Immediacy and openness in a digital Africa: Networked-convergent journalisms in Kenya

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    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)674-691
    JournalJournalism
    Volume12
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

    Bibliographical note

    Author's note: • Based on this article, the author was invited to give a presentation titled ‘Immediacy and Openness in a Digital Africa’ at the Africa-UK Journalism Education Exchange Network at the University of Bedfordshire in mid April 2012, under the auspices of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (http://www.unesco-ci.org/ipdcprojects/content/africa-uk-journalism-education-exchange-network).
    • The author’s involvement in this work is also linked to co-editorship of a related book, Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practises and Emerging Cultures - part of Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Online-Journalism-Africa-Practices-Internationalizing/dp/0415503744).
    Rigour
    • The author uses a selection of apt primary data to exemplify how existing theoretical and conceptual perspectives can be applied to an African context – so the article builds on the material from the better known to the less known.
    Originality
    • The author’s application of the theories of convergence and networked journalism, with a slant on the concepts of immediacy and openness, to a specific African setting provides a fresh insight in the research area.
    • Specific practises and trends in online journalism is a relatively new area of scholarly research so this article, part of a journal’s special issue, is one of the initial publications in this area – providing new insights.

    Keywords

    • alternative journalism
    • convergence
    • genre analysis
    • Kenya
    • mobile journalism (mojo)
    • networked journalism
    • online journalism

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