Broadcast journalism professor Jennifer Thomas to be the keynote speaker at World Press Freedom Week 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria



WASHINGTONJennifer thomas, Assistant Professor of Media, Journalism and Film at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, has been selected as the keynote speaker of the 2019 U.S. Speakers Program on Press Freedom and Free Speech in Lagos, Nigeria from April 27 to May 3. The conference is sponsored by the US Department of State and U.S. Consulate General in Lagos. During the trip, Thomas will conduct radio journalism workshops for Nigerian media and journalists, participate in media appearances and perform other information functions including a keynote keynote. World Press Freedom Day May 3.

“I am very honored, touched and delighted to serve as a guest speaker for the Media Speakers Program sponsored by the United States Department of State and the United States Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria. ” Thomas said.

“Today more than ever, journalists must unite under the auspices of global press freedom. Journalism is under attack around the world and here in the United States. It is vital that we discuss issues and strategies to protect the public’s right to know in today’s media landscape.

Last semester Thomas visited universities in South Africa and participated with other media professionals in South Africa’s Media Freedom Week on the theme of “fake news”. She traveled on a press freedom call to action mission to Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. During last year’s visit, she discussed her recently published research on the historic political influence of Miss Howard University, from civil rights to black power with youth and young women at the Rosa Parks Library in Soweto.

Additionally, Thomas was the guest speaker for a virtual program with the United States Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and discussed the importance of responsible journalism in difficult circumstances with 30 Congolese journalists involved. in sensitive national reports.

Thomas is a former CNN executive producer and daily provides her students with a glimpse into the world of media where limits are often imposed, challenging the development of truthful stories and the freedom of when and how content is produced.

“As a seasoned journalist, and now a journalism professor, my mission is to produce ethically astute, curious and exceptional journalists who will tell stories with integrity,” she said.

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(Headshot courtesy of Jennifer Thomas)

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