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Renewed hope: Stunning package on women fish processors in Africa

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Introducing a grant-funded year-long series on the pandemic’s impact on women in Africa’s least developed nations, this ambitious multiformat project tells the uplifting story of the women fish processors of Bargny, Senegal, and their tale of survival amid the economic hardships imposed by the pandemic.

The package exemplified the very best in AP all-formats storytelling: stunning visual journalism complementing the reporting and driving readers and viewers deeper into the story of the women’s cooperative work to support a community through the toughest of times.

The Dakar-based West Africa team of photographer Leo Correa,correspondent Carley Petesch and senior producer Yesica Fisch initially spent weeks working tirelessly to make contacts and gain the trust of the women as they waited for the fishing season to finally begin. Their reporting let the women’s voices tell their story — and the visuals put you on the beach as they work laying out the catch, smoking the fish under smoldering peanut shells.

Deep storytelling like this also took a team of editors and producers to make the work sing. Digital storytelling producer Nat Castañeda,deputy news director/U.S. South Janelle Cogan,Beirut-based producer Hend Kortam and chief photographer/Africa Jerome Delay collaborated across continents and were essential to the success of the package,delivering video edits,photo galleries, digital production and text tailored to meet client needs.

Major European client France24’s Journal d’Afrique editor wrote: “The visuals of the Senegal story are among the best I’ve seen in recent years from one of the main agencies.”

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