The Center works with the UC Berkeley Media Relations Office in Public Affairs to provide information on request to members of the media. As well we can help locate appropriate experts for interviews on topics of interests. Our goal is assist the media in providing the public with accurate, relevant, contextual and appropriate information on African topics.
Issues of Discourse and Representation in African Studies
(Discussions relevant to the portrayal of Africa in the media)
Problematizing Representations of Africa
These articles and talks by African writers and scholars help to frame some of the issues that emerge around representations of Africa.
- Chimamanda Adichie. 2009. The Danger of a Single Story | Video on TED.com. http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html.
- Teju Cole. 2012. “The White-Savior Industrial Complex.” The Atlantic, March 21. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/the-white-savior-industrial-complex/254843/.
- Uzodinma Iweala. "Stop Trying To 'Save' Africa," in The Washington Post, July 15, 2007,http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/13/AR2007071301714.html
- Kathryn Mathers. 2012. “Mr. Kristof, I Presume?: Saving Africa in the Footsteps of Nicholas Kristof.” Transition 107 (1): 14–31. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/transition/v107/107.mathers.html
Nyarota, Geoffrey. 2014. “Africa Through the Eyes of African Reporters.” Nieman Reports. http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reportsitem.aspx?id=100768.
- Binyavanga Wainaina. 2005. “How to Write about Africa.” Granta Magazine 92 (The View from Africa). http://www.granta.com/Archive/92/How-to-Write-about-Africa/Page-1.
A select bibliography concerning the representation of Africa in western media is available here. A bibliography on the media landscape in Africa will be available soon.
Considerations when using the terms "Tribe" and "Tribalism":
- Talking about "Tribe" Moving from Stereotypes to Analysis, 1997 originally from the Africa Policy Information Center web site, with a 2008 update. http://web.mnstate.edu/robertsb/313/TalkingaboutTribeFeb2008Update_001.pdf
- David Wiley, Using "Tribe" and "Tribalism" Categories to Misunderstand African Studies, 1981, African Studies, Michigan State University, includes an 2013 update. http://www.africa.upenn.edu/K-12/Tribe.html
Other Links for Media Makers
Karen Fung's Africa South of the Sahara website: Annotated and cross-referenced links to information on African countries and topics. Includes a general page on current events and breaking news. Each country page starts with a link to current news for that country.
The Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR): A professional association of investigative journalists in Africa.
International News Safety Institute: Provides general information on safety for journalists as well as specific advisories, e.g. a January 2013 advisory for reporting in Mali: http://www.newssafety.org/latest/advisories/safety-advisory/detail/safety-advisory-mali-as-at-220113-169/
Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalist Security Guide, by Frank Smyth/CPJ Senior Adviser for Journalist Security. With a chapter on Information Security by Danny O’Brien/CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator. Including Basic Preparedness Chapter.
Foreign Correspondence Network list of resources.
Konrad Adenauer Siftung's Investigative Journalism Manual. The "content has been produced by African journalists, and the case studies used reflect the continent’s reality."
Africa is a Country, blog featuring online commentary, original writing, media criticism, videos, audio, and photography. Often addresses issues of representation.