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Journalism Program Hosts Conversation
on African News Coverage in U.S. Media

BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (3/26/03)—Black Hole: The U.S. Press and Africa, a panel discussion examining the dearth of news coverage on African issues in American media, is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 31 in the Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25th Street. The event begins at 6:00 PM and is free, open to the public and includes a question-and-answer portion following the discussion.

Sponsored by the Baruch College Master's Program in Business Journalism and featuring Rhodes University professor Nixon Kariithi, the event brings together leading reporters and academics that have worked on the continent. Participants will discuss the possible reasons behind the superficial coverage of African news, and propose new strategies for developing well-rounded reporting on the continent’s affairs.

Panelists include Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, an associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College who has written extensively on African politics and women’s issues; Les Payne, an associate managing editor at Newsday and founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); Bill Berkeley, author of The Graves Are Not Yet Full: Race, Tribe and Power in the Heart of Africa, and a reporter at the New York Times; and Peter Kareithi, assistant professor of humanities and communication at Penn State Capital College in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a long-time reporter in Kenya.

Kariithi, a visiting professor in the business journalism program this spring, is the Pearson Professor of Economics Journalism at Rhodes University in South Africa. His research projects include an investigation of former President F.W. de Klerk’s transition to full democracy in South Africa, as well as a study of ownership in the country’s broadcast industry.


Olayinka Fadahunsi
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