Emerging patterns and trends in citizen journalism in Africa: The case of Zimbabwe

Bruce Mutsvairo, Simon Columbus

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While it has generally been accepted that non-professional media actors empowered by novel digitally networked technologies are changing the media landscape in the West, this is less obvi- ous in the case of sub-Saharan Africa. Recent years, however, have seen the emergence of a diverse range of citizen media in Africa, enabled by technologies such as mobile phones, blogs, micro blogs, video-sharing platforms and mapping. Trough in-depth and focus-group interviews with selected experts and citizen journalism practitioners, as well as a review of the existing body of research, this study aims to identify emerging patterns and trends in African citizen journalism, paying particular attention to the Zimbabwean case. The research hopes to establish the notion that digital technology- enabled citizen journalism, although still restricted to a subset of African countries, provides a power- ful counter-narrative to professional media that are oſten constrained, or even controlled, by national governments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-135
Number of pages15
JournalCentral European Journal of Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • alternative journalism
  • citizen journalism
  • interviews
  • zimbabwe


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