Diane Seligsohn is an American journalist and university lecturer who has lived in Paris for over 3 decades and now divides her time between France and St Petersburg, Florida. Diane received her BA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and her MA from NYU. She began her career in journalism at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s New York office, where she worked for 5 years before moving to France.
As head of information for the international federation of newspaper publishers for two years, she gained knowledge of and insight into press freedom issues. She first visited Africa in 1997, when as Head of Media Relations for the French doctor’s group Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World), she led a press trip to visit the organization’s AIDS prevention and care programs in Uganda and Tanzania. Her work as a reporter for Radio France International and freelance journalism trainer has since taken her to 17 countries across the African continent. She has taught Masters-level courses on the images of Africa in the Western media at the Sorbonne’s journalism School, CELSA and at Sciences-Po Paris.
The pilot episode of her educational documentary film series, The African Slave Trades: Across the Indian Ocean, featuring Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, was shown at the New York African Film Festival.