Staffing has also changed at the bureaus that still exist. Rice noted that outlets are making concerted efforts to hire journalists native to a given region, replacing the model in which a handful of American correspondents relied on the local knowledge and language skills of a single fixer.

All three panelists agreed they see more African bylines than ever in America media and that, for Africa and America both, that’s a good thing.

Erika Fry is a former assistant editor at CJR.