How Not to Write About Africa

How Not to Write About Africa

How NGOs, "fixers," and lax ethics rules are skewering our understanding of Africa...

By most accounts, the American media don't do a very good job covering Africa. Headlines tend to be dominated by violence and political intrigue. The few American journalists reporting on the continent have massive beats, spanning dozens of countries and thousands of miles. But coverage is also influenced by subtler, more insidious factors. We explore how development organizations, local "fixers," and the economics of newsgathering skewer our understanding of the continent.

Guests

Laura Seay

Assistant Professor, Political Science, Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.)

Akwe Amosu

Director of Africa Advocacy, Open Society Foundations; former Executive Director, AllAfrica.com

Hamadou Tidiane SY

Founder and CEO, Ouestaf.com

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