n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Rethinking journalism education in African journalism institutions : perspectives of Southern African journalism scholars on the Africanisation of journalism curricula

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


African journalism scholars are generally agreed that journalism curricula in Africa are too dependent on Western epistemologies. They argue that Western-based curricula tend to alienate African students from their history, thus making it difficult for them to effectively report on pertinent issues on the continent. This dependency has led to increasing calls to Africanise journalism curricula, in order to make it relevant to the African context. However, whilst these calls have been consistently made by some African journalism scholars, there is no agreement about what Africanisation entails. The study, therefore, sought to investigate the perspectives of African journalism scholars on the subject of "Africanisation". A semi-structured questionnaire was administered to 31 journalism educators in southern Africa. The aim was to find out whether selected journalism scholars believe that Africanising in the context of a complex global environment is feasible and if so, what they envisage Africanised journalism curricula to look like. Findings of the study reveal selected journalism scholars are generally agreed that it is possible to Africanise journalism curricula. However, the majority are of the view that African journalism curricula cannot completely decouple from Western epistemologies. This paper also highlights the complexities and contradictions inherent in the Africanisation narrative.

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