Africa News Service

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Alternate Names: AllAfrica Global Media
Duration: Africa News Service 1973 - 2000 (successor still exists)
Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States


Africa News Service (ANS) was founded in 1973 as a non-profit U.S. news agency. It is a leading information source on Africa in the United States, working in partnership with African news agencies and periodicals to make available current and background materials on all aspects of African life, politics, and culture. Through its efforts, coverage of Africa has been more frequent, more substantive, and more accurate, filling a vital gap for policy makers, educators, journalists, diplomats, scientists, religious groups, development analysts, and business and labor leaders. Widely known for its periodical Africa News, the award-winning ANS also prepares special articles and series for major newspapers and broadcast programs and provides behind-the-scenes consultation and briefing for news agencies and individual journalists. Keeping pace with innovative computer technologies, ANS shifted in 1993 from print to electronic publication by establishing Africa News Online. Through this on-line service, ANS engages in computerized news gathering and distribution and e-mail communications with reporters in Africa. Located in Durham, N.C., ANS was led by a trio of Duke University graduates: Executive Director Bertie Howard, Executive Editor Tamela Hultman, and President and Managing Editor Reed Kramer. All three have a history of support for African liberation struggles, and much of ANS coverage related to that struggle and the international solidarity movement. In 1999, AllAfrica Global Media was formed as the successor to ANS, and was based in Washington, D.C. The AllAfrica website includes the archive of Africa News Online articles dating from 1997. (Source: Preliminary Inventory of the Africa News Service on the Duke University Libraries website and All Africa website.)

Organizational Archive


Title: Africa News Service
Time Span: 1952 - 1998
Media: 606.6 Linear Feet, 439,500 items
Description: The LeRoy T. Walker Africa News Service Archive is an extensive resource file assembled by ANS over the course of two decades in support of its news gathering efforts about Africa-related issues and U. S. foreign policy towards Africa. The collection spans the years from approximately 1960 to 1995, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1978 through 1994. Newspaper clippings, magazine articles, press releases, newsletters, brochures, and reports comprise the collection. Much of the material is gathered from mainstream media sources and government documentation in the United States, Europe, Africa, and other parts of the world. In addition, the collection includes significant resources from alternative, minority, and special interest presses world-wide that may be difficult to locate elsewhere. This includes material published by numerous U.S. solidarity and anti-apartheid organizations in the section "U.S. - Africa groups." The archive contains scarce and difficult-to-locate materials such as numerous publications produced by non-governmental organizations and grass-roots/community groups that are/were involved in efforts related to independence movements, economic development, and human rights issues in Africa.
Housed At: Duke University Libraries: Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Location: 103 Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708-0185, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Restrictions: One accession of the collection has usage restrictions. Contact a reference librarian for more information. In addition, some of the materials in this collection are not immediately accessible, because they require further processing before use. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights form before using this collection. Also, all or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. Consequently, there may be a 24-hour delay in obtaining these materials.
Phone: (919) 660-5822
Reference Email: special-collections@duke.edu
Related Website: http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/index.html