Summer Interns Share their Experiences during Africa Dispatches Event

Earlier this year, students from Carleton University’s Journalism and Communication program fanned out across Africa for internships organized by the Centre for Media and Transitional Societies (CMTS). The internships were with media organizations and provided 24 Carleton students with an invaluable opportunity to learn about journalism on another continent and to benefit from the life experience of a season in Africa.

Media are invited to attend Africa Dispatches, an event in which some of the interns will talk about their media gigs in Africa on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. The event is free and will be held in the second-floor Atrium space in the River Building at Carleton.

Where: Atrium, River Building, Carleton University

When: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Interns took up placements across Africa – in Rwanda, South Sudan, northern Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania – working with radio stations, newspapers, online media outlets, television production operations and media development projects. Placements were organized with private media outlets and also through several partner organizations on the ground, including Farm Radio International and Search for Common Ground. The internship program was funded by Carleton University, the Reader’s Digest Foundation and the Government of Ontario’s Global Edge program.

“At a time when Canadian media coverage of the rest of the world is contracting, these internships provide Carleton students with a unique opportunity to experience Africa firsthand, to gain valuable life experience and to grow as reporters,’’ said Prof. Allan Thompson, director of the CMTS and founder of the internship program. “In the past six years, Carleton has sent more journalists to Africa than the entire Canadian news media industry combined. There is just no disputing how valuable this experience is for a young reporter.”

Blogs posted by the interns during their placements can be found here.


For more information:
Chris Cline
Media Relations Co-ordinator
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 1391