In light of the recent events in Egypt, it is as important as ever that we stay up-to-date on the current events of our world. No matter how you get your news (and there a plenty of formats these days), chances are the coverage of happenings around the world – that is, events occurring outside of the United States – is severely lacking. Moreover, what little world news coverage exists is often brief and incomplete. As you may have already guessed, I want to introduce you specifically to a few Africa-based news sources that give the continent its fair share of coverage. At the same time, however, my hope is that, by introducing you to a few alternative/local African news sources, you will be encouraged to explore alternative news sources from around the world.
As always, the library makes it easy!
If its African newspapers you want, then look no further than the African Newspaper Subscriptions page. Here, you can find the print version of many African newspapers, as well as links to African newspapers with free web access.
If you prefer all-purpose news coverage of Africa, here are a few of the best websites with free access:
allAfrica is the premiere African focused news website. It posts over 1,000 stories daily in English and French.
afrol News is another useful Africa-dedicated news source. Since 2000, it has focused exclusively on Africa in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Inter Press Services (IPS) Africa has more than 100 writers reporting about Africa from nearly 50 countries. This site is available in English, French, Portuguese, and Swahili.
I also recommend the English language version of aljazeera.net. While it is not African based, it is an excellent resource for non-Western news coverage, especially the Middle East and North Africa.
Also, the African Studies Collection at the Wells Library has created a very handy toolbar that can be downloaded to your browser. The toolbar (click here to download) has a nice live Africa-focused news feed, so you can always be up-to-date on events shaping our world. There are added benefits to having this toolbar. For example, you can access IUCAT as well as many Africa-focused databases, among many other benefits.
Here’s to you, informed citizen of the world!