'Wiring' African newsrooms: the internet and mainstream print journalism practice in Zimbabwe

Mabweazara, H. M. (2011) 'Wiring' African newsrooms: the internet and mainstream print journalism practice in Zimbabwe. In: Wachanga, D. N. (ed.) Cultural Identity and New Communication Technologies: Political, Ethnic and Ideological Implications. IGI Global, pp. 144-162. ISBN 9781609605919 (doi: 10.4018/978-1-60960-591-9.ch008)

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This chapter uses a qualitative case study approach to critically examine the appropriations of the Internet by Zimbabwean mainstream print media journalists. It draws on social constructivist approaches to technology and the sociology of journalism to highlight the impact of the Internet on practices and professionalism. The chapter argues that the deployment of the Internet by Zimbabwean journalists (and indeed in Africa at large) is relative and contingent upon the ‘internal’ newsroom context(s) and the wider socio-political and economic circumstances in which the journalists operate. Among other functions, the technology shapes the mainstream press’ news agenda as well as avails information often censored by government. However, as the chapter shall demonstrate, the use of the Internet is replete with ethical and professional implications.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:eISBN: 9781609605926.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mabweazara, Dr Hayes
Authors: Mabweazara, H. M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:IGI Global

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