oa Global Media Journal - African Edition - Development Reporting as a crumbling tower? Impact of Brown Envelope Journalism on journalistic practice in Zambia and Ghana
|Article Title||Development Reporting as a crumbling tower? Impact of Brown Envelope Journalism on journalistic practice in Zambia and Ghana|
|© Publisher:||University of Stellenbosch|
|Journal||Global Media Journal - African Edition|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||18 - 32|
|Keyword(s)||Africa, Brown Envelope Journalism, Development News, Development Reporting, Emory and Henry College, Virginia, Ghana, Journalistic Practice and Zambia|
Development Reporting (DR) has long been considered the cornerstone of journalistic practice in Africa. The high prevalence of Brown Envelope Journalism (BEJ) - defined as a practice that involves news sources granting monetary incentives to journalists - is, however, posing a challenge to DR. BEJ has signaled a shift from a traditional model of DR, where journalists strived to report any legitimate development news to a public relations model where news is heavily influenced by source payments. Using Zambia and Ghana as case studies, this study provides insight into journalists' perspectives on DR and BEJ. Additionally, the study delves into the extenuating factors that perpetuate BEJ.
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