Voices in Focus: MTV to Cast African New Yorkers for African Interview Show

* MTV Base MEETS, a show that’s broadcast across Africa on MTV satellite and cable channels, features global celebrities being interviewed by a group of young, up-and-coming Africans (as in the video above, where the crew interviews Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote). We got word via the Association of African Journalists and Writers that the show will be casting here in New York City next month:

South African filmmaker Catherine Muller from MTV Base Meets will be in New York in mid-May and is looking to cast 10 young Africans with energy, passion and a keen interest in the world.

Candidates, please be from the following countries: Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan and so on.

MTV Base Meets has secured interviews with supermodel from South Sudan Alek Wek and Russell Simmons and needs 10 dynamic Africans to interview these global icons for their show!

For more information, click here.

* The Filipino Reporter ran an impassioned editorial by Bert Pelayo making the argument that newspapers shouldn’t be given away for free. Fittingly, the editorial was only available in the newspaper’s print edition.

We don’t deny that newspapers, like the economy, are in doldrums, losing ad revenues, downsizing news bureaus, and being gobbled up by media barons.

But the resilient ones survive and refuse to devalue their products by giving copies away.

As one British editor puts it: “Don’t give the stuff away. The industry is going to die if you don’t believe in it.”

* As New York City’s unemployment rate stays stubbornly high, the city’s public library system plans to ramp up its efforts to help job-seekers, the World Journal reported. As well as offering job-seekers coaching, tips, clubs, English as a second language resources and access to the Internet, the New York Public Library plans to actively connect small businesses with job-seekers, the World Journal reported in their coverage of a recent City Council hearing.

* And lastly, we appreciated the coverage today of the Ippies awards from Voice of America!

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