Bibliographical noteAuthor'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).
• 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.
• 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.
- alternative journalism
- genre analysis
- mobile journalism (mojo)
- networked journalism
- online journalism