage, servitude within patriarchal societies and refusing to let the circumstances they were born into …

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What are the Real Drivers of Conflict in Some Parts of Africa? Dr. Edward Kissi Explains  

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From inter-religious violence in the Central African Republic which has been labeled as a “pre-genocide,” to inter-ethnic violence in South Sudan claiming thousands of lives and displacing over a million from the newest country of the world, various regions in Africa are enduring disastrous conflicts. Politicians, scholars and other experts are grappling with …

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Making Changes in Small Increments On April 14, 2011, I attended an event at Jesse Auditorium at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, where Maya Angelou was the featured speaker. I found this video among my old files and I have decided to share it despite the poor quality and …

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