Journalism research and democracy: Moving out of the Western orbit
St. Augustine University of Mwanza
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Natural Sciences / Centre for Ecosystem Management
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.