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Media Representation of Africa and Africans
African Lens: The dominant representation of Africa today is one of war, poverty, disease and everything that can go wrong with humanity. It is famously referred to as the “forgotten continent”. African Lens is designed as a platform to document and present a visual Africa in an unbiased way . It is also a medium to showcase different aspects of our everyday lives and serve as an advocate to compelling stories that need to be told. Content will be generated from everywhere – from the established photojournalist to user contributions. Please feel free to ping us if you have something interesting to share!
The Image of Black Website has been providing an online education resource on the representation of African people in art, since 2005. A version of the old site has been archived by the British Library. The website was originally conceived as an opportunity to address the lack of information available online about the ways in which people of African descent have been portrayed in differing ways across the course of history. The story is, of course, a complex one – incorporating myths and metaphors about Africa and blackness into visual signifiers that take the form of paintings, prints, sculptures and manuscripts. It is fair to say that most historical images of Africans created before the advent of photography in the 19th century, were produced almost exclusively by Europeans. Thus images of servants, heraldic ‘moor’s heads’, slaves, market sellers, or entertainers, offer poignant reminders of oppression and disenfranchisement. However, this is only one way to view the story.
Africa and Media Studies
African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is a Kampala-based independent, non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit professional organisation committed to helping African journalists to seek and achieve excellence as well as improving journalism and mass communication in Africa.
The Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) is a professional association of investigative journalists in Africa. Its mission is to enhance, deepen and build investigative journalism as a profession throughout the continent. FAIR was established in May 2003 by 15 investigative journalists from six African countries on the basis of the awareness that, firstly, investigative journalists have a vital role to play to enhance the African public’s right to information about all matters of social development and social justice; and, secondly, that African investigative journalists at present face many obstacles, ranging from lack of encouragement and low pay to life-threatening situations. FAIR was established to help investigative journalists help and support each other in order to overcome these obstacles.
African News and Media
AllAfrica.com: A Great Source for News about Africa
Think Africa Press is an online magazine that looks beyond the surface of the global African news coverage. Bringing together commentary from leading African and international thinkers, we make sense of rolling news by presenting the key issues in context to provide a fuller, clearer picture. We provide in-depth analysis of the issues which are really important.
Pambazuka News: A Weekly Forum for Social Justice in Africa
Africa News Update: From the Norwegian Council for Africa
IRIN Africa: IRIN is an award-winning humanitarian news and analysis service covering the parts of the world often under-reported, misunderstood or ignored. IRIN was launched in 1995, in response to the gap in humanitarian reporting exposed by the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath. It is an editorially independent, non-profit project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), funded entirely by voluntary contributions from governments and other institutions.
Human Rights Watch: Africa
Pana Press: The African Perspective
The Zeleza Post: For Informed news and commentary on the Pan-African World
afrol News: the only independent news agency dedicated exclusively to Africa
FARAFINA Magazine: FARAFINA is the Bambara word for Africa. It is dedicated to the best in contemporary African ideas; intelligent without being pompous, well researched without being academic and opinionated without being pedantic. Farafina presents the complexities in Africa as they exist; the good, the bad and especially the progressive.
Africa Quarterly: Magazine of Indian Council of Cultural Relations
African News.it This website is dedicated for news about Africa. It’s meant to serve as a point of information about Africa and Africans. Until recently, news from and about Africa, in the online Italian media, were mainly reported by religious organisations. We have, therefore, decided to source out African reporters, both in Africa and in the Diasporas, so they can tell their own stories, themselves. Africans and Italians have built strong relationship over the years, investment and intercultural exchange is growing. With that in mind, there is a need for a better understanding of the African continent, her people and her diverse culture.
ReConnect Africa is a unique website and online magazine for the African professional in the Diaspora. Packed with essential information about careers, business and jobs, ReConnect Africa keeps you connected to the best of Africa.
African Perspective: A weekly African documentary, which takes an in-depth look at life on the continent. First broadcast on the BBC World Service every Saturday at 0830GMT, the programme is available as a podcast available every Saturday at 9am.
Africa Today: African news and analysis from the BBC’s Focus on Africa and Network Africa programmes; the Africa Today podcast contains the day’s top stories from the continent
AfricaBe.Com is an interactive pan African online magazine designed to challenge perceptions about the African continent and its people. AfricaBe.Com is the platform through which young Africans can discuss pertinent issues on the continent, whilst celebrating the success of its people. The main features of the website include articles, entrepreneurship, travel, fashion, entertainment and educational resources. The website hopes to be more than just a platform for rhetoric and seeks to inspire its readers to take positive steps to change the typography of the continent. The website was founded by Linda Mabhena whilst she was studying in the UK. Mabhena grew tired of the negative perceptions that her European colleagues had about the continent at first she was driven by the desire to dispel the myths about the continent, however through the process she realised that Africans also needed to know more about each other and what they are doing across the continent. Currently her team comprises of individuals from different corners of the continent including Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
AfricanYouthJournals is an online interactive forum for African youth to share ideas on current issues affecting and shaping the African continent as well as crowd-source the true image of Africa.
The Power of Culture-Radio Africa Website: This website explores the impact of radio broadcasting in Africa
Radio Africa: The sounds that make up the diverse music of Africa are now yours to explore. Radio Africa streams, at no charge, complete tracks from the collections of Smithsonian Folkways. From the rhythms of Benin to the wedding music of Ethiopia to the traditional Zulu music of South Africa to the parade music of Senegal, you’ll never know what you’ll hear next!
Farm Radio International is a Canadian charity working with over 400 radio broadcasters in 38 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. We help African radio broadcasters meet the needs of local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities.
Archives d’Afrique (Radio France International): L’histoire contemporaine de l’Afrique à travers ses grands hommes. Illustrée d’archives sonores et de témoignages des acteurs encore vivants. Une émission présentée par Alain Foka.
Mémoire d`un continent (Radio France International): Chaque semaine, Elikia M’Bokolo vous propose Mémoire d’un Continent dédiée à l’histoire de l’Afrique. Plusieurs siècles d’histoire, depuis les temps héroïques des Lucy et des Toumai jusqu’aux péripéties actuelles d’un continent confronté aux défis de la mondialisation. L’Afrique sur ses terres et l’Afrique des diasporas : diasporas nées des contraintes d’hier ou des émigrations volontaires d’aujourd’hui. Des archives sonores signées RFI ou l’Ina, des archives inédites que nous cherchons sur les cinq continents. Des témoignages et débats sur un continent qui veut rester debout !
TV5Monde Plus Afrique: Watch African Videos, Music, Interviews and Films on Demand in French