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Participatory Politics and Citizen Journalism in a Networked Africa

A Connected Continent

  • Bruce Mutsvairo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Recapturing Citizen Journalism: Processes and Patterns

  3. Recapturing Production Practices

  4. Prospects, Promises and Pitfalls

  5. Perceptions and Critiques

About this book


This book investigates the role of citizen journalism in railroading social and political changes in sub-Saharan Africa. Case studies are drawn from research conducted by leading scholars from the fields of media studies, journalism, anthropology and history, who uniquely probe the real impact of technologies in driving change in Africa.


Journalism citizen politics ethics Africa Framing journalism journalists media media studies Propaganda radio

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruce Mutsvairo
    • 1
  1. 1.Northumbria UniversityUK

About the editors

Farooq Kperogi, Kennesaw State University, USA Kristin Skare Orgeret, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway George Ogola, University of Central Lancashire, UK Mike Owuor, Nation Media Group, Kenya Susana Salgado, University of Lisbon, Portugal Erika Rodrigues, UX, Information Technologies Ltd., Mozambique Winston Mano, University of Westminster, UK Terje Skjerdal, NLA University College, Kristiansand, Norway Everette Ndlovu, University of Salford, UK Wallace Chuma, University of Cape Town, South Africa Viola Candice Milton, University of South Africa Joseph Mujere, University of Zimbabwe Glenda Daniels, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Last Moyo, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe Mirjam de Bruijn, Leiden University, Netherlands Ibrahim Shaw, Northumbria University, UK Cleophas Taurai Muneri, University of New Mexico, USA Anya Schiffrin, Columbia University, USA Wesley Mwatwara, University of Zimbabwe

Bibliographic information


"This book's distinctive feature remains its ability to provide case-by-case analysis of citizen journalism's increasingly influential role in democratizing political institutions across sub-Saharan Africa, backing empirically-driven cases of Anglophone scholarship with critical examination of contemporary trends within the continent's French-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries." Christian Agbobli, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada.

"This book offers a first-hand, comprehensive and in-depth account of various aspects of what is labelled 'citizen journalism' in Sub-Saharan Africa. Based on an exploration of a wide range of countries and practices, it shows splendidly what has changed and what has not, insofar as the way through which information is disseminated amongst citizens and within the media systems since the arrival of the Internet, social networks and the mobile phones on the continent. An essential reading for anyone interested in social change in contemporary Africa." Marie-Soleil Frère, National Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium.

"The rapid growth of internet usage in Africa, overwhelmingly through mobile phones, has brought new communicative opportunities to millions of people across the continent. This ground-breaking volume brings together a wide range of articles exploring the impact of these developments on journalism, politics, health, agriculture, social inequality and human rights. Both the geographical and the conceptual scope of the contributions are extremely impressive, with studies ranging from the still-born attempt to repeat the Arab Spring in Ethiopia to the impact of new media in Lusophone Africa. Bruce Mutsvairo is to be congratulated on bringing together such a strong collection of original studies which will be of great value to scholars of media and communication, political science, and all interested in social change in Africa." Colin Sparks, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.