Edem Djokotoe was a Knight International Journalism Fellow leading a project to create consistent coverage of poverty and development issues in Malawi. He developed a network of correspondents and citizen journalists to ensure coverage of rural and remote areas by the nation’s leading independent newspaper, The Nation.
Djokotoe is a senior journalist and media trainer. Originally from Ghana, he has lived and worked in Zambia for more than two decades. He has worked at Zambia’s two leading media training institutions, Evelyn Hone College and the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication, and is also a newspaper columnist, writing twice a week for The Post since November 1995.
Djokotoe’s most recent major journalistic assignment was in Juba in Southern Sudan this year. He was part of a team of mentors assigned to the region’s fledgling media to provide technical support ahead of the country’s first multi-party election in 24 years.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied linguistics and literature from the University of Zambia. He also holds a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Tampere in Finland and has a Master of Arts degree in journalism and media studies from Rhodes University in South Africa. He has written two books, including a handbook on issue-based journalism.