The Nairobi Hub: Emerging patterns of how foreign correspondents frame citizen journalists and social media

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Abstract

A sizable portion of our everyday knowledge about sub-Saharan Africa comes from the work of international news reporters on the continent. The profession of foreign correspondent constituted itself around a group of privileged witnesses of history, often immersed in a mythological aura, but the emergence of digital media has established some tension around a destructuration-restructuration of the journalistic field. The rhetoric of the pro-am revolution signifies the end of an era for international journalism due to the rise of citizen journalism. This research assesses how professional international news reporters are repositioning themselves in a transforming communicative environment, and how they interpret their own occupation and the role of rising actors in the transnational mediasphere.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)36-49
Number of pages13
JournalEcquid Novi: African Journalism Studies
Volume34
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2013

Keywords

  • citizen journalism
  • foreign correspondents
  • international news reporting
  • multi-dimensional network of correspondences
  • networked journalism
  • social media

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