Coverage of the African continent constitutes only 5.6 percent of international news produced by US news media. This 5.6 percent offers for its intended audience little depth in the portrayal of an entire continent.
—Asya A. Besova, and Skye Chance Cooley, Foreign News and Public Opinion, 2010
Each day significant African News—Today—This week— This Month happens around the world. Our selection of daily, weekly, and monthly stories includes a list of the most important stories from think pieces, to opinion pieces to important developing stories. Some of these events, unprecedented, others mundane in nature, attract the attention of journalists, bloggers, and ordinary citizens alike. Why news managers chose to highlight some stories and not others, leaving important stories on the back end, is a question at the core of our mission. Africa News Matters seeks to bridge the gap between the need to keep you adequately informed and the practice of news managers to take the easy way out. This may bring in the ratings, yet it leaves you uninformed. With African News —Today — This Week — This Month— our writers and editors take the time to sift through hundreds of stories about the continent circulating — to get you what you need to know and tell why things happened. Even while we strive to use digital tools to gather information and make it easy to understand, we still scout for developments manually, reading and watching news and information channels ourselves and being on the alert. This is what watchdogs do. African News —Today — This Week — This Month
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