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New news out of Africa : uncovering Africa's Renaissance /
Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
description
x, 173 p.
ISBN
0195177479 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780195177473 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
isbn
0195177479 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780195177473 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
South Africa, then and now -- Baby steps to democracy -- Reporting Renaissance.
catalogue key
5895858
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-04-03:
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. The author is determined to deliver some "new news"-or good news-out of Africa, and to challenge facile assumptions that it is a dark, hopeless continent ravaged by the "four D's": death, disaster, disease and despair. Based on lectures Hunter-Gault gave at Harvard University in 2003, while a fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, the book is divided into three distinct though intrinsically interrelated sections: an analysis of South Africa under apartheid and positive postapartheid developments; the painful yet powerful continent-wide transition from colonialism to democratic reform; and how foreign and African journalists can more accurately report an emerging "African Renaissance," particularly in Rwanda, Kenya, Mozambique, Angola, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Hunter-Gault (In My Place), who lives in Johannesburg, where she is special Africa correspondent for NPR, has written an incisive, informative work that provides a balanced perspective on the continent's recent past, transformative present and potentially rich future. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-06-15:
Good news is usually not associated with Africa. However, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Hunter-Gault (In My Place) 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. Discussion of Charles Taylor, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the ongoing adjudication process in Rwanda, and a committed press reporting injustice all lead to three chapters on "New News." Here Hunter-Gault delves into the new South Africa (she is most familiar with that country, having lived there for years), the emerging democracies on the continent, and the responsibility of the press to continue publicizing wrongdoings by the despots and military powers still oppressing the masses. AIDS, Africa's biggest problem, is discussed at length in each chapter. Hunter-Gault, the first black woman admitted to the University of Georgia, writes rather egotistically in first-person prose. That aside, her argument is one of the few of its kind and deserves a wide readership in academic libraries and all libraries with African collections. James Thorsen, Madison Cty. Schs., Weaverville, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A gripping read."
"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 Americanspossess, argues veteran correspondent Hunter-Gault in this skillful blend of memoir, reportage and political analysis."--Publishers Weekly
"A refreshing alternative to the dismal views of Africa's prospects that pervade the press."--Kirkus Reviews
"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 "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 "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. "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 "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 thestruggles 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
"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 "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 "InNew 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. "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."--LibraryJournal "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 Africais 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
"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 politicallyastute 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'sUniversity
"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."--LibraryJournal
"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
"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.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Exploring the transformation of post-apartheid South Africa, the author emphasizes the challenges and responsibilities of reporting on Africa, the foreign media's role in representing Africa, and offers her reflection of the dangers her African colleagues face in reporting the news from their homelands.
Main Description
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 (the latter two for her coverage of Africa), Charlayne Hunter-Gault was until recently the Johannesburg Bureau Chief for CNN. In New News Out of Africa, thiseminent reporter 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 onthe 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-wideefforts 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 totell 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.
Main Description
For twenty years an acclaimed correspondent on PBS'sThe News Hour with Jim Lehrerand the winner of two Emmys and two Peabody Awards (the latter two for her coverage of Africa), Charlayne Hunter-Gault was until recently the Johannesburg Bureau Chief for CNN. InNew News Out of Africa, this eminent reporter 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 Africapromises to re-define what is news about this vast and complex continent.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsIntroductionCh
South Africa, Then and NowCh
Baby Steps to DemocracyCh
Reporting
Renaissance
Notes
Index
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