Online Journalism in Africa
Fig. 1. Online Journalism in Africa. Courtesy of Routledge, 2013.

Routledge published a book titled "Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures" edited by Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara, Okoth Fred Mudhai, and Jason Whittaker.

Publication Data

Mabweazara, Hayes Mawindi; Mudhai, Okoth Fred; & Whittaker, Jason (Eds.). Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures. Routledge, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-415-50374-7.


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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures by Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara, Okoth Fred Mudhai and Jason Whittaker 
Part I: Online vs. Traditional Journalism Practice
1. Back To the Future: Re-invigorating the ‘Newsroom Genre’ to Study Social Media Use in Developing Contexts by Marenet Jordann 
2. The South African Mainstream Press in the Online Environment: Successes, Opportunities and Challenges by Johanna Mavhungu and Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara 
3. Converging Technologies, Converging Spaces, Converging Practices: The Shaping of Digital Cultures and Practices on Radio by Last Moyo 
4. Zimbabwe’s Mainstream Press in the ‘Social Media Age’: Emerging Practices, Cultures and Normative Dilemmas by Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara 
Part II: Ethics and Regulation
5. Online Journalism Under Pressure: An Ethiopian Account by Terje S. Skjerdal 
6. The Use of Social Media as News Sources by South African Political Journalists by Ylva Rodny-Gumede and Nathalie Hyde-Clarke
Part III: Online Journalism and Politics
7. Immediacy and Openness in a Digital Africa: Networked-Convergent Journalisms in Kenya by Okoth Fred Mudhai 
8. Online Journalism, Citizen Participation and Engagement in Egypt by Ahmed El Gody 
9. Online Citizen Journalism and Political Transformation in the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions: A Critical Analysis by Sahar Khamis and Katherine Vaughn 
10. J-Blogging and the ‘Agenda Cutting’ Phenomena in Egypt by Nagwa Abdel Salam Fahmy 
Part IV: Consumption and Networking
11. Online News Media Consumption Cultures among Zimbabwean Citizens: ‘Home and Away’ by Tendai Chari 
12. The Internet, Diasporic Media and Online Journalism in West Africa by Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u 
13. ‘Our Listeners Would Rather Call than Post Messages on Facebook’: New Media and Community Radio in Kenya by George Ogola 
14. Online Forums: How the Voices of Readers are Reshaping the Sphere of Public Debate in Burkina Faso by Marie-Soleil Frere

About the Authors

Hayes Mawindi Mabweazara is currently a Lecturer in Journalism Studies at Falmouth University, UK. His research on the new media and journalism practice in Africa has been published in a number of leading journals and edited books. Mabweazara serves on the editorial board of Digital Journalism and is Book Reviews Editor of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies.

Okoth Fred Mudhai is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism in the Media Department, Coventry University, on a 17-month Post-doctoral Research Associate secondment (2012-14) to the University of Cambridge. He has written extensively, and won awards, on ICTs. His recent publications include two journal articles in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, a number of book chapters and co-editorship of African Media and the Digital Public Sphere.

Jason Whittaker is Head of the Department of Writing at Falmouth University. He has written extensively on William Blake and digital technologies, his most recent works including William Blake and the Digital Humanities and Producing for Web 2.0. He has worked as an editor and journalist for nearly twenty years.

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