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May 5th, 2008

Inter Press Service Africa has announced the appointment of a new regional editor to manage the continent’s editorial services within the global development news agency.

Terna Gyuse, who has extensive experience as a radio producer and trainer, replaces outgoing regional editor Jacklynne Hobbs. Gyuse will oversee freelancers in over 50 African countries as well as bureaus in Nairobi, Kenya and Cotonou, Benin.

“The African regional editor position is fundamental for IPS if we are to guarantee regional balance in our coverage, and comply with our mission of giving voice to the voiceless, and covering global trends and events through the eyes of the people and communities affected by them,” said IPS Editor in Chief: Miren Gutierrez.

IPS Africa produces news in French and English with translation into Portuguese and Swahili. Articles are also reformatted into a “rip and read” for radio.

“The IPS regional editor plays a major role in not only directing our daily coverage for Africa but also in ensuring that our various projects shine a spotlight on critical development issues,” said IPS Regional Director: Africa Paula Fray.

IPS Africa editorial projects include the Southern Africa Water Wire focusing on integrated water resources management, From Polls to Polls focusing on women and elections, From Aid to Trade which examines Africa’s trade with Europe as well as the newly launched Changing Lives: Making Research Real which seeks to highlight the links between research, policy and implementation.

“I’m honoured to join IPS, a service I have long admired for its critical analysis of issues facing the continent. I look forward to continuing the excellent work of my predecessor and further building up a network of African reporters,” said Gyuse.

For more information, contact:

PAULA FRAY
Regional Director – Africa
Email: pfray@ips.org
Tel: + 27 11 325 2671
www.ipsnews.net/africa
www.ips.org

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