Title

Journalism research and democracy: Moving out of the Western orbit

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

St. Augustine University of Mwanza

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Natural Sciences, Centre for Ecosystem Management

RAS ID

8472

Comments

Originally published as: Josephi, B. (2008). Journalism research and democracy: Moving out of the Western orbit. African Communication Research, 1(3), 385-404. Original article available here

Abstract

As the news institution develops in non-Western socio-political contexts, normative theories of good journalism and journalism education are changing from the earlier Western models. Although journalism practice continues to be a challenge to political accountability in various socio-cultural contexts, the journalism-democracy paradigm that has developed in the West during the 20th Century may not be the best model for normative theory of journalism and journalism research in new, globalising political realities. Journalism research needs to expand its understanding of the normative relationship of journalism and responsible exercise of political power.