Speaking of Africa: Sociology and the Study of Media in Majority World countries1st

J. Siguru Wahutu, Zhuoru Deng, Osman Osman

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Much has been written about the coverage of the global south by journalism fields in the global north. Contemporary research has taken a step further by examining how non-Western journalism fields construct their own images. While these approaches are critical, a holistic framework that explores the realities of journalism fields in Majority World Countries remains inadequate. We illustrate the benefits of employing sociology of knowledge, field, and postcolonial theories to understand how journalists in the global south perceive newsroom roles, select news sources, and frame news content. Utilizing these three theoretical frameworks challenges the established Western norms branded as “global” and articulates sedimented knowledge by organizations working to construct knowledge of events. The proposed approach grapples with colonization by understanding the realities in which postcolonial journalism fields operate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournalism Studies
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Sociology
  • field theory
  • framing
  • journalism
  • postcolonial theory
  • roles
  • sources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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