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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, 7(9), 1215-1229
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, Vol. 7, no 9, p. 1215-1229Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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: 2020-03-31Bibliographically 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
Uppal, C., Sartoretto, P. & Cheruiyot, D. (2019). The case for communication rights: A rights-based approach to media development. Global Media and Communication, 15(3), 323-343
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The case for communication rights: A rights-based approach to media development
2019 (English)In: Global Media and Communication, ISSN 1742-7665, E-ISSN 1742-7673, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 323-343Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

From the 1980s, international organizations have devised strategies to develop national media systems to make them more diverse and inclusive so as to both exhibit and preserve local cultures. However, these strategies have not always been successful since information has become a commodity, because the interests of private actors prevent equal access to communication rights. This article outlines a perspective on media development from a rights-based approach, derived from a critique of dominant perspectives from international organizations with a strong focus on technology provisions. The article argues for media development based on the right to communication as an alternative to commodification of information. Through examples from Brazil and Kenya, the article illustrates that viewing communication as a basic right can lead to the inclusion of more voices in the public discourse. In addition, a model for media development is proposed, suggesting that the state and national civil society play a significant role in promoting diverse national public spheres.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
Brazil, communication rights, Kenya, media development, media systems
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75138 (URN)10.1177/1742766519871686 (DOI)000488440700001 ()
Note

This paper won the Top Paper Award from the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the 66th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in Fukuoka, Japan, on June 10, 2016.

Available from: 2019-10-08 Created: 2019-10-08 Last updated: 2020-03-31Bibliographically 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: 2019-10-28Bibliographically approved
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