PANN – or the Pan African News Network – is a crowd-sourced news network with a focus on stories from the African Diaspora. Whether its local or international news, PANN bring users the content and encourages its users to become citizen journalists and upload their own stories on the site.
Howard University alumnus Darren Harris – son of New York news legend Reggie Harris – launched PANN late last year with fellow Bison, attorney Quincy Ewell, at the university’s homecoming.
Harris said he was inspired to start PANN after noticing how big stories coming out of the African-American community – and specifically stories about police violence against black citizens.
The free app’s goal is to become the premier hub for news focused on the global black community.
Harris said he and Ewell were inspired to start PANN after noticing how big stories coming out of the African-American community – and specifically stories about police violence against black citizens.
“We thought that the African Diaspora deserved its own television station,” Harris said. “And technology is what’s happening, and we have the power to put out our own stories….We want to encourage journalism. You have a voice.”