Best Practices in Covering Africa -seminar 9.-10.3.2015 in Metropolia UAS

What is the story behind African media stories? How do I find independent and objective information from Africa? How do I report from Africa?

 Journalism for Civic Involvement, Democracy and Development (JOCID) -project organizes 2-day seminar and workshop titled

“Best Practices in African Coverage”


In Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Hämeentie 161, auditorium
On Monday 9.3 13:00-17:00 and
Tuesday (workshop) 10.3.2015 9:00-15:00

The seminar is targeted for journalists and journalism students. Speakers come from Finland, Ghana, Namibia and Tanzania.

Speakers are journalists, journalism university lecturers and representatives of Finnish Union of Journalists.

Target of the seminar is to cover characteristics of diverse African media, state of freedom of speech in different parts of Africa and give participants guidelines and tools for any current or future news coverage.

The seminar consists of keynote speeches and lectures on Mon 9.3. and a workshop on Tue 10.3.2015

Participants of the workshop will produce a news piece in small groups. These news pieces will be reviewed by professionals.

More information from Sami Huohvanainen (lecturer, Metropolia UAS) +358 40 334 9678 or sami . huohvanainen (a) metropolia . fi

Seminar is free. Please register at by 2.3.2015

Please note also that there is another seminar with similar content in Turku UAS in 5.-6.3.2015


Monday 9.3.

 13:00 opening, Sami Huohvanainen, Metropolia UAS
13:15 Juha Rekola, Vikes: Third World Journalism in Finland Now
13:30 Zacharias Tanko, Ghana Institute of Journalism: Freedom of Expression in Ghana
14:15 Simon Berege, University of Iringa: Freedom of expression in Southern Africa

 Coffee Break

 15:30 Hugh Ellis, Polytechnic of Namibia: Media Literacy in Southern Africa
16:15 Risto Uimonen, Council for Mass Media in Finland: Freedom of Expression in Finland
16:45 Kodwo Boateng, Ghana Institute of Journalism, Media Pluralism and Diversity in Ghana

Tuesday 10.3

9:00 Workshop assignment
9:15-12:00 Working in groups

Lunch (at cost, not included)
13:00-15:00 Presentations and Feedback Discussion
Sami Huohvanainen, Zacharias Tanko, Simon Berege, Hugh Ellis

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