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Published on August 21st, 2015 | by EJC


Challenges For Media Development In Liberia

This article was written by Lou Del Bello and originally published at SciDev.Net on 22 April, 2015. Republished with permission.

Ken Harper, director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at Syracuse University in the United States, has spent seven years working on media development in Liberia.

He believes better local journalism can ease people’s problems on the ground, but can also teach the international media about the stories that really matter to local communities.

“Only local media can produce journalism that’s relevant to people: it’s culturally sensitive and understands the local conditions,” Harper says.

In this audio interview, he explains his personal journey from the United States to Liberia, where he learnt about its culture, resilience and drive to rebuild a fairer society after the civil war partly through better, more powerful journalism.

About the Author:

Lou Del Bello is a multimedia journalist who covers science and development for SciDev.Net. She is interested in climate change, African affairs and digital journalism. Some of her work can be found here. Follow on Twitter @LouDelBello

Photo: Ken Harper

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