Defining the Future of Journalism
Youth Times 2019 was launched by Addis Ababa University's School of Journalism and Communication in commemoration of this year's UNESCO World Press Freedom Day.
The Youth Times (YT) showcases the work of many of Addis Ababa University's top budding journalists, in the form of multimedia, podcasts, news and feature writing, as well as the work of practicing journalists, academia and journalism students from across the globe including Jordan, Norway, Syria, Tanzania, the United States of America and Zambia
The theme for World Press Freedom day this year (starting on Wednesday, May 1st and being held to Friday May 3rd) is on the theme: "Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation."
We have come now to a critical juncture, where media can and does affect more people's daily lives in ways that were not even thought possible just one decade ago.
As we are coming to learn more in recent years, the media is an extremely powerful tool, and also, a dangerous weapon-- as effective at bringing people together as it is at tearing society apart.
The age of Digital Information is quickly becoming the Age of Disinformation.
The role of journalism is now more urgently important than ever, to sort through truth and disinformation, and provide people with an honest and accurate picture of what is happening in their world.
The next generation of journalists will be crucially necessary in helping global citizens separate and discern honest and accurate reporting from disinformation, both on the global and the local level.
It is no exaggeration to say that the future is relying on them.
With that said, I could not be prouder to stand behind the next generation of youth journalists who are producing fascinating and hard-hitting reporting at perhaps the most critical time for journalism -- not just here in Ethiopia, but across the continent, and around the world.