Disease and Wildlife: Can African Reports Offer More?

By Sarah Crozier on April 19, 2015

CBS News

Correspondent Lara Logan from the 60 Minutes Ebola Report

CBS’s 60 Minutes has an “African problem.” After being lambasted three weeks ago in a public letter to the organization, penned by Columbia School of Journalism professor and former New York Times reporter Howard French and signed by over 150 other journalists and professors, CBS is struggling to defend its coverage of the Ebola outbreak.

The letter criticizes 60 Minutes Correspondent Lara Logan’s report saying, “In that broadcast, Africans were reduced to the role of silent victims.”

The basis of the complaint is Logan’s piece. In reporting on Liberian Ebola victims, she never actually interviews them or their national counterparts in the health field.…

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BBC Boost Signals a Media Shift on Africa

By Sarah Ford on April 16, 2015

BBC News

BBC Africa Live’s streaming page

Western media organizations and U.S. “legacy” media, including well-known names such as The Washington Post and New York Times have a well-documented ongoing contraction of resources, particularly in international reporting, as the industry of journalism and media continues to undergo drastic changes.

This has meant a changing  resource distribution, often leaving Africa with a shortage of reporters and coverage in comparison to the Middle East and Europe.

But there seems to be an awakening within Western media towards the news value of Africa as more than just a continent of civil strife and Ebola.…

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Freedom of the Press Alive and Well in Kenya

By Andrew Katarikawe on April 5, 2012

In January Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki suspended Kenyan Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza and appointed a tribunal to investigate her conduct in an incident that occurred on December 31, 2011.

According to a story that first appeared under the headline “Deputy CJ in Gun Drama” in Kenyan newspaper The Star on January 4, 2012, the DCJ went to the upscale Village Market Mall in Gigiri, Nairobi, and walked past the mall entrance security checkpoint where other mall customers were waiting in a queue to be searched.

Security guard Rebecca Morara Kerubo, who told The Star that she did not recognize the DCJ, followed the DCJ and told her she had to undergo the routine mandatory search.…

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Ad revenue for Jet, Ebony on decline…

By George Bamu on March 16, 2010

News Media 2010; ad revenue for African American magazines fell 21.8% to 252 million in 2009, reported 6.5% decline for Jet and 10% decline for Ebony. Read PEW’s State of the News Media for more.

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Pew Study: How News Happens

By George Bamu on February 26, 2010

Here is an interesting read:

A Study of the News Ecosystem of One American City

“a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which takes a close look at the news ecosystem of one city suggests that while the news landscape has rapidly expanded, most of what the public learns is still overwhelmingly driven by traditional media—particularly newspapers.”

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Mobile Phones transforming Africa

By George Bamu on September 29, 2009


Photo:The Economist
The September edition of The Economist carried the following story which I think is fascinating to read.

Mobile phones have transformed lives in the poor world. Mobile money could have just as big an impact
ONCE the toys of rich yuppies, mobile phones have evolved in a few short years to become tools of economic empowerment for the world’s poorest people.

These phones compensate for inadequate infrastructure, such as bad roads and slow postal services, allowing information to move more freely, making markets more efficient and unleashing entrepreneurship. All this has a direct impact on economic growth: an extra ten phones per 100 people in a typical developing country boosts GDP growth by 0.8 percentage points, according to the World Bank.…

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We live in perilous times, Africa included

By George Bamu on February 26, 2009

The Rocky Mountain News to publish final edition on Friday, according to The Denver Post.

As if we have not already had enough of this trend, the announcement Thursday that the Rocky Mountain News will publish its final edition Friday did not come as a complete shock. At least, some of us thought the Rocky would find a buyer. But still, this news may be a shock to those who still live in caves and have no idea about the revolutionary changes occurring around them.

In an article written by Steve Raabe and posted on its website, The Denver Post thinks the News has become “the latest casualty in an industry stricken by a spiraling decline in newspaper economics.”

If we are going to blame the internet for choking off the newspaper business, where do we look for solace now that change is here?…

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Are we really all journalists now?

By George Bamu on November 13, 2007


At the last Colorado Association of Black Journalists meeting, the subject of journalism and the law came up and I talked about a new book by Scott Gant titled “We’re All Journalists Now.”

The sub title is “The Transformation of the Press and Reshaping of the Law in the Internet Age.”

If you are a journalist, intend to become one and juggling various tasks, some of which involve journalism, this is a good book to check out. That said, the underlying theme that Gant, a Washington D.C. attorney, explores is the question of whether everyone, from citizen journalists to bloggers, is now or should be considered a journalist.…

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CABJ Embracing New Media

By George Bamu on August 13, 2007

Africa Agenda

Students line up to receive scholarships from CABJ

The 2007 Annual Banquet of the Colorado Association of Black Journalists(CABJ)  took place August 3 at the Denver Mariott City Center. The event featured journalists and media professionals all over Colorado.

The theme for the 2007 event was Embracing New Media.

Awards were presented to journalists in various categories, including Broadcast, Public Relations and Print media.

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Adam Dempsey of Lincoln Financial Media being presented with a CABJ award

This year, the highlight was the presentation of a Health Journalism Award sponsored by Kaiser Permenente. The award went to Adam Dempsey of Lincoln Financial Media.…

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