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ICTs and radio in Africa: how the uptake of ICT has influenced the newsroom culture among community radio journalists

Nassaga, Goretti Linda, Manyozo, Linje and Lopes, Claudia (2013) ICTs and radio in Africa: how the uptake of ICT has influenced the newsroom culture among community radio journalists. Telematics and Informatics, 30 (3). pp. 258-266. ISSN 07365853

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Abstract

This article highlights the influence that new ICTs and Computer Mediated Communication is having on the newsroom cultures among community radio journalists in Africa, especially the use of mobile phones and the internet. The discussion is based on findings from a research study that investigated the impact of ICTs on community radio using regional case studies from three African countries-Mozambique, Uganda, and Mali. We argue that the integration of ICTs impacted journalism practice positively as it improved information gathering, processing, distribution, storage, and engagement with the communities, particularly through the use of mobile phones and the internet. However, the synergy with rural community radios that tend to be located in remote areas is yet to be felt in the three countries. While the community radio stations in semi-urban areas or those situated in areas with fairly good infrastructure have better capacity for integration of ICTs and their sustainability, the rural-based community radio stations are greatly inhibited in their integration of new ICT due to lack of the electricity or regular power supply, the high fees charged by the service providers (internet and telephone), as well as the high cost for the ICT equipment, maintenance expenses and operational costs. The article calls for more support for infrastructural development to rural-based community radio stations to close the rural-urban gap and to enable the journalists working there to benefit from ICT integration like their counterparts in the semi-urban and urban community radios

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/telematics-and-in...
Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Departments > Social Psychology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 12:37
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/48147/

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