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A free press is a key component of a democratic society. When citizens are more informed, active, and engaged, they are more likely to hold their governments accountable. However, millions of people around the world still lack access to accurate, unbiased information. In Africa, there are varying degrees of press freedom–many countries have a professional journalist corps, but across much of the continent violations of press freedom are common.

Community journalists can fill the gap between what is covered by news organizations and what is happening locally. Community journalism frequently shares diverse perspectives and showcases underrepresented groups, helping with the free flow of information and highlighting stories that matter to communities.

YALISpeaks provides everyday citizens with the tools to become community journalists, ensuring they understand how to report on issues facing their communities in a responsible, ethical, and effective way.


Download the Pledge

Pledge your support for responsible and ethical community journalism by downloading the graphic and sharing with your social networks.


Take the Course

Community Journalism: Basic Principles for Effective Storytelling

This course examines the foundational principles of journalism and the tools available to effectively create and share stories that matter to your community.








Download the Workbook

The YALISpeaks Community Journalism Workbook will help you to find your niche and learn how to interview people for your stories. It also will offer tips for reporting stories responsibly and give you ideas on how to share your stories with your audience.


Educate Your Community

By facilitating a YALILearns session, you can teach others how to become responsible community journalists and empower their community’s voices. Download the Facilitation Guides below today to start planning your session.