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Title:Comparing the United Kingdom's 'Guardian' newspaper with its co-owned South African 'Mail & Guardian Online': towards productive global north-south collaborations in the digital world information order
Author:Mody, BellaISNI
Periodical:Ecquid novi: African journalism studies (ISSN 1942-0773)
Geographic terms:Great Britain
South Africa
Darfur conflict
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560054.2014.886276
Abstract:This article highlights how one online news organization in the global south, with no more than three staff and no foreign correspondents, strategically used multiple wire service feeds to successfully cover a significant story more comprehensively than its better-endowed co-owner. It compares the timeliness and comprehensiveness of coverage of this century's first genocide in Darfur, Sudan, by the United Kingdom's 'Guardian' (UKG) and its co-owned South African 'Mail & Guardian Online' (MGO). Despite the 3000 miles distance between Darfur and Johannesburg, its lack of foreign reporters and few staff, the MGO covered the Darfur crisis earlier, with better attention to detail and specifics. The MGO staff expressed surprise at their more comprehensive coverage, and credited the clarity that came from their primary gatekeeping focus on Africa as the reason. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]