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International Visitor Leadership Program Leads Journalists to MJ-School

October 31, 2017
Hussman School of Media and Journalism

Eighteen journalists from 17 African countries are coming to the UNC School of Media and Journalism on Wednesday, Nov. 1, as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program under the auspices of the U.S. State Department.

The program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with Raleigh’s International Focus, will show the visiting journalists how the MJ-school prepares its students to use technology and data in reporting. The journalists will also explore the role of student newspapers, such as The Daily Tar Heel, in reporting news important to students. In addition, the group will meet with both the UNC African Studies Center and “MEJO 180: Foundations of Photojournalism” students.

“Having IVLP groups visit the school gives our students the chance to meet and interact with communication professionals from around the world,” said Michael Penny, the director of global, immersive and professional programs for the MJ-school. “By inviting the IVLP participants into these classes, our professors are able to bring a tangible global context into their teaching.”

The exchange program started almost eight decades ago, in the midst of World War II, to connect the United States with rising professionals in foreign countries. Since its inception in 1940, it has brought more than 200,000 visiting professionals to the United States and invites more than 4,000 new visitors each year.

The school hosts five or six groups from the exchange program each year — including, for the past 10 years, a group of participants in the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. In November 2016, the MJ-school hosted a group of journalists from East Asia and the Pacific as a part of the Murrow Program.

Here are the 18 journalists visiting the MJ-school this November:


  • Joao de Almeida Domingos
    News director | Radio MFM Radio Station


Burkina Faso


  • Loveline Enjeh
    Deputy editor | Anecdote Media Group

Equatorial Guinea

  • Nilo Ndong Nsue



  • Arnold Chachacha Munthali
    Editor | Blantyre Newspapers Limited



Republic of the Congo


  • Emmanuel Rutayisire
    Officer, media professionalism development


South Africa





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