On February 13, the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde invited 25 female students of journalism and women journalists to a discussion on the theme “The pros and cons of being a woman in journalism.” American journalist Elizabeth Bryant was thrilled to meet the participants and share with them her experience as a reporter, editor, camera woman, and freelance journalist. Participants talked about the working conditions for women journalists in Cameroon, highlighting the vulnerability of women in a male dominated media landscape and challenges in covering hard topics like terrorism, politics, and war. Ms. Bryant advised the students to be passionate in selecting their fields of coverage and specialization and to dare report on topics that are traditionally closed to women.
Cultural Affairs Officer Nitza Sola-Rotger said: “We are proud to welcome Elizabeth Bryant to engage directly with Cameroonian women journalists and students thanks to the sponsorship of the Africa Regional Services office of the U.S. Department of State. The United States considers a free and independent media as essential to strengthen democracy in our country, in Cameroon, and all nations. By ‘telling the story,’ journalists play a critical role to ensure an informed citizenry and promote good governance, transparency, and freedom of the press. In America the media is known as the “Fourth Pillar” of our democracy, and we salute all Cameroonian journalists and those who aspire to serve in that most noble of professions.”
To learn more about Africa Regional Services (ARS) please see: https://fr.usembassy.gov/ars-paris/.