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. 

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