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A group of journalists and government officials from Africa spent time at Minot State University today.

The seven men and one woman from Africa are spending three weeks in the US, learning about the relationship between government and the media.

They've been in Washington DC and New York, and will be off to New Orleans after their visit to Minot concludes.

Today, they met with members of the print and television press, plus a blogger and an expert in whistle-blower laws and procedures.

The group expressed interest in learning how to gain public support in their countries for stories they uncover about corruption in business or government.

The administrative interpreter for the group says the idea is to change the perception of America in places like Africa.

(Jonathan Christ, Administrative Interpreter) "What they get in their countries is usually filtered through newspapers, media, films, things like that, so the idea is to bring them here and show them first-hand a learning experience to change perceptions. They meet all kinds of different people they've never contacted before. They see institutions that can often give them ideas about what to take back home to implement in their own countries."

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