ICFJ's Jerri Eddings: New Technology Brings New Opportunities for African Journalists

Mar 212012
  • Panelists discussed the latest trends in freedom of information worldwide at the 14th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference. (Photo by Sonja Matanovic)

  • Adam Clayton Powell III, senior fellow at the USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, moderated the panel discussion on "Freedom of Information Worldwide." (Photo by Sonja Matanovic)

  • Jerri Eddings, director of ICFJ's Africa-based Knight International Journalism fellowships, told the audience there is a new level of press freedom in many parts of Africa. (Photo by Sonja Matanovic)

  • Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein, who works in sub-Saharan Africa, spoke about the importance of training African journalists to mine databases for in-depth storytelling. (Photo by Sonja Matanovic)

At the 14th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference, held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., ICFJ Program Director Jerri Eddings said that many governments in Africa have eased restrictions on journalists. Now, she said, journalists are learning to access new kinds of information and deliver it to an increasingly tech-savvy audience across the continent.

The Newseum's First Amendment Center reported on the event.