Saturday, 2 March 2013

Narratives of Africa - Africa Telling its Own Story: Link

Simon Allison has a great piece up on Good Governance Africa about reporting about Africa. He speaks as a journalist in Africa and identifies some of the reasons why Africa isn't telling its own story. Also some refreshingly practical options to fix the problem, like an Africa desk in national media outlets that can, even if there isn't money to have someone on the ground, edit, localise and understand the stories coming from local media in African country x, rather than simply reprinting AFP or Reuters wire stories. Apart from international stories about the continent, I'd like to suggest that proper coverage of African news by African media might help Africa to understand itself as a region or continent and begin to act accordingly.

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