Guide aims to improve election reporting in Africa

by Renata Johnson
Oct 31, 2008 in Specialized Topics

A guide recently released by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) addresses the challenges of covering elections in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Titled “Free & Fair: A Journalist’s Guide to Improved Election Reporting in Ghana,” the guide was written by Alison Bethel, Knight International Journalism Fellow in Ghana from 2008-2009, and former managing editor of The Nassau Guardian in the Bahamas.

Bethel offers tips for election reporting, insights into media-related violence, and recommendations for African countries in post-election crisis. She also examines the role of the media in covering polls and conflicts, as well as draws lessons from Rwanda.

The guide's goal is that journalists will have a better understanding of the media's role and impact in elections, and strive for a fair and impartial political coverage.

To download the guide (PDF), click on the link below or click here.