Africa's media image in the 21st century : from the "Heart of darkness" to "Africa rising" / edited by Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks, and Chris Paterson.

London ; New York : Routledge, 2017.
xvii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


Summary note
"Africa's Media Image in the 21st Century is the first book in over twenty years to examine the international media's coverage of sub-Saharan Africa. It brings together leading researchers and prominent journalists to explore representation of the continent, and the production of that image, especially by international news media. The book highlights factors that have transformed the global media system, changing whose perspectives are told and the forms of media that empower new voices. Case studies consider questions such as: how has new media changed whose views are represented? Does Chinese or diaspora media offer alternative perspectives for viewing the continent? How do foreign correspondents interact with their audiences in a social media age? What is the contemporary role of charity groups and PR firms in shaping news content? They also examine how recent high profile events and issues been covered by the international media, from the Ebola crisis, and Boko Haram to debates surrounding the "Africa Rising" narrative and neo-imperialism. The book makes a substantial contribution by moving the academic discussion beyond the traditional critiques of journalistic stereotyping, Afro-pessimism, and 'darkest Africa' news coverage. It explores the news outlets, international power dynamics, and technologies that shape and reshape the contemporary image of Africa and Africans in journalism and global culture."--Publisher's description.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction: a new Africa's media image? / Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks, and Chris Paterson
  • Part I. Framing Africa. The international news coverage of Africa: beyond the "single story" / Mel Bunce ; Media perspectives: in defence of Western journalists in Africa / Michela Wrong ; Reporting and writing Africa in a world of unequal encounters / Francis B. Nyamnjoh ; Media perspectives: how does Africa get reported? A letter of concern to 60 minutes / Howard W. French ; How not to write about writing about Africa / Martin Scott ; Bringing Africa home: reflections on discursive practices of domestication in international news reporting on Africa by Belgian television / Stijn Joye ; The image of Africa from the perspectives of the African diasporic press in the UK / Olatunji Ogunyemi
  • Part II. The image makers. Mediating the distant Other for the distant audience: How do Western correspondents in East and Southern Africa perceive their audience? / Toussaint Nothias ; Media perspectives: television reporting of Africa: 30 years on / Zeinab Badawi ; Foreign correspondents in sub-Saharan Africa: their socio-demographics and professional culture / Paulo Nuno Vicente ; Media perspectives: reflecting on my father's legacy in reporting Africa / Salim Amin ; Media perspectives: we're missing the story: the media's retreat from foreign reporting / Anjan Sundaram ; Instagram as a potential platform for alternative Visual Culture in South Africa / Danielle Becker ; Media perspectives: social media and new narratives: Kenyans tweet back / H. Nanjala Nyabola ; A "new Ghana" in "Rising Africa"? / Rachel Flamenbaum
  • Part III. Development and humanitarian stories. Media perspectives: is Africa's development story still stuck on aid? / Eliza Anyangwe ; AIDS in Africa and the British media: shifting images of a pandemic / Ludek Stavinoha ; Media perspectives: a means to an end? Creating a market for humanitarian news from Africa / Heba Aly ; It was a "simple", "positive" story of African self-help (manufactured for a Kenyan NGO by advertising multinationals) / Kate Wright ; Media perspectives: Africa for Norway: challenging stereotypes using humour / Nicklas Poulsen Viki ; Bloggers, celebrities, and economists: news coverage of the Millennium Village Project / Audrey Ariss, Anya Schiffrin, and Michelle Chahine
  • Part IV. Politics in the representation of Africa. Africa through Chinese eyes: new frames or the same old lens? African news in English from China Central Television, compared with the BBC / Vivien Marsh ; Media perspectives: new media and African engagement with the global public sphere / Sean Jacobs ; Shifting power relations, shifting images / Herman Wasserman ; Communicating violence: the media strategies of Boko Haram / Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar ; Perceptions of Chinese media's Africa coverage / James Wan ; New imperialisms, old stereotypes / Chris Paterson ; Nollywood news: African screen media at the intersections of the global and the local / Noah Tsika.
Other title(s)
Africa's media image in the twenty-first century
  • 9781138962323 ((paperback))
  • 1138962325 ((paperback))
  • 9781138962316 ((hardcover))
  • 1138962317 ((hardcover))
Other standard number
  • 40026274853
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