Images of Africa: Lessons Learned from Media Coverage of Crises

17 Jan 2017 2016 TALKS

What role can media play in conveying a more nuanced and multifaceted view?

Images of Africa: Lessons Learned from Media Coverage of Crises

Featuring: Sean Jacobs (Moderator), Jonathan Bundu, Morgana Wingard, Fatou Wurie

Presented in partnership with

Open Society Foundations







Saturday, September 24 | 4:00PM – 4:45PM
Location: Photoville Pavilion (60 Water Street Storefront)


At the height of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there was intense global media coverage — much of it focused on international aid efforts. The media was criticized for depicting Africans as silent victims, ignoring the many citizens who mobilized to fight the epidemic. What role can media play in conveying a more nuanced and multifaceted view?


Jacobs-seanSean Jacobs, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of London and a M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University. He is Associate Professor of International Affairs at The New School in New York, NY, and is currently writing a book on the intersection of mass media, globalization and liberal democracy in post-apartheid South Africa. He is co-editor of Thabo Mbeki’s World: The Politics and Ideology of the South African President (Zed Books, 2002) and Shifting Selves: Post-Apartheid Essays on Mass Media, Culture and Identity (Kwela Books, 2004). His most recent scholarly articles have appeared in Politique Africaine (2006) and Media, Culture, and Society (2007); and has contributed reviews and opeds to The Guardian, The New York Times, Volkskrant, The National and The Nation. Previously, he taught African Studies as well as communication studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also worked as a political researcher for the Institute for Democracy in South Africa. Jacobs founded Africa is a Country, a blog featuring online commentary, original writing, media criticism, videos, audio, and photography.


JBunduJonathan Y Bundu has been a Development Communicator for the past 16 years. He holds a Diploma and Certificate in Cultural Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He majored in English and minored in Mass Communications and Politics, and he is currently enrolled for his M.Phil in Mass Communications. Jonathan’s career in photojournalism dates back to the 2000. In his work with Save the Children, Concern World Wide and World Vision, photography has been a critical tool to capture donor interventions in rural communities and bring out the transformation in the lives of those people. Apart from photojournalism, Jonathan Bundu is a film and documentary maker, focusing on the rights of women and children. Jonathan also writes for Radio, Stage and TV, and worked with Search for Common Ground-Talking Drum Studios in the popular radio soap Opera ATUNDA AYENDA (meaning LOST and FOUND in Mandingo).


Morgana1Morgana Wingard is an American photojournalist and documentary filmmaker based in Africa specializing in social reportage and international development. She has traveled to over two dozen countries filming projects for an array of clients including USAID, UNICEF, ONE, MSF and CARE. Before founding Namuh in 2013, she worked for international development organizations in India and Washington, DC, the global marketing company McCann Worldgroup, and Annie Leibovitz’s studio in New York City


Fatou-Wurie-IMG_5672Fatou Wurie is a social activist, public speaker and the founder of The Survivor Dream Project, a non-profit organization that offers holistic support to women and youth survivors of trauma. Fatou has worked for UNMEER, UNICEF, Options UK and other bi-lateral organizations as advocacy and communications advisor. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, MamaYe Campaign, UNICEF Innovations Blog, Amnesty International Digital Blog, The Journalist, and The Africa Report’s ‘Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People’ Section. Fatou speaks on platforms like The Moth, UNICEF Innovation Summit, Red Cross Humanitarian Conference, and the Oxford-Africa Conference and is an active participant at the diaspora workshop for humanitarian action and mobilization across Europe. She holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and will be a graduate student at The University of Oxford in the 2016 fall.