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Centre of African Studies PhD Fellow becomes mentor to international journalists



PhD Fellow Albert Sharra becomes International Press Institute mentor


Centre of African Studies Commonwealth PhD Fellow Albert Sharra has been appointed as a mentor for international journalists and media owners by the International Press Institute (IPI).

Albert - an award-winning Malawian journalist - has taken up the role with the IPI Media Innovator’s Mentorship programme, alongside other top journalists from around the world. In this role, he will provide mentorship for journalists and media professionals to support their development. He will provide guidance on producing quality news and developing innovations to support a sustainable media industry.

Albert said: “It is an honour to be trusted with this role by an international organisation like IPI. I am looking forward to working with journalists from across the world and making an impact on their careers."

Albert recently worked with Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation in improving community radio programming in Southern Africa. His passion for quality journalism is also evident in a project he has been running with the Multilateral Dialogue-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Geneva,) which is taking the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) training to journalists across Africa.

Albert is based in the Centre of African Studies at SPS and his research focuses on digital political activism and journalism. He is interested in mentoring journalists who specialise in feature writing, investigative journalism, citizen journalism, radio programming and setting up community radio.