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Nothias, T. & Cheruiyot, D. (2019). A “Hotbed” of Digital Empowerment?: Media Criticism in Kenya Between Playful Engagement and Co-Option. International Journal of Communication, 13, 136-159
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A “Hotbed” of Digital Empowerment?: Media Criticism in Kenya Between Playful Engagement and Co-Option
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Communication, ISSN 1932-8036, E-ISSN 1932-8036, Vol. 13, p. 136-159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Much has been written about the production and textual features of international media portrayals of Africa, but very little about how audiences on the continent perceive such coverage. This study fills this gap by investigating a campaign led by Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) to challenge CNN's portrayals of their country. Our analysis of the most prominent tweets, images, and users reveals the various strategies adopted by Kenyan audiences to criticize Western representations. This criticism, we argue, constitutes a form of metajournalistic discourse, which should not be reduced to a single story of digital empowerment. While contesting long-standing stereotypes and inequalities shaping global media narratives, this criticism recreates an image of Kenya aligned with a corporate project of nation branding that uplifts the voices and perspectives of digitally connected Nairobi-based elites. In response, we call for greater consideration of the interplay of global and local power relations in which such digital practices are embedded.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Los Angeles, CA: University of Southern California, 2019
Keywords
digital empowerment, Kenya, media criticism, media representation, metajournalistic discourse, nation branding, Twitter
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70668 (URN)000457614500008 ()2-s2.0-85067701195 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-01-04 Created: 2019-01-04 Last updated: 2019-07-10Bibliographically approved
Cheruiyot, D., Baack, S. & Ferrer Conill, R. (2019). Data Journalism Beyond Legacy Media: The case of African and European Civic Technology Organizations. Digital Journalism, 1-15
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Data Journalism Beyond Legacy Media: The case of African and European Civic Technology Organizations
2019 (English)In: Digital Journalism, ISSN 2167-0811, E-ISSN 2167-082X, p. 1-15Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Research has paid relatively little attention to two aspects that are increasingly important in understanding data journalism as a maturing field: (a) journalism today is increasingly provided by a diverse set of actors both inside and outside of legacy media organizations, and (b) data journalism has become a global phenomenon that cannot be fully grasped within national contexts only. Our article brings both of these aspects together and investigates the roles and practices of peripheral actors in European and African contexts. We engage with research on the role of non-profits and civic technologists in journalism to interrogate further the entanglements between civic technology organizations and data journalism. Following in-depth interviews with 29 practitioners of data-driven non-profits in Europe and Africa, we conclude that practices and roles of these non-profits in relation to journalism are similar, but transcultural and contextual influences shape how they complement or expand data journalism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
Civic technology organizations, data journalism, journalism practice, legacy news media, non-profits
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71709 (URN)10.1080/21670811.2019.1591166 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-04-04 Created: 2019-04-04 Last updated: 2019-05-23Bibliographically approved
Cheruiyot, D. & Uppal, C. (2019). Pan-Africanism as a laughing matter: (Funny) expressions of African identity on Twitter. Journal of African Media Studies, 11(2), 257-274, Article ID 18.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pan-Africanism as a laughing matter: (Funny) expressions of African identity on Twitter
2019 (English)In: Journal of African Media Studies, ISSN 2040-199X, E-ISSN 1751-7974, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 257-274, article id 18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Pan-Africanism, a concept that attempts to capture the essence of being an African, needs to be reconsidered in the age of social media. In this article, we examine how Twitter users negotiate the question of African identity through humorous hashtagdriven conversations. We specifically question whether a new kind of Pan-Africanism is emerging on Africa’s Twitterverse through the use of a popular hashtag in 2015, #IfAfricaWasABar. In our analysis of tweets linked to #IfAfricaWasABar, we conclude that Twitter provides temporary solidarity by engaging users in humorous exchanges regarding the sociocultural, political and economic issues that define the African continental condition today.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Intellect Ltd., 2019
Keywords
#IfAfricaWasABar, Pan-Africanism, Twitter, globalization, humour, identity
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74492 (URN)10.1386/jams.11.2.257_1 (DOI)000482129400007 ()
Available from: 2019-08-23 Created: 2019-08-23 Last updated: 2019-09-16Bibliographically approved
Nothias, T. & Cheruiyot, D. (2018). A 'Hotbed' of Digital Empowerment?: Media Criticism in Kenya: Between Playful Engagement and Co-option (Stuart Hall Award 2018 Winner). In: Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World. Paper presented at The International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR), June 20-24, 2018, Eugene, Oregon.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A 'Hotbed' of Digital Empowerment?: Media Criticism in Kenya: Between Playful Engagement and Co-option (Stuart Hall Award 2018 Winner)
