About NewTimes

About Youth Times 2019

The Youth Times (YT) is the official Youth Newsroom covering the events of the UNESCO 2019 World Press Freedom Day in Addis Ababa from May 1-3.

The Youth Times consists of a team of scholars, practicing journalists and journalism students representing different countries with diverse cultures across the globe including; Ethiopia, Jordan, Norway, Uganda, Syria, Tanzania, the United States of America and Zambia who will undertake news publishing and content management of the WPFD events.

The theme for this years edition of the World Press Freedom Day is;“Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation”. The events which have been supported by UNESCO, African Union and the Government of Ethiopia will be held at the Headquarters of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Youth Times (YT), holds in high esteem ethical standards, commitments, creativity, and spontaneity in creating the E-magazine and other content.


Youth Newsroom Coordinator

Mekuria Mekasha, (Asst. Prof) Head of SJC, AAU)

Editor In Chief / Managing Editor

  • Daniel Pleck, USA
  • Seble Bekele, AAU
  • Peter Laufer, University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute

  • Leslie Steeves, University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute


  • Dr. Carol Azungi Dralega, NLA University College
  • Dr. Teshager Shiferaw, AAU
  • Dr. Agaredech Jemaneh, AAU


  • Eugene Agyei 
  • Betelhem Sisay
  • David Young
  • Ermias Alemayehu,
  • Feysel Amin,
  • Etsegenet W-Senbet,
  • Frewoiyne Giday,
  • Frezer Zewdie,
  • Mekdes Endale,
  • Mulubirhan Shama,
  • Nadia Shyyab, 
  • Tigist Wario

 Social Media Handlers

  • Elias Worku,
  • Talew Gualu
  • Senait Abelneh

 Website manager and designer

  • Elias Worku,
  • Abraham Assefa


  • Dr. Teshager Shiferaw
  • Mekuria Mekasha,(Asst. Prof, AAU, SJC)
  • Seble Bekele,


  • Nigatu Merdassa,
  • Talew Gualu,
  • Fantaye Adinew,
  • Wagaye Chaka

 Audio Visual and Podcasting

  • Martha Feye,
  • Morgan Krakow,
  • Zainab Haddad

  • Kefa Hussein Igilo

  • Majd Kabakeebi

  • Bwale Mutanuka

  • Loujain Othman

  • Emrakeb Woldearegay

  • Nigatu Merdassa,
  • Ephrem Teshome