Liberian Journalist Off To U. S.

Liberian Journalist Off To U. S.


The Editor-in-Chief of the Independent Authoritative Heritage Newspaper, Mr. Augustus D.R. Bortue, departed the country last Friday, June 13 for the United States of America.

Editor Bortue will be among over 20 journalists from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas who are to attend an Investigative Journalism Program-A Multi-Regional Project.

According to a press release, the participants are invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership program.

The program, which is arranged by Cultural Vistas, runs from June 16,July 5, 2014.

The specific objectives for the project as outlined by the Department of State include to examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy,  develop  an understanding of the standards, practices and institutions of investigative journalism in the United States,  examine the impact of investigative journalism on U.S. history, current politics, and society; and to  examine how media, technologies, and citizen journalism is revitalizing investigative journalism at a time when traditional media outlets are becoming increasingly more concentrated in terms of corporate ownership.