WikiIndaba conference 2019/Submissions/How can journalists leverage on Wikinews to ensure positive reportage about Africa

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Submission no. 017
Title of the submission
How can journalists leverage on Wikinews to ensure positive reportage about Africa
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

Raphael Berchie

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Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Open Foundation West Africa

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Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

News and media reportage about Africa has always been subject by the journalistic policies of international media organizations. In view of this news about Africa has always been that of a continent with wars, famine and poverty. However, there are other equally good initiatives or news happening around Africa but never get reported.

Wikipedia has a lot of sister projects which are all free and globally accessible. One of these is Wiki News which receives less attention and incidentally has a few African contributors. This presentation will seek to introduce Wiki News as a project to Africans that can be used to address this systematic bias when it comes to media reportage about Africa. This is to whip the interest in experience editors to either look into contributing African news to Wiki News or training journalists in their respective countries to contribute African news on Wiki News.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will learn about the media bias against Africa by global media hubs and how this can be addressed with Wiki News. Attendees will also learn get some exposure about Wiki News which is a lesser none sister project of WMF.

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Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)

40 minutes

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