Interviews

August 8, 2015
As Cycling Gains Traction in Africa, When Do Women Get to Ride?: Riders from Eritrea Broke Barriers at the 2015 Tour de France. Will they pave the way for women cyclists?

As Cycling Gains Traction in Africa, When Do Women Get to Ride?: Riders from Eritrea Broke Barriers at the 2015 Tour de France. Will they pave the way for women cyclists?

Through sheer grit and determination, Eritrea’s Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus became the first black Africans to compete in the Tour de France. People watched from all corners of the world as history was made. In their home country, exhilarated crowds in cafes and streets around Asmara cheered for Daniel when he received the King... Read more »

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

A Disease Conduit: Bushmeat’s Role in 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 »