AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

JOURNALISM

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Actual questions from a South African journalist

“Mandela was a terrorist, yet he became an hero and international icon. Do you think the media and the way they portrayed him had something to do with this?… Why would the media choose to see the good in what he has done rather than focus on the bad?” Sometimes you have to despair at

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The Western Journalist in Africa

In 1982, as the air force-led coup attempt in Kenya unfolded, we sat glued to our transistor radio listening to the BBC and Voice of America (VOA). In fact, the more the oppressive the Moi regime censored...

Monday, December 31st, 2012

2012′s SMH (also known as “Africa is a Country”) Moments

There are times we shake our heads or roll our eyes. When we could not invent some of the things that we spot in the media. For some reason especially New York Times journalists can’t help themselves...

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

The Representation of Ghana

In early April CNN‘s website posted a video report on internet fraud in Ghana by its media partners, hipster producers Vice. The program focused on “Sakawa,” a form of internet scamming popular in Ghana, similar to the...

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Journalism

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY / HOWARD FRENCH

French, now associate professor of journalism at Columbia University was for many years West Africa correspondent for The New York Times. He wrote an excellent book “A Continent for the Taking” based on his time there and...

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