Journalism and Social Media in Africa: Studies in Innovation and Transformation

1st Edition

Chris Paterson

Routledge
Published December 10, 2014
Reference - 136 Pages
ISBN 9780415745260 - CAT# Y161593

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Summary

Through innovative research studies and expert commentaries, this book documents the fast evolving invention of the relationship between the millions of social media and mobile phone users around Africa and traditional purveyors of news. Whilst social media demonstrates an unprecedented ability for the politically engaged to both bypass and influence traditional information flows, it also faces unique circumstances through much of Africa. Signs of social change brought by mobile technology are evident around the continent, raising questions about the nature of information exchange and citizenship. Working from a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies, the contributors to this collection address key questions emerging from rapid communication change in Africa. This book reveals how new, participatory, interactive communications technologies are enabling new tellings of Africa’s stories.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies.

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