Watchdog or Missionary?. A Portrait of African News People and their Work: A Case Study in Tanzania

Watchdog or Missionary?. A Portrait of African News People and their Work: A Case Study in Tanzania

by Utz Lederbogen


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This study addresses journalism's task to support development of a Third World country's society. In Tanzania the government and as yet single political party allowed appear to be cautiously surrendering their monopolistic control of the media and the question what kind of journalism the country needs is being raised increasingly. Tanzanian journalists are more and more outspokenly claiming the right to be watchdogs on the public's behalf. How they process information to present to the predominantly rural public depends decisively on how they perceive their professional role. That self-perception is influenced by social and organisational factors. Just what these factors are and to what degree they allow 'development journalism' to unfold in Tanzania was the central research approach of this study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631448441
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/1992
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

The Author: Utz Lederbogen, born in 1956, studied journalism, political science, biology and landscape-planning. He works for a news agency, various print media and radio stations in Germany and abroad. Other assignments have been with the Munich head office of the Goethe Institute, Germany's culture promotion organisation, the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi and as guest lecturer at the Tanzania School of Journalism. Lederbogen has written extensively on information policy and the media in developing countries.

Table of Contents

Contents: Tanzania between tradition and modernity - Socialist ideology and Western orientations - Tanzanian communication structures.

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