Journalist Education: Building bridges between Europe and Africa

Erich Brost Institute and AIMMAD host the annual meeting of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA)

Over 100 participants from more than thirty countries met at the TU Dortmund to discuss new perspectives for international journalism education. At the invitation of the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism (EBI) of the TU and the Africa Institute for Media, Migration and Development (AIMMAD) journalist trainers from all over Europe and Africa exchanged views on “blind spots” in the mutual perception of media. This is particularly evident in the example of the topic of migration: “While the topic within the EU as well as in the individual EU countries provides political fuel, it attracts little attention in the media of many African countries,” says Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler, director of the Erich-Brost-Institute.

In numerous panels, the participants of the conference presented approaches for closer networking in journalism education. Veye Tatah, head of AIMMAD: “At the conference, African colleagues presented for the first time concrete ideas for establishing the topic of migration and media in the curricula of African universities.” At the same time, the participants made very concrete first steps to establish new networks between Europe and Africa. At the end of the conference, the African lecturers traveled to neighboring European countries to give lectures and participate in professional meetings.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler

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Veye Tatah

About Veye Tatah

Veye Tatah is a computer scientist and Entrepreneur from Cameroon. Tatah is currently self-employed as a consultant and project manager specializing in political, cross-cultural and media-related themes. Of particular interest is the development policy in Africa. She is the founder of the Africa Positive organization and acts as the editor-in-chief of a magazine called AFRICA POSITIVE, which has been published in German-speaking countries since 1998. She received a couple of awards for her voluntary activities in promoting integration - Among others; in 2010 she received the Federal Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. (www.veye-tatah.de). She is the Author of the Book “Afrika 3.0” published in May 2014 which tackles the negative Image of Africa in the West.