There Will Be Ink

The research I did in Uganda in January has just been published.

There Will be Ink: A study of journalism training and the extractive industries in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda (PDF) is the product of research I conducted with five other students from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in the spring of 2009.

We surveyed media coverage of the extractive sector and interviewed African journalists who had training in business and economic reporting. Our goal was to identify the training practices that are most helpful in teaching journalists how to encourage government transparency in the extractive industries through their reporting.

The journalists surveyed said that journalism training had improved their coverage of the extractives, but we concluded that there are other challenges in the African media landscape that are not addressed by training. These include low salaries, lack of resources, pressure from government and advertisers and the lack of freedom of information laws. The report includes recommendations for organizations planning journalism training activities in countries with extractive sectors.

  • Don Thieme

    I look forward to reading this. Any thoughts on the arrest of Rio Tinto employees by the Chinese government?

    How will "globalization" affect both the extractive industries and the journalists who cover them?

  • pupil

    v. cool. whilst in cambridge, you might pop down the street to mit to chat with folks at http://civic.mit.edu/projects/c4fcm/extract — would interesting, perhaps