NIGERIAN newspapers are increasingly becoming more aggressive in their pursuit of diversity.
As part of their efforts, some of the largest African newspapers in the world are launching newsrooms with an African theme.
The National Newspaper Alliance (NNA), a consortium of major African newspapers, announced plans to launch a new newsroom focused on Africa in 2019.
In a recent article, the NNA announced plans for an African-themed newsroom.
NNA President Leko N’Duka said in the article that NNA would work to diversify the newsrooms in its portfolio.
NNAA will also create an African newsroom that will focus on the lives of African-Americans, NNWA Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Writer, Eunice Lekombe told the media.
N’duka added that the newsroom would be created with the intention of creating a welcoming environment and the potential for more African-American voices in the news.
Lekoma-Ngoma newspaper, which publishes the African newsmagazine Zondi, also announced that it would create an office focused on the African-origin communities.
Zondia, the news magazine of Zondwana, said in a press release that the office would be based in South Africa and will be tasked with focusing on Africa’s African-specific and African-led news, culture and business.
Zonie Guebile, the editor-in-chief of Zonia, said the news office would work with local African journalists to bring African perspectives to Zoni and provide them with opportunities to contribute to the local news industry.
“Zonie is committed to creating a safe space for African-owned and African African-inspired news,” she said in an email to Newsweek.
Nnamdi Odeh, president of the African Newsroom Association, said that African-related news will be a priority at NNA.
“Nnamdi believes that African journalists should be able to share their stories with the global community, and it is our goal to help to achieve this goal,” Odehal told Newsweek.
“We believe that African journalism should be accessible to a wider audience and more easily available in a wide range of languages.”
In the United States, some newspapers are looking to diversification of their newsrooms.
The Washington Post, a daily newspaper in the nation’s capital, announced last week that it will launch a newsroom in the U.S. with an emphasis on Africa.
The newspaper will focus its news coverage on Africa and other regions of the world.
In an email, Post publisher Marc Lotter said that the new newsrooms will be part of a wider initiative that aims to “engage the news community and engage readers in our daily coverage of the news, the environment, and our society.”
The Washington Times, a small newspaper in Seattle, Washington, is also diversifying its newsroom to include an African American perspective.
The paper will be headquartered in Washington state and will feature an African woman on its editorial board.
“The newspaper has long sought to foster a community of diverse readers and contributors, including African-based, African-ethnic and ethnic-minority journalists who are passionate about the news and its impact on communities in our nation,” Lotter told Newsweek in an emailed statement.
“This newsroom will be an ideal place for our reporters to share our stories and share their insights on local and national topics.
We will also be providing an environment where readers can engage and ask questions, and we will make sure the community understands how the paper operates and its approach to diversity and inclusion.”
Other African newspapers are also diversification efforts, including the Guardian newspaper in Ethiopia, the National African Newspapers Association (NANPA), and the New Times newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa.
According to NNDA, NANPA aims to provide a safe environment for African journalists, while NNT’s mission is to promote and foster African-African collaboration.
The NNT launched in October 2017.
NANpa announced its intent to create an Africa-centric newsroom last month, stating that it hopes to create a news and culture hub with an eye towards African-Canadian and African American communities.
“Our vision for NNpa is to build a community that is a part of the fabric of our national identity, as well as a media hub where the voices of all Africans can be heard and represented,” NNPA President André P. Kekabane told Newsweek on Monday.
The New Times will open its newsrooms to African-Canadians in 2018.
Keksa, the managing editor of the Newtimes, said it will help African-Natives in South America and elsewhere.
“As we continue to develop a news platform for all, including in South-America, we will continue to expand our coverage to the Caribbean region, Africa, Latin America and the