MARK THE DATE: Africa-China-US Relations in the Biden Era: Journalism Reporting Issues, Skills, and Strategies - 31 March 2021
Wednesday 31 March 15:00 CAT To RSVP for this webinar please click here.
The Africa-China Reporting Project invites you to a joint webinar with the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) on 31 March 2021. Hosted by Dr Bob Wekesa (Partnerships, Research and Communications Coordinator, ACSUS), and featuring five African scholars, the webinar will discuss key issues including what will change and what will stay the same for Africa-China-US relations under the Biden administration, new opportunities and challenges for African countries, and what journalists need to be aware of to cover this developing story.
The panelists will be the following:
Gregory Gondwe, Affiliate at the Department of Journalism, University of Colorado Gregory Gondwe is an affiliate of the Department of Journalism at University of Colorado, Boulder where he teaches media related courses. His research explores the concepts of persuasive messages and their effects on the news. With particular interest on Sub-Saharan Africa, he examines how individuals and groups choose to assimilate and accept news content as either true or false. His current research explores Chinese news agenda in African media systems.
Puso Kedidimetse, Political risk analyst Puso Kedidimetse is an ward-winning journalist who has worked in print media for twelve years. His awards include Media Institute of Southern Africa (Botswana chapter) Business Reporter of the year and SADC Print Journalist of the year reporting on regional integration. He is a political reporter with experience covering foreign affairs and the political economy of Southern Africa. His special focus areas include trade, infrastructure and agriculture. He has also served as a climate change reporter covering UN climate change conferences in Poland and Denmark. Currently he is a political risk analyst and working as a publications editor for a research institute. His research interests are geo-political and security developments around the globe. He holds a BA History (UB), MA Conflict Resolution (Bradford, UK), Chevening scholar (2015).
Dr Cliff Mboya, Independent researcher and consultant Dr Cliff Ochieng’ Mboya earned his PhD in International politics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He conducted his research on China's public diplomacy in Kenya. He holds an MA in Development Communication from the University of Nairobi where he researched China Daily’s media portrayal of China in Africa. He holds a BA in International Relations and Journalism from the United States International University. His research interests include Africa-China relations (Belt and Road Initiative, FOCAC) public diplomacy and development communication. He has worked at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, and the Diplomat East Africa magazine.
Amukelani Matsilele, Department of Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand Amukelani Matsilele is a Master of arts candidate at the Media Studies Department at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Her thesis focuses on integrating drones in South African newsrooms. She is currently working at the Africa Centre for the Study of the United States as a communications and public diplomacy intern.
Adhere Otieno, PhD International Relations, Central China Normal University Adhere Otieno is a PhD student of International Relations at Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. He holds a Masters degree in International Studies from the University of Nairobi. His current research focuses on Africa-China relations and its implications for Africa’s socio-economic transformation. Since 2012 Adhere has served as a communications officer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, and provided communication consultancy services to a number of organisations including the African Union, and has published in leading Chinese and Kenyan media outlets.