Online Journalism in Africa

Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures

Author: Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara,Okoth Fred Mudhai,Jason Whittaker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113410913X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

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Very little is known about how African journalists are forging "new" ways to practise their profession on the web. Against this backdrop, this volume provides contextually rooted discussions of trends, practices, and emerging cultures of web-based journalism(s) across the continent, offering a comprehensive research tool that can both stand the test of time as well as offer researchers (particularly those in the economically developed Global North) models for cross-cultural comparative research. The essays here deploy either a wide range of evidence or adopt a case-study approach to engage with contemporary developments in African online journalism. This book thus makes up for the gap in cross-cultural studies that seek to understand online journalism in all its complexities.
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Tabloid Journalism in Africa

Author: Brian Chama

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319417363

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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This book provides a timely and important summary of tabloid journalism in Africa, which clearly shows how tabloids in the African context play a unique role in the democratization process. Prior to this book, very little was known about how tabloid journalists operate in Africa. The book first explores the global practice of journalism and then focuses on tabloid journalism – finally situating the discussion within the African context. As well as concentrating on how tabloid journalism can be seen as part of the broader neo-liberal thinking in Africa, in which democracy and freedom of expression is promoted, it also looks at how tabloid journalism practice has been met with resistance from the alliance of forces. Chama draws on examples from across the continent looking at success stories and struggles within the sometime infotainment genre. Tabloid Journalism in Africa concludes that even though challenges exist, there is a strong case to suggest that the practice of tabloid journalism is being readily accepted by many people as part of the unique voices of democracy – even those which might be shocking yet true.
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Theories of Journalism in a Digital Age

Author: Steen Steensen,Laura Ahva

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134841353

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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Given the interdisciplinary nature of digital journalism studies and the increasingly blurred boundaries of journalism, there is a need within the field of journalism studies to widen the scope of theoretical perspectives and approaches. Theories of Journalism in a Digital Age discusses new avenues in theorising journalism, and reassesses established theories. Contributors to this volume describe fresh concepts such as de-differentiation, circulation, news networks, and spatiality to explain journalism in a digital age, and provide concepts which further theorise technology as a fundamental part of journalism, such as actants and materiality. Several chapters discuss the latitude of user positions in the digitalised domain of journalism, exploring maximal–minimal participation, routines–interpretation–agency, and mobility–cross-mediality–participation. Finally, the book provides theoretical tools with which to understand, in different social and cultural contexts, the evolving practices of journalism, including innovation, dispersed gatekeeping, and mediatized interdependency. The chapters in this book were originally published in special issues of Digital Journalism and Journalism Practice.
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The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories

Author: Gerard Goggin,Mark McLelland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317607643

Category: Social Science

Page: 548

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The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories brings together research on the diverse Internet histories that have evolved in different regions, language cultures and social contexts across the globe. While the Internet is now in its fifth decade, the understanding and formulation of its histories outside of an anglophone framework is still very much in its infancy. From Tunisia to Taiwan, this volume emphasizes the importance of understanding and formulating Internet histories outside of the anglophone case studies and theoretical paradigms that have thus far dominated academic scholarship on Internet history. Interdisciplinary in scope, the collection offers a variety of historical lenses on the development of the Internet: as a new communication technology seen in the context of older technologies; as a new form of sociality read alongside previous technologically mediated means of relating; and as a new media "vehicle" for the communication of content.
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Digital Technologies and the Evolving African Newsroom

Towards an African Digital Journalism Epistemology

Author: Hayes Mabweazara

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317584317

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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African newsrooms are experiencing the disruptive impact of new digital technologies on the way they generate and disseminate news. Indeed, newsrooms are being forced to adapt in various ways and there are clear dimensions of localized creativity and adaptations by journalists to the digital revolution. In the same way, the influences of digitization, Internet, and social media are changing the informational needs of readers, including how they engage with news. These developments nonetheless remain on the margins of ‘mainstream’ journalism research – very few researchers have sought to qualitatively capture the implications of developments in digital technologies on the routine practices of African journalists, especially in their ‘natural habitat’, the newsroom. In this light, this edited volume interrogates the changing ecology of newsmaking in Africa in the context of rapid technological changes in newsrooms as well as in the wider social context of news production. It brings together six contributions drawn from five countries: Egypt, Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, to explore practices, challenges and professional normative dilemmas emerging with the adoption and appropriation of new technologies. While the studies point to dimensions of localised new technology appropriations as defined by the complex socio-political structures in which African journalists operate, they are not rigidly confined to Africa. They are expressly in dialogue with theoretical observations largely emerging from Western scholarship. In this sense, the book goes beyond simply mainstreaming African perspectives, it engages directly with dominant theoretical observations and offers a point of departure for developing what could loosely be branded as an African digital journalism epistemology. This book was originally published as a special issue of Digital Journalism.
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The Handbook of Global Online Journalism

