ilissafrica> Guide to African newspapers and newspapers on Africa

African Newspapers

 Online access via:

  • AllAfrica aggregates and produces 2000 news items daily from over 130 African news organizations, they operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Lagos, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC.
  • Others are Panapress and Afrol News
  • Nordic Africa
    Institute’s “A Guide to Africa on the Internet” under the headings links sorted by subject “News and media” or sorted by country or region.
  • Stanford: African Newspapers by Country
  • Stanford: African Newspapers continent-wide
  • World-newspapers -> Africa

Adresses and Links in printed books:

  • Africa south of the Sahara 2012, 41st ed., London : Routledge (Europa regional surveys of the world); has country entries with a section on “The Press”.
  • The African studies companion : a guide to information sources. / Zell, Hans M.. – 4th rev.and expanded ed. – London [u.a.] : Zell, 200; chapter 10 “News Sources for Africa”, p.299 and chapter 11 “The African Press”, pp. 306-357.

Further guides to African newspapers:

 African Newspapers in German libraries:

 African Newspapers in Europe:

  • For newspapers of anglophone countries the collections of the British Library are strong, see their guide
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France, Press department

 African Newspapers in the U.S.:

  • The core of the Cooperative African Newspapers Project is the African Newspapers Union List (AFRINUL), a centralized electronic database of holdings information for newspapers (all formats and all languages) published in sub-Saharan Africa. AFRINUL currently consolidates holdings information for collections in North America, and will expand to include holdings in Africa, Europe, and elsewhere.

News digests:

  • see the overview of Florida, e.g. of the EIU Country Reports to follow the economic and political development in a country
  • UN news channel “IRIN – Integrated Regional Information Network, Humanitarian News and Analysis” monitors Africa  and publishes daily reports and news

News feeds aggregated:

  • ilissAfrica’s Netvibes dashboard “Africa news” with RSS-feeds of allAfrica, BBC, NYT, CNN, Human Rights Watch, VOA, Reuters, IRIN, ODI, …
  • ASC Leiden’s Netvibes dashboard has more RSS-feeds from individual African newspapers
  • many newspapers have a Twitter-account and they can be aggrregated with “lists”, e.g. from ilissAfrica or LSE


Newspapers on Africa


  • LexisNexis [toll access] with important German and international newspapers, also includes The Times (South Africa),  Africa Ne
  • Library PressDisplay [toll access], 1.700 newspapers from 92 countries as digital copies of the printed versions (last 60 days).
  • WISO-Net [toll access], German resources.
  • German National Licences with 19th Century British Library Newspapers, America’s Historical Newspapers, Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006, Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers , The Times Digital Archive 1785 – 1900, …
  • Historical press clippings of the Archives of Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv (HWWA) and Wirtschaftsarchiv des Instituts für Weltwirtschaft (IfW) with a focus on “Deutsch-Südwestafrika” and “Abessinien”
  • Innsbrucker Zeitungsarchiv zur deutsch- und fremdsprachigen Literatur – IZA with articles on African literature and authors.
  • Africa-wide NiPAD [toll access], database „Media Africa”
  • ilissAfrica websites

Global news agencies with Africa section:

Literature on newspapers and journalism in Africa:


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