Clearly, it’s not just African journalists who are fed up with international media occasionally forgetting that Africa is a continent, not a country. I mean, there are 54 countries (with two disputed) on a land mass that represents over 20% of the entire world’s above-sea surface area, a population of more than a billion people and well over a thousand spoken languages. Africa is a huge, rich and diverse place, you’d imagine it would be hard to get so much wrong about the place, especially from so-called professionals.
Essentially, the app scans online news stories from those sites to find articles that mention Africa without referring to a specific country. His work has turned up thousands of examples of poorly-researched or poorly-worded articles from both sources, which he represents in his findings, published here. With any luck, word will spread of the tool’s existence, and hopefully encourage international journalists to avoid the mis-representation of the continent in their future writing.
If you’re interested in performing your own searches using his code, you can grab it from its Github page.
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