TODAY Media Group; publishers of Newspapers and Magazines
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Please summarise your areas of climate-change expertise (in terms of subjects and geographical areas)
I have no expertise on Climate Change, but have written a number of articles on issues that affect and that are affected by changes in climate patterns and the environment. Some of the issues treated in some of my articles have included how climate change and its many spill over effects tend to exacerbate poverty among the rural poor, especially women.
I am joining this forum precisely to build up the required knowledge base and expertise that may allow me to more relevantly target my media practice in these directions.
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I have had 13 years post-university journalism experience, starting as a freelance reporter and now as publisher and managing editor of The Gambia's second largest newspaper. As a reporter, I have written on a wide range of issues, but most importantly on business and development topics. I have always been fascinated by the contrast between growth in private businesses and development in the major growth centres of many African societies and how that often tends to engender worsening poverty in places further upcountry. Many of my articles have explored this contrast; sometimes earning acclaim, as with a story I wrote about child beggars and how badly they envied other children in school uniforms; or sometimes earning trouble, as with a story about schoolchildren skipping classes to pick and sell scrap metal. For the latter, I was locked up in a police cell for 3 days and later charged for 'seditious intention'.
I have also been written extensively on business, finance and economics, both in local newspapers and magazines and also in international titles like Forbes Global Magazine, South African Decisions, and a few other not-so-popular country titles. I have done extensive Country Economic Reports and Investment Surveys for The Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria at various times.
I have also worked as a Research Assistant at Emanic Consulting, one of the leading management and investing consulting firms in The Gambia. I have also enjoyed brief stints at PR, media communications and marketing agencies and I have very strong design and creative skills both for web and print.
Like most journalists in Africa, my knowledge of climate change issues is limited to information gleaned from foreign newspapers news agencies and websites. While I am definitely very clear on the risks of climate change and its possible and actual effects, I am convinced that getting closer to the sources of climate change science and being part of a global network of information and knowledge on climate change will be essential in my desire to translate for instance, how air pollution could increase incidences of barrenness in communities where child-bearing is regarded vital and where infertility is akin to a curse. Given the specific dynamics of our African societies, I believe that reporting on climate change in Africa should not be conducted exclusively in the terminologies of ozone layer and greenhouse gases etc., but in the parlance of how it affects the peoples' very lives.
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