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Title:Citizen journalism as a contestant in the history of journalism
Authors:Mapudzi, Hatikanganwi
Osunkunle, Oluyinka
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2016.1250799
Abstract:This article looks at citizen journalism as a contestant in the history of journalism. It reports on a study that employed a qualitative research approach through a qualitative questionnaire and a focus group discussion (FGD). Through purposive sampling, the participants in the study were drawn from the citizen journalists contributing news content to the citizen journalism websites Sahara Reporters and Iindaba Ziyafika from a Nigerian and a South African perspective, respectively. For diversity purposes, other participants were drawn from the Global Voices online, which is popular for engaging citizen journalists from different parts of the African continent: Tanzania, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya, to mention a few. The questionnaire was distributed through the technical teams of the websites for self-completion by the citizen journalists. The FGD participants were drawn from those who contributed news content to Iindaba Ziyafika in South Africa where the researchers are based. The questionnaire and the FGD were addressed in English. The study findings show that mainstream journalism acknowledges the importance of the phenomenon of citizen journalism and the people involved, but it still stands firm that objectivity is a precondition of journalism. The study aims to cultivate an appreciation of the relationship between traditional and citizen journalism as the field of journalism endures major transformations. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]