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Title:Sources and the news from Africa: why are there no skyscrapers in Nigeria?
Author:Malaolu, Patrick O.
Periodical:Ecquid novi: African journalism studies (ISSN 1942-0773)
Geographic terms:Great Britain
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560054.2014.886659
Abstract:This article evaluates the role of sources in the way UK news media represent Nigeria. In doing so, it interrogates the character and functions of news sources as a means to ascertain their influence in terms of the way Nigeria is constructed as news in the British press. Taking a cue from S. Allan (1999), who notes that the definitions of certain sources are routinely over-accessed to the detriment of alternative but crucial viewpoints, the article examines how and which sources are routinely accessed and the nature of these sources. It categorizes such sources and evaluates their impact as a means to unpack why Nigeria is constructed as news in a particular way. First it examines the rituals performed for journalists on foreign reportorial assignments. It considers the wider social and economic implications of media-sources relations, and gives insight into the extent to which mediated communication can contribute to cultural understanding and global development. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]