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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Network of African Water Journalists Launched

A network aiming to boost the quality and quantity of reporting on water issues in African countries was launched on 22 March in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Africa Water Journalists Network brings together more than 1,000 journalists who will be able to share information and story ideas through a forum on the network's website.

Later this year the network will begin producing an Internet-based newsletter called the Water Chronicle. Through this, the network's organisers intend to provide contributing journalists with on-the-job training.

James Dorsey of the Wall Street Journal, a US newspaper, and Rupert Wright of the UK-based Sunday Times will act as editors.

Speaking at the network's launch, Dorsey said that without access to clean water and sanitation, a developing country could not progress.

SciDev.Net

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