African journalists from the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists pose along the USFSP Waterfront.

Visiting African journalists to participate in public forum

USF St. Petersburg and the U.S. State Department’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists will sponsor a public forum on African-American and African journalism on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at the University Student Center Ballroom, 200 6th Ave. S.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will feature a panel discussion involving distinguished African-American journalists from the Tampa Bay area and representatives from a visiting delegation of noted African journalists.

The panelists will discuss their experiences and challenges practicing journalism in their respective settings. The forum is free and open to the public.

The Tampa Bay journalists participating in the panel discussion will be Dalia Colon, WUSF multi-media reporter/producer; Eric Deggans, National Public Radio TV critic; Boyzell Hosey, Tampa Bay Times Director of Photography/Multi-media; Ivan Penn, Tampa Bay Times business writer; and Erica Riggins, Bay News 9 morning anchor.

The panel discussion is part of a program hosted by the USF St. Petersburg Department of Journalism and Media Studies for 12 African journalists Oct. 31 to Nov. 6. The Edward R. Murrow program brings emerging journalism leaders from around the world to study journalistic practices in the the United States in a public-private partnership involving the Department of State, the Aspen Institute and several prominent schools of journalism throughout the nation.

After initial sessions in Washington, DC, the participants attend academic seminars and field activities with faculty and students at various schools of journalism.

“The opportunity to host these distinguished journalists from Africa is evidence of the international impact of our program in journalism and media studies,’’ said Vivian Fueyo, interim Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Deni Elliott, Eleanor Poyner Jamison Chair in Media Ethics and Press Policy and chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, said the opportunity to exchange ideas is what makes the Murrow Program so exciting. “We can learn a great deal from each other about how journalism is evolving globally in the digital age,’’ she said.