Chalk show— Monrovia


Alfred Sirleaf’s ‘Daily Talk’ newspaper reaches thousands of Liberians every day but only ever produces one copy. How does he do it? By writing the day’s biggest stories on a large blackboard beside

Daily Talk, Newspaper

Like most newspapers, Liberia’s Daily Talk has a slogan. “Reaching the needy with unfolding developments,” it reads, just below the masthead. But the Daily Talk doesn’t look like most newspapers. It’s a blackboard.

For almost a decade Alfred Sirleaf’s blackboard, perched on the pavement beside a busy Monrovia highway, has been delivering breaking news to thousands of readers every day. As many as a dozen stories are chalked onto the board and Sirleaf, an excitable and tenacious journalist, updates his “newspaper” several times a day as he collects…


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