Author: Eugenia Siapera,Andreas Veglis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118313941

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 528

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The Handbook to Global Online Journalism features acollection of readings from international practitioners andscholars that represent a comprehensive and state-of-the-artoverview of the relationship between the internet and journalismaround the world. Provides a state-of-the-art overview of current research andfuture directions of online journalism Traces the evolution of journalistic practices, businessmodels, and shifting patterns of journalistic cultures that haveemerged around the world with the migration of news online Written and edited by top international researchers andpractitioners in the area of online journalism Features an extensive breadth of coverage, including economics,organizational practices, contents and experiences Discusses developments in online news in a wide range ofcountries, from the USA to Brazil, and from Germany to China Contains original theory, new research data, and reviews ofexisting studies in the field
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Digital Technology and Journalism

An International Comparative Perspective

Author: Jingrong Tong,Shih-Hung Lo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319550268

Category: Social Science

Page: 367

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This edited volume discusses the theoretical, practical and methodological issues surrounding changes in journalism in the digital era. The chapters explore how technological innovations have transformed journalism and how an international comparative perspective can contribute to our understanding of the topic. Journalism is examined within Anglo-American and European contexts as well as in Asia and Africa, and comparative approaches and methods for journalism studies in the digital age are evaluated. In so doing, the book offers a thorough investigation of changes in journalistic norms, practices and genres in addition to providing an international and comparative perspective for understanding these changes and what they mean to journalism. Written by both leading scholars and media practitioners in the field, the articles in this collection are based on theoretical frameworks and empirical data, drawn from content analysis of newspaper and online coverage, in-depth interviews with news practitioners, observation on the websites of news organisations and analysis of journalists on Twitter. The result is a cohesive compilation that offers the reader an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of digital developments in journalism and comparative journalism studies.
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Tech Giants, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Journalism (Open Access)

Author: Jason Paul Whittaker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351013734

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

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This book examines the impact of the "Big Five" technology companies – Apple, Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft – on journalism and the media industries. It looks at the current role of algorithms and artificial intelligence in curating how we consume media and their increasing influence on the production of the news. Exploring the changes that the technology industry and automation have made in the past decade to the production, distribution and consumption of news globally, the book considers what happens to journalism once it is produced and enters the media ecosystems of the internet tech giants – and the impact of social media and AI on such things as fake news in the post-truth age. The audience for this book are students and researchers working in the field of digital media, and journalism studies or media studies more generally. It will also be useful to those who are looking for extended case studies of the role taken by tech giants such as Facebook and Google in the fake news scandal, or the role of Jeff Bezos in transforming The Washington Post. The full title is available Open Access from the following site: www.taylorfrancis.com.
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Science and technology in Africa

Author: Ibulaimu Kakoma

Publisher: Africa World Pr

ISBN: 9781592211128

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 628

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Africa has been grappling with the question of modernity and modernization for a long time. This quest for modernity, one that is at once global and distinctly African, intensified during the twentieth century, a period that was marked by colonialism, decolonization, and independence, and has become more urgent in the new millennium. Modernity is a profoundly intellectual, cultural, political and economic process and project. It entails, among other things, the ascendancy of science and technology for the productive mobilization and management of resources. In an increasingly knowledge- based global economy, the power of scientific and technological skills is more important than ever. This volume examines Africa's scientific and technological literacy, production, and consumption. Specifically, it focuses on the constraints and challenges, opportunities and developments, and the vision and strategies required to promote the advancement of information technology and biotechnology in Africa in this so-called new age of knowledge economies and globalization. The essays combine concerns for scientific research and policy relevance with academic discourse and development practice, and collectively, they help advance our understanding of the challenges, conditions, and contexts-infrastructural, political, economic, legal, cultural, and social-of science and technology development in Africa.
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