The Politics of Representation: Wire Agencies and Local News Organizations in the Coverage of Darfur

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Abstract

Sociologists are not at the forefront of studying African news organizations’ coverage of atrocity despite having the tools to do so. This article works to remedy that. I investigate how a media field in Africa frames and represents an atrocity unfolding in Darfur. The article relies on content analysis of news reports published in Kenya between 2003 and 2008. To provide more nuanced analysis, I also rely my own interviews with journalists who had covered and traveled to Darfur. The content analysis delineates the article through the use of by-line accreditation to allow for an analysis between different journalists working for either local news organizations or wire agencies with offices in Nairobi. I find that Kenyan journalists are not central actors in the process of “meaning making” when it comes to the atrocities in Darfur for the Kenyan audience. They are, effectively, silenced from the knowledge-construction process in Kenya. Consequently, being Kenyan conspires to produce a condition of invisibility and erasure of Kenyan journalists in the global narrative construction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-481
Number of pages17
JournalSociological Forum
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Darfur
  • framing
  • knowledge
  • media
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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