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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Africa Coverage: A Growing Case of Shooting the Messenger

More coverage is what we need. Not indifference by Africans who could actually make a difference.

You’ve come across this. I’m sure of it. Imagine watching an important speech about something groundbreaking and getting interrupted by an annoying comment about what the speaker is wearing instead of what he is saying. If you’re an active social media user like I am, you probably have seen what …

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A Melancholic Day : World Press Freedom in the Horn of Africa – Bumps in the Road Ahead

Press in Africa

On World Press Freedom day, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual list of the best and worst countries as it relates to press freedom. The usual suspects, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea, were singled out in a list of the 10 worst countries for censorship. Many other African countries received failing marks. Since, …

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