Reconnoitering the role of (citizen) journalism ethics in the emerging networked public sphere

Mutsvairo, Bruce, Columbus, Simon and Leijendekker, Iris (2014) Reconnoitering the role of (citizen) journalism ethics in the emerging networked public sphere. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 35 (3). pp. 4-22. ISSN 0256-0054

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Citizen journalism is emerging as a powerful phenomenon across Africa. The rise of digitally networked technologies is reshaping reporting across the continent. This change is technological (with social media platforms enabling new forms of publishing, receiving and discussing stories) as well as cultural, with idiosyncratic conventions emerging on these platforms. This study surveys the ethical beliefs of citizen journalists in several sub-Saharan African countries. The research showed that they are driven by a sense of social responsibility and a wish to inform their readers and the general public. Citizen journalists show a clear anti-authoritarian strain and an antipathy towards government regulation, yet most see themselves as subject to the same ethics that guide traditional journalism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa, democracy, ethics, journalism, politics, Zimbabwe
Subjects: P500 Journalism
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 09:10
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:41

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