NEW ACTORS IN JOURNALISTIC PRACTICE: THE CASE OF A KENYAN RADIO STATION

  • Wambui Wamunyu Daystar University, Kenya

Abstract

Abstract

This study interrogates changes that have developed with the incorporation of digital technologies in journalistic practice at a commercial radio station in Kenya. Prior research on journalism in Kenya had focused on print or multi-platform news organizations leading to a paucity of scholarship on exclusively broadcast outlets. Past studies of the usage of digital tools in newsrooms had also tended towards techno-deterministic or socio-constructivist theoretical approaches. The socio-technical approach used in this study considered human and material actors as having equal agency, thus extending the theoretical understanding of African journalistic practice. In the findings, the study established the entry of new actors and shifts in role centrality in contemporary journalistic practice.

 

Key words: digital technologies, journalism, online journalism, journalism online, journalism practice, news, news content, newsroom, African newsroom

Author Biography

Wambui Wamunyu, Daystar University, Kenya

Wambui Wamunyu is a lecturer at Daystar University and former journalist whose doctoral research focused on the use of digital technologies in African newsrooms. Her research interests include news media history, media pedagogy, journalistic practice, and Internet governance. She has presented papers at the International Communication Association, Africa Studies Association and East Africa Communication Association.

Her participation in the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET) has included the contribution to a policy brief on Internet shutdowns and elections. KICTANET is a multi-stakeholder platform focused on ICT policy and regulation ad the brief was published prior to the Aug. 8, 2017 Kenyan general election. She was a 2015 iHub Research Fellow, and has presented at technology fora on the use of digital technologies in newsrooms. Her professional experience includes curriculum development, consultancies in editing and writing, teaching adult and young learners, and co-authoring a book on the history of a Kenyan sports institution.

She has also contributed articles and commentary on various media platforms including Pambazuka.org, the Daily Nation, and Business Daily.

Published
2017-10-18
Section
Articles

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