Journalism in a Global Context: Perspectives from Africa – Challenges for Europe

Follow Up Conference ’15

Addis Ababa, December 11, 2015
Addis Ababa University &
Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism
TU Dortmund University, Germany

The conference serves to launch a new African-European project in the field of journalism education: “Journalism in a Global Context” aims at connecting journalism students in Africa and Europe, thus promoting the quality of foreign reporting of Europe and Africa in a crucial time of development for both continents.

Distinguished journalists and scholars from African and European countries will discuss challenges of shortcomings of covering African issues. The conference is sponsored by the German Foreign Office and will be held in English.

Venue: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (


9.00 Admission and Registration

9.30 Opening Remarks

  • Prof. Dr. Negeri Lencho and Mathewos Tadesse, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler, Director, Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, TU Dortmund University
  • Veye Tatah, Chairwoman and Chief Editor, Africa Positive
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Behmer, Institute for Communication, University Bamberg

10.00 Fébé Potgieter-Gqubule (Amb.)
Deputy Chief of Staff, African Union Commission, African Union
Media and foreign coverage in Africa: Perspectives from the African Union

10.30 Eric Chinje/Irene Wangui, African Media Initiative
Improving foreign coverage in Africa and Europe: Perspectives I

11.00 Coffee Break

11.30 Covering Migration in Africa
Akintunde Akinleye, Reuters, Nigeria

12.00 Covering Migration in Africa: Panel Discussion

  • Akintunde Akinleye, Reuters, Nigeria
  • Dr. Monica Chibita, Uganda Christian University, Uganda
  • Dinesh Balliah, WITS University, Johannesburg
  • James Jeffrey, Freelancer, BBC Online, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera, UKChair: Susanne Fengler

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Covering Business in Africa
Taurai Mangudhla, Zimbabwe Independent, Zimbabwe

14.30 Covering Business in Africa: Panel Discussion

  • Taurai Mangudhla, Zimbabwe Independent, Zimbabwe
  • Eric Chinje/Irene Wangui, AMI
  • Timothy Quashigah, Ghana Institute of Journalism, Ghana Mathewos Tadesse, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Prof. Dr. João Miguel, Universidade E. Mondlane, MozambiqueChair: Markus Behmer

15.30 Coffee Break

16.00 Covering Governance in Africa
John Ngirachu, Daily Nation, Kenya

16.30 Covering Governance in Africa: Panel Discussion

  • John Ngirachu, Daily Nation, Kenya
  • Adolf Mbaine, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Etienne Fopa-Simo, University Yaoundé II, Cameroon
  • William Davison, Bloomberg (tbc)Chair: Veye Tatah

17.30 Farewell Reception