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Reporting Africa : Reaching beyond the Dark Continent?



From the Ebola outbreak to the trial of Oscar Pistorius and #bringbackourgirls, news events in Africa capture the global imagination. This event brings together award winning journalists and leading researchers to discuss the international news coverage of Africa. Why do some events receive coverage while others are neglected? and what are the political and economic realities of working as a correspondent in Africa?  Our panel includes:  

Andrew Harding Former BBC Africa Correspondent and author of The Mayor of Mogadishu Andrew has covered wars in Congo, Somalia, Liberia, Darfur and beyond. His journalism has won an Emmy, an award from Britain’s Foreign Press Association, and many other prizes.

Suzanne Franks is Head of the Department and Professor of Journalism at City, University of London. She is a former BBC TV current affairs journalist and has made several films about Africa. Her recent publications include Reporting Disasters: Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media (2013).

Dan McDougall Former Africa Correspondent for The Sunday Times of London, Dan has reported from over 90 countries and war zones. He has won three Amnesty International UK Media Awards for outstanding human rights journalism, and was voted the British Foreign Journalist of the Year at the 2009 British Press Awards.

Mel Bunce is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at City. A former journalist, Mel was awarded her PhD from Oxford University for research on foreign correspondents on Africa. She has done fieldwork looking at journalists in Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Senegal and Nigeria.

Michela Wrong, a former reporter for Reuters, the BBC World Service, and the Financial Times, is the author of three non-fiction books on Africa. Her first novel, "Borderlines", was published this summer and is set in the Horn of Africa. She writes regularly for the Foreign Policy and Spectator magazines.

Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar is a Lecturer in Journalism at City. He previously The Mayor of Mogadishuworked for the BBC World Service in Nigeria, and a range of Nigerian newspapers. Abdullahi has written on media, culture and public diplomacy and was awarded his PhD from the University of Westminster in London.

Panel discussion runs from 6-7pm, followed by a wine reception and the opportunity to meet the authors and buy the The Mayor of Mogadishu by Andrew Harding, and Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century edited by Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks and Chris Paterson.

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6.00pm - 9.00pmWednesday 2nd November 2016

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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