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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