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How Not to Write About Africa

By most accounts, the American media don't do a very good job covering Africa. Headlines tend to be dominated by violence and political intrigue. The few American journalists reporting on the continent have massive beats, spanning dozens of countries and thousands of miles. But coverage is also influenced by subtler, more insidious factors. We explore how development organizations, local "fixers," and the economics of newsgathering skewer our understanding of the continent.


From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff'

Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.
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Invasive Insect Could Wreak Havoc On U.S. Tomato Crop

A virginia tech plant pathologist says it's time to implement quarantine measures on tomatoes being imported from other countries where the South American Tomato Leafminer has already taken hold.

Pope's Visit Brings Focus To Tenuous Intersection Of Faith And Politics

Many Americans are reassessing Pope Francis' triumphant U.S. tour because of his meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis.

#MemeOfTheWeek: That Article From The Onion About Mass Shootings

The article reveals what the writers really feel about mass shootings in America, something mainstream media couldn't do.

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