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New News Out of Africa : Uncovering Africa's Renaissance

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For twenty years an acclaimed correspondent on PBS's The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and the winner of two Emmys and two Peabody Awards (for her coverage of Africa), Charlayne Hunter-Gault here offers a fresh and surprisingly optimistic assessment of modern Africa, revealing that there is more to the continent than the bad news of disease, disaster, and despair. Blending personal memoir with sterling reportage and astute analysis, Hunter Gault presents an Africa we rarely see. She looks first at South Africa, contrasting the country she first encountered as a young reporter-when she personally witnessed the brutality of apartheid-with the black-led, multiracial society of today, a nation undergoing one of the most radical social and economic experiments in modern times. She acknowledges the great imbalance in income in modern South Africa (where upwards of 30 to 40 percent of blacks are unemployed) and describes the ravaging effect of AIDS on the nation, but she also underscores the nation's commitment to affirmative action, describes how South African universities have opened their doors to black students, and debunks many of the myths about the violence of South African society. Likewise, Hunter-Gault looks at the continent-wide efforts to promote "an African Renaissance," illuminating the political and economic conditions in Rwanda, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Angola, and Sierra Leone. Finally, the book describes the challenges of reporting on the much-maligned continent and the efforts of African journalists to tell their own story. A compelling book on a topic of vital importance, New News Out of Africa promises to re-define what is news about this vast and complex continent. "A journalistic work of remarkable insight and prescience: Hunter-Gault zooms in on Africa's ongoing renaissance-reporting on a subject today's media have ignored-and encourages us all to sit up and take note." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "Good news is usually not associated with Africa. However, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Hunter-Gault puts a different spin on her assessment of the continent's current conditions, presenting a well-researched, fact-filled account of recent positive changes in Africa." -Library Journalshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 132.08 x 193.04 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1 halftone
  • 0195331281
  • 9780195331288

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"Charlayne Hunter-Gault has been one of a handful of Western journalists providing informed and insightful coverage of Africa that has cut through the muffling stereotypes obscuring the outside world's view of the continent. New News Out of Africa is at once a deeply personal and politically astute assessment of the struggles of the African renaissance, particularly with regard to the critical role of the media and journalists, African and foreign, that really is something new and hopeful."-Bruce Berman, Director of the Research Program in Ethnicity and Democratic Governance, Queen's University "Hunter-Gault promises to redefine what is news about the vast and complex continent and its people and its hopeful future that have been, until now, all but invisible to the outside world."-Ebony Magazine "Good news is usually not associated with Africa. However, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Hunter-Gault puts a different spin on her assessment of the continent's current conditions, presenting a well-researched, fact-filled account of recent positive changes in Africa."-Library Journal "A refreshing alternative to the dismal views of Africa's prospects that pervade the press."-Kirkus Reviews "An incisive, informative work that provides a balanced perspective on the continent's recent past, transformative present and potentially rich future.... Widespread AIDS, constant internal strife and corrupt, shaky economies form the largely media-driven image of Africa that many Americans possess, argues veteran correspondent Hunter-Gault in this skillful blend of memoir, reportage and political analysis."-Publishers Weekly "In New News Out of Africa, we have a journalistic work of remarkable insight and prescience: Hunter-Gault zooms in on Africa's ongoing renaissance-reporting on a subject today's media have ignored-and encourages us all to sit up and take note."-Henry Louis Gates, Jr.show more

About Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault has been a journalist for more than 40 years and has worked in every journalistic medium. She has received numerous awards for her reporting in general, and specifically for her coverage of Africa. In 1985, she received broadcast journalism's highest award-a George Foster Peabody for her 1985 five-part MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour series, "Apartheid's People." Hunter-Gault earned another Peabody in 1998 for her overall coverage of Africa for National Public Radio.show more

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