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Title:The impact of ethnocentric news values on the framing of Africa: a case study of African diasporic press in the United Kingdom
Author:Ogunyemi, Olatunji
Year:2014
Periodical:Ecquid novi: African journalism studies (ISSN 1942-0773)
Volume:35
Issue:1
Pages:9-24
Language:English
Geographic term:Great Britain
Subjects:diasporas
Nigerians
press
periodicals
ethnicity
stereotypes
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02560054.2014.886658
Abstract:Studies have consistently found that Western media negatively stereotype Africa. This has been attributed to bias, but another perspective links it to ethnocentrism, which perpetuates the marginalization and exclusion of minority and diasporic groups from the public sphere. This study examines the news content of diasporic presses and their editorial perception of the five values that define professional journalism - public service, objectivity, autonomy, immeidacy, and ethics, focusing on 'Nigerian Watch', a newspaper for and by Africans in the diaspora. The journal is printed on the last Friday of every month, and is distributed freely across London and surrounding areas. The study found that 'Nigerian Watch' provides counter-stereotypical information and redefines African narratives from ethnocentric viewpoints. Paradoxically, it marginalizes mainstream groups as sources and readers, while the public sphere is saturated with media fostering community cohesion among the in-group, rather than cross-cultural communication across racial divides. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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