Media experts to hold discussions with AAU journalism students


Capital, together with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, U.S. Embassy and the Addis Ababa University (AAU) will be holding an interactive session for students of the School of Communication and Journalism on the coming Tuesday in the Eshetu Chole Hall, at the College of Business and Economics (CBE), Sidist Kilo Campus.
The event will have a series of debates and seminars, which aims to encourage discussion and foster creative thinking, as well as motivate students being educated in Ethiopian universities and other learning institutions.
The event has been planned with two different parts; the first will be a debate between selected students on the subject of, what they think their prospects are within the local Media Industry and its subsequent development. The second part of the event will be a panel discussion, with media industry experts who will illustrate their experiences with regards to the development and sustainability of the media. They will share their unique perspectives on the industry in their respective countries. The panelists will consist of Teguest Yilma, D/Editor-in-Chief of Capital, who will speak on the journey of creating and sustaining the oldest privately-owned English language newspaper in Ethiopia; Amare Aregawi, Editor-in-Chief of Reporter Newspaper, who will speak on the different challenges faced in running one of the biggest newspapers in Ethiopia, which is published in two languages; and Abdissa Zerai, Head of the School of Communication and Journalism of Addis Ababa University, who will do a presentation from a more academic angle or perspective of the media industry in Ethiopia.
Among the panelists will also be Emmanuel K. Dogbevi, who is one of Ghana’s renowned and finest journalists. Over the years, Dogbevi has been involved in creative writing like poetry, short stories and plays. As a journalist, he has written opinion pieces and editorials, feature articles and news. Currently, he is the owner and Managing Editor of, Ghana’s leading business news homepage.
The debate session includes students that are the highest achievers in their classes and were chosen for their avid eagerness to learn and passion for the field of journalism. The session will be moderated by Emrakeb Assefa, a lecturer at the School of Journalism. 
The event will also be a platform for discussion on the development of journalism in Africa and looks at the past, the present and the direction it needs to be taken in the future.
The event is being held as part of Capital’s 15th anniversary celebration, making it the oldest privately-owned English language newspaper in Ethiopia.