Reporting Africa: Problems and Perspecitives

Franks, Suzanne (2005) Reporting Africa: Problems and Perspecitives. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC) (Special Issue). ISSN 1744-6716. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The paper argues that over the past thirty years there has been a steady decline in the attention Western media have given to reporting Africa. And the end of the cold war has exacerbated this lack of interest. When sub-Saharan Africa is covered in the news it is uniformly as a tale of disaster and conflict. There is rarely much context or background in the reports. In part this is due to changing priorities in news coverage but also part of the wider trend of the disappearance of TV current affairs on mainstream channels in the UK. It argues that if in 2005 British politicians are seeking to reinvent our perceptions of Africa and the way that the West engages with it, then the role of the media and the stories it reports on Africa will have a pivotal role in that process.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: ISSN 1744-6708 (Print); 1744-6716 (Online)
Uncontrolled keywords: Reporting Africa, stereotypes, foreign reporting, news, disaster news
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Suzie Westhead
Date Deposited: 31 May 2009 07:14
Last Modified: 31 May 2009 07:14
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