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Acknowledgements Introduction Ch. 1: South Africa, Then and Now Ch. 2: Baby Steps to Democracy Ch. 3: Reporting Renaissance Notes Index

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault has been a journalist for more than 40 years and has worked in every journalistic medium. She has received numerous awards for her reporting in general, and specifically for her coverage of Africa. In 1985, she received broadcast journalism's highest award--a George Foster Peabody for her 1985 five-part MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour series, "Apartheid's People." Hunter-Gault earned another Peabody in 1998 for her overall coverage of Africa for National Public Radio.

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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) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"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 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 "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. "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 "A refreshing alternative to the dismal views of Africa's prospects that pervade the press."--Kirkus Reviews "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 "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 "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 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

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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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