The Talking Drum is an aspect of the rich cultural heritage of Africa, an hour-glass shaped drum that is played to mimic human speech. In ancient times, the drum was used to communicate to communities concerning events or even warn them of impending danger without being perceptible by foreigners – the talking drum was the voice of the community. It is appropriate that this year’s youth newsroom for the World Press Freedom Day being held in Africa reflects the African culture and serves as the voice of journalists.

The Talking Drum (TTD) is a group of practicing journalists and journalism students from various countries with diverse cultures across the globe including Morocco, Algeria, Palestine, USA, Ghana, Togo, Indonesia, Israel, among other countries responsible for news generation and content management of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day which is to keep target audience updated.

The 2018 edition of the World Press Freedom Day is a 4-day long programme starting from Tuesday 1st May to Thursday 4th May, 2018 and is on the theme: “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”. This will be held in Kempinski Hotel, Accra, Ghana.

The Talking Drum (TTD), which is the 2018’s youth newsroom holds in high esteem ethical standards, commitments, creativity, and spontaneity in creating the E-magazine and other content.

The Talking Drum Team

Noel Nutsugah (Editor In Chief / Managing Editor)

Mary Selikem Segbefia (Deputy Chief Editor)

PHOTOGRAPHERS/VIDEOGRAPHERS

Sung Park (Head Photographer) Samah Wattad, Ezzelden Al-Natour, Abel Sumo Gayvolor, Karamatu Abdul Malike, Lawson Kwame Lugu, Mumuni Al-Hadar

AUDIO

Desmond Lamptey (Head, Audio), Selorm Solomon Nyamalor, Khadija Mohammed, Michael Boateng, Sravya Tadepalli, Morgan Krakow, Mohamdi Adidi Amel, Alec Cowan, Belazouzi A. Nohaila

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLERS

Veronika Kaban (Head of Social Media Handlers), Nashya Tamara, Hilda Dansowa Ohemeng, Ghassan Mhaifid, Mahmoud Adameh

WRITERS

Chris Chavez PhD (Head of Writers), Sarah Gyamfua-Dah, Anita Delight Danquah, Alfreda Owusu Asiamah, Tokinai Lelugnim  Romeo, Eugene Brown Agyei, Ruben K. Amenyedor, Lily Cox-Skall, Anne Amegbeha, Mylo Emmanuel Dadzie, Jennifer Amoah, Maame Birago Darko, Drake A. Hills

RESEARCHERS

Erica Ehiamah (Head of Research), Theophilus Peculiar,

IT/DESIGNER

Richard Kwasi Opong (Head of IT)

Contact: thetalkingdrum2018@gmail.com or ttd@thetalkingdrum.info