If It Bleeds, It Leads: A Journalistic Maxim Holding True for Ebola Story

By George Bamu on September 17, 2014

WHO plastic buckets for hand washing in

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WHO plastic buckets for hand washing in Guinea


There is a cliché in the news business which says, ‘if it bleeds, it leads.’ Its a reporters’ frame of mind when dealing with big news stories and events of the moment.

By this maxim, there is a tendency for crises, disaster-like events to garner much attention to the detriment of everything else. So, we have seen how much resources, money and personnel, media organizations have poured on the Ebola coverage. To a certain extend, this is good news. We need to know what is happening so everyone is prepared.…

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Op-ed: Dams will not solve all Africa’s energy problems

By Africa Agenda on September 9, 2014

POWER ON: A surge of water signals that President Jacob Zuma has opened the control valves during the opening ceremony of the De Hoop Dam, near Steelpoort in Limpopo in March. Picture: GCIS

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POWER ON: A surge of water signals that President Jacob Zuma has opened the control valves during the opening ceremony of the De Hoop Dam, near Steelpoort in Limpopo in March. Picture: GCIS


This op-ed was shared by Peter Bosshard of International Rivers with our friends at the Global Green Grants. While sharing, Peter stated:

‘Today Sweden’s King Carl Gustav awarded the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize to John Briscoe, a long-time water manager at the World Bank and the most passionate promoter of large dams in the past two decades. Please find below an opinion piece by our Africa director Rudo Sanyanga in response to the prize.…

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CPR news story: Why Colorado’s Africans are a rising political force

By Africa Agenda on September 2, 2014

A deacon carries a cross during a celebration at Saint Mary's Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Aurora. Ethiopians make up the largest single nationality in Colorado's African community. Many settled in the state decades ago and say that as they've put down roots and raised children here, they've become increasingly politically involved - See more at: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/why-colorados-africans-are-rising-political-force#.dpuf

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A deacon carries a cross during a celebration at Saint Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Aurora. Ethiopians make up the largest single nationality in Colorado’s African community. Many settled in the state decades ago and say that as they’ve put down roots and raised children here, they’ve become increasingly politically involved


On Tuesday, September 2, Colorado Public Radio (CPR), a National Public Radio(NPR) affiliate in Denver, broadcast a news story about the African immigrant community in Colorado. We thought it was interesting and like for you to check it out. The story includes talk about immigration, African business, the November elections etc.…

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Cameroon and Nigeria: Building ties through a thriving film industry

By Ali Pechu on August 28, 2014

Cameroon Producer Agbor Gilbert and Nollywood Actresses in 2012

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Cameroon Producer Agbor Gilbert, with Nollywood Actresses in 2012


The movie industry in Africa is fast-growing.

As cooperation between African nations increase, two neighbors, Cameroon and Nigeria, are improving their relationship through a thriving film industry in both countries.

There is especially increased interest in the so-called Nollywood movies that Africans love. This phenomenon–is bringing the two friendly counties to the table of cooperation.

According to Cameroon’s minister of Arts and Culture, Ama Tutu Muna, this collaboration will expose Cameroonian film industry talents to the world, and build the capacities of the Cameroonian film makers.

The minister stated, “this is an opening that illustrates that Africa is one, and that experience ought to be shared in order to contribute to sustainable development in Africa.…

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CABJ preparing next generation of journalists

By George Bamu on August 11, 2014

Justin Adams of KMGH TV, Denver. CABJ Broadcast Journalist

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Justin Adams of KMGH TV, Denver. CABJ Broadcast Journalist of the Year


As a tradition for 27 years now, the Colorado Association of Black Journalists (CABJ), the local affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), held its annual media and scholarship banquet on Friday August 8 in Denver. The event brought together members of the media and the community for what was a show of the young and emerging talent that the organization is preparing for the future.

While commending the nominees and award recipients for a job well done, association president, Gloria Neal reflected on what CABJ has accomplished over the years.…

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Rwanda on the rise, thanks in part to the work of local cooperatives

By Diana Aqra on August 10, 2014

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Twenty years after the infamous 1994 genocide, the African nation of Rwanda appears to be a reformed country – one built on the ideals of strong governmental accountability, social justice and grassroots organization.

There are now more than 6000 registered social or industrial cooperatives in Rwanda, many of which are in the business of agriculture, according to the Rwandan Cooperative Agency, the agency responsible for registering and ensuring compliance of cooperatives in Rwanda.

These cooperatives make up more than 2.5 million people, or roughly 22 percent of the country’s entire population, according to Adolph Kajangwe, a native of Rwanda, now working and living in Boulder, Colorado.…

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