Interviews

August 25, 2014
A Disease Conduit: Bushmeat’s Rolein Spreading Epidemics

A Disease Conduit: Bushmeat’s Rolein Spreading Epidemics

In this video interview, Dr. Mark Walters, a professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, discusses his experiences in Gabon while conducting research through Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.

April 23, 2014
Examining the roots of biased reporting on Africa: Insensitive ReportingWriting betrays the notionof subjects as subhumanCreating Distance from Subjects 

Examining the roots of biased reporting on Africa: Insensitive ReportingWriting betrays the notionof subjects as subhumanCreating Distance from Subjects 

The cover of the venerable weekly magazine, the Economist in May 2000 said it all. Inside the outline of the continent of Africa, the magazine showed a photo of a young soldier with a rocket launcher slung over his shoulder. Above it was the headline, “The hopeless continent.” This example, though extreme, is not unusual... Read more »

Dec. 3, 2013
Saudi Arabia’s Abuse of Ethiopian Workers: Tampa Bay Ethiopian CommunityHolds Candle Light Vigil for Victims of Abuse in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Abuse of Ethiopian Workers: Tampa Bay Ethiopian CommunityHolds Candle Light Vigil for Victims of Abuse in Saudi Arabia

This Summer Saudi Arabia announced plans to “regularize residency and employment status” of foreign workers in the country. This euphemistic language was a warning to the thousands of undocumented workers that they had from July 3 to November 4 to get documentation or get out. The move was reportedly made in response to Saudi Arabia’s 13 percent... Read more »

November 29, 2013
African Journalists Discuss the Challenges and Future of Journalism in their Countries

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

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 journalists were from Botswana, Kenya,... Read more »

November 25, 2013
At Tampa Bay Gardens, Refugees Gain Dignity Through Work

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. The report below is about a garden for refugees in the Tampa Bay... Read more »

June 20, 2013
The United Nation’s Role in Africa

The United Nation’s Role in Africa

Shortly after Kieran Dwyer, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, gave a presentation about U.N. peacekeeping missions (watch video below), he said that the mission also receives “bad press” for some of its work in Africa. The phrase jumped out at me. Bad press is what happens when a Hollywood movie flops. In Africa,... Read more »