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Title:South African journalism and mass communication research on youth and news media: a reflection
Author:Ndlovu, Musa
Periodical:Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:mass media
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560054.2008.9653375
Abstract:Between 1987 and 2003 several academic works, particularly in the field of South African journalism and mass communication scholarship (JMCS), have explored the relationship between South African youth and news media. This study explores conceptual and methodological frameworks through which this relationship has been investigated. It concentrates primarily on the exploration and framing of the youth-news media relationship; the choice of media; the construction of youth identity; and preferred research methodologies and theoretical approaches. The investigation is contextualized within ontological, epistemological, and political-ideological debates in local JMCS, and in global discourses on youth and news media. The study concludes that post-1994 local studies largely adopted qualitative research methods, critical social theory, and cultural studies, rather than socialization and functionalist theories. The studies also defined youth in sociocultural, rather than in political, terms. Limitations of South African research on youth and news media are noted. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]