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Date:11/30/2007

mportant international development issues, especially those relating to Africa; and access to development initiatives and key decision-makers.

"This is a rare and valuable opportunity for NABJ members to gain experience in international reporting, while providing a window into this part of the world to U.S. audiences," said Ms. Ciara.

The trip honors the memory of NABJ member Akilah Amapindi, a recent university graduate who had been working on the Student Radio project at the 2005 NABJ Convention in Atlanta. Ms. Amapindi died on the last day of the convention after contracting malaria during an earlier visit to Africa.

"The United Nations is very pleased to partner once again with NABJ in arranging for journalists to cover key development issues," said Djibril Diallo of the United Nations, who also chairs the NABJ World Affairs Task Force. "The journalists will have a great opportunity to see key initiatives and through the media to raise awareness about Senegal's development challenges and achievements."

The NABJ World Affairs Task Force organized the trip in cooperation with the United Nations country team in Senegal and the Government.

During the past two years, NABJ and the United Nations have set up an Internship Program for the U.N. Youth Leadership Summit Series, have collaborated to arrange a press trip to Tanzania in May 2006 so journalists could report on the campaign against malaria and have arranged for a team of student journalists from UNITY: Journalists of Color to cover the United Nations Global Youth Leadership Summit in October 2006.

The NABJ Media Institute International Fellowships for the trip are made possible through support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, The International Reporting Project.

In addition to Ms. Ciara, television news anchor and managing editor with WTKR, Norfolk, Va., NABJ members selected for the press trip include Bob Bu
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