Mobile community reporting : a grassroots perspective on journalism /

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Author / Creator:Nyirubugara, Olivier, author.
Imprint:Leiden : Sidestone Press, [2014]
Description:1 online resource
Subject:Citizen journalism -- Africa.
Online journalism -- Africa.
Digital media -- Africa.
Citizen journalism.
Digital media.
Online journalism.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references.
Summary:Almost everyone in Africa knows a mobile phone, the most widespread communication technology on the continent. That technology started as a voice-only tool before integrating other functions such as messaging, sound and image recording and many others. This book is about ways in which some of those new functions are giving a new face to the field and practice of journalism. That field has for long been dominated by professionally trained journalists, but the trend set in motion by the arrival of the World Wide Web and the mobile phone, among other technologies, is that ordinary people, including members of local communities in marginalised areas, are increasingly doing journalism. In this book, the author presents what he calls the Mobile Community Reporting approach based on a six-year training experiment in which he was involved as trainer and coach in eight African countries. The main argument underlying the MCR approach is the following: if a member of the community covers news using a reporting tool that is familiar to that community, and taking into account the values, interests and worldviews of that community, chances of capturing what the community thinks are very high.
Other form:Print version: 9789088902406 9088902402