2018 (English)In: Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68589 (URN)
Conference
The International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR), June 20-24, 2018, Eugene, Oregon
Available from: 2018-07-17 Created: 2018-07-17 Last updated: 2018-08-16Bibliographically approved
Cheruiyot, D. (2018). Book Review: Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising” by Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks, and Chris Paterson [Review]. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 95(2), 534-536
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Book Review: Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising” by Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks, and Chris Paterson
2018 (English)In: Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, ISSN 1077-6990, E-ISSN 2161-430X, Vol. 95, no 2, p. 534-536Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66840 (URN)10.1177/1077699018763308 (DOI)000434026200021 ()
Available from: 2018-03-24 Created: 2018-03-24 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved
Cheruiyot, D., Baack, S. & Ferrer Conill, R. (2018). Data journalism at the periphery of news media: A comparative study of African and European practices. In: The Annual SACOMM Conference 2018: "Communication at a Crossroads". Paper presented at SACOMM 2018 at the University of Johannesburg, 12-14 September 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Data journalism at the periphery of news media: A comparative study of African and European practices
2018 (English)In: The Annual SACOMM Conference 2018: "Communication at a Crossroads", 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69726 (URN)
Conference
SACOMM 2018 at the University of Johannesburg, 12-14 September 2018
Available from: 2018-10-19 Created: 2018-10-19 Last updated: 2019-02-07Bibliographically approved
Cheruiyot, D. & Komen, L. (2018). Exit M4D, Enter Data4D?: Exploring the potential for data-driven development. In: : . Paper presented at 6th International Conference on M4D Mobile Communication Technology for Development: M4D 2018, 15-16 November 2018, Kampala, Uganda.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exit M4D, Enter Data4D?: Exploring the potential for data-driven development
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Data, Data4D, Development, Empowerment, Kenya, Mobile for Development, M4D, Mobile media, Participatory development
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70666 (URN)
Conference
6th International Conference on M4D Mobile Communication Technology for Development: M4D 2018, 15-16 November 2018, Kampala, Uganda
Available from: 2019-01-04 Created: 2019-01-04 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Cheruiyot, D. & Ferrer Conill, R. (2018). Extract. Inject. Repeat.: Expanding journalistic practice through civic technologies and data journalism. In: Nordic Data Journalism Conference (NODA18): “The second wave of data journalism research”. Paper presented at NODA18, Nordic Data Journalism, 15-17 March 2018, Södertörn University, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Extract. Inject. Repeat.: Expanding journalistic practice through civic technologies and data journalism
2018 (English)In: Nordic Data Journalism Conference (NODA18): “The second wave of data journalism research”, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66842 (URN)
Conference
NODA18, Nordic Data Journalism, 15-17 March 2018, Södertörn University, Sweden
Available from: 2018-03-24 Created: 2018-03-24 Last updated: 2018-05-17Bibliographically approved
Cheruiyot, D. & Ferrer Conill, R. (2018). Extract. Inject. Repeat.: Expanding journalistic practice through civic technologies and data journalism. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Data Journalism Conference NODA18 15-17 March Stockholm.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Extract. Inject. Repeat.: Expanding journalistic practice through civic technologies and data journalism
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67222 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Data Journalism Conference NODA18 15-17 March Stockholm
Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved
Cheruiyot, D. & Ferrer Conill, R. (2018). “Fact-Checking Africa”: Epistemologies, data and the expansion of journalistic discourse. Digital Journalism, 6(8), 964-975
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Fact-Checking Africa”: Epistemologies, data and the expansion of journalistic discourse
2018 (English)In: Digital Journalism, ISSN 2167-0811, E-ISSN 2167-082X, Vol. 6, no 8, p. 964-975Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The prominence of “fake news” today has sparked an open challenge to the legitimacy of traditional news media. As a result, a series of independent data-driven organisations are emerging to fact-check legacy news media as well as other news sources. This study examines how these actors advocate and adopt journalistic practice and the perceived impact they have on news journalism. We draw our data from in-depth interviews with 14 practitioners working in three organisations—Code for Africa, Open Up and Africa Check—that are currently leading major data and fact-checking operations in sub-Saharan Africa. Our findings show that while these non-journalistic actors are at the periphery of news media as institutions, their operations, activities and goals are at the heart of journalistic discourse. In their data strategies, they emerge as data advocates and activists seeking to reformulate fact-checking processes within news media.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Africa Check, Code for Africa, fact-checking, journalistic discourse, legacy news media, Open Up
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69727 (URN)10.1080/21670811.2018.1493940 (DOI)000455679700003 ()
Available from: 2018-10-19 Created: 2018-10-19 Last updated: 2019-02-14
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