U.S. Embassy Celebrates World Press Freedom Day: Book Discussion

A partial view of the conference
A partial view of the conference

The U.S. Embassy Chad celebrated World Press Freedom Day by arranging a book discussion on a “The elements of journalism: what newspeople should know and the public should expect” (Nouveaux Horizons, written by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel). The discussion brought together about 26 communication professionals to talk discuss the future of their profession.

Opening the discussion, the Public Affairs Officer welcomed participants before stressing the importance of press freedom. She paid tribute to journalists who have been recent victims in the performance of their jobs and emphasized the Embassy’s efforts to improve Chadian journalists’ skills through seminars and various support to media houses.

The discussion was led by a panel of three experienced journalists, including two alumni (Murrow and Humphrey program). They explained the history of journalism, the reason why the book was written, and the principles of journalism. The discussion ended with a question and answer session focused on the comparison between U.S. and Chadian journalists.