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Who's Reporting Africa Now?

Non-Governmental Organizations, Journalists, and Multimedia

Kate Wright

As news organizations cut correspondent posts and foreign bureaux, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have begun to expand into news reporting. Why and how do journalists use the photographs, video, and audio that NGOs produce? What effects does this have on the kinds of stories told about Africa? And how have these developments changed the nature of journalism and NGO-work?

Who’s Reporting Africa Now?: Non-Governmental Organizations, Journalists, and Multimedia is the first book to address these questions—using frank interviews and internal documents to shed light on the workings of major news organizations and NGOs, collaborating with one another in specific news production processes. These contrasting case studies are used to illuminate the complex moral and political economies underpinning such journalism, involving not only NGO press officers and journalists but also field workers, freelancers, private foundations, social media participants, businesspeople, and advertising executives.

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My deep gratitude goes to all of the people who participated in this study: who trusted me enough to tell me so much about the challenging and sometimes worrying aspects of their work. I appreciate your candor and hope I have repaid your trust in me by writing up a fair, respectful and well-contextualized critique.

My hearty thanks go to my friends and colleagues at the Department of Geography, Media and Communication at Karlstad University in Sweden, who showed me such amazing hospitality as a Visiting Scholar at their Ander Center for Research on News and Opinion in the Digital Era. I am so grateful for your encouragement, companionship and endlessly thought-provoking conversations. Particularly big thanks go to Henrik Örnebring, Michael Karlsson and Johan Lindell for their constructive feedback on early chapter drafts. May we keep discussing big ideas for many years to come!

My deep thanks also go to Santander, whose Global Research fund helped pay for the interpretation and transcription work needed to complete the study on which this book is based. I have also benefited hugely from being awarded a Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, which gave me the time and space I needed to develop an early draft of this book into a manuscript which was ready for submission←xiii | xiv→

But I would have struggled to make the journey from practice to research at all without the support and guidance of Natalie Fenton and Aeron...

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