World Press Freedom Day

Focus on African coverage

To celebrate the 23rd World Press Freedom Day, CCA will co-host a community discussion May 8 from 5-7 p.m. about the important role of news in the promotion of growth and development in Africa.

The event is free and open to the public at the Fine Arts Forum on CCA's CentreTech campus.

A panel discussion is expected to bring together local journalists, bloggers, professors, and community leaders to seek answers and solutions to the marginalization of African news in the media today.The event is organized by African Agenda and designed to build links with the media and education community in Colorado and expand opportunities for engagement and understanding.

Speakers are scheduled to include: Douglas Cosper, Journalism Development Consultant; Jeanie Stokes, freelance journalist; Papa Dia, president of the African Leadership Group; Isabella Muturi-Sauve, publisher of Metro African; and Will Jones, former TV news personality, as moderator. states that coverage of the African continent constitutes only about 5.6 percent of international news produced by US news media. And according to a 2010 study about Foreign News and Public Opinion, this 5.6 percent offers for its audience little depth in the portrayal of the continent.

While the African continent is experiencing economic growth, democratic change and a massive social transformation, so-called news ‘out of Africa’ continues to be dominated by stories of war and disease. But emerging news from many African nations could become a tool for African empowerment, encouraging education, business, travel and investment in the continent. To learn more, please visit

For more event information, please contact George Bamu at 303-341-1301 or via email at

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