Mobile Community Reporting

A Grassroots Perspective on Journalism

Olivier Nyirubugara | 2014

Mobile Community Reporting

A Grassroots Perspective on Journalism

Olivier Nyirubugara | 2014

ISBN: 9789088902406

Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 182x257mm | 140 pp. | Language: English | 20 illus. (fc) | Category: journalism, new media, anthropology, Africa | download cover

Almost everyone in Africa knows a mobile phone, the most widespread communication technology on the continent. That technology started as a voice-only tool before integrating other functions such as messaging, sound and image recording and many others. This book is about ways in which some of those new functions are giving a new face to the field and practice of journalism. That field has for long been dominated by professionally trained journalists, but the trend set in motion by the arrival of the World Wide Web and the mobile phone, among other technologies, is that ordinary people, including members of local communities in marginalised areas, are increasingly doing journalism.

In this book, the author presents what he calls the Mobile Community Reporting approach based on a six-year training experiment in which he was involved as trainer and coach in eight African countries. The main argument underlying the MCR approach is the following: if a member of the community covers news using a reporting tool that is familiar to that community, and taking into account the values, interests and worldviews of that community, chances of capturing what the community thinks are very high.

This book is a must-read piece for those in Africa and elsewhere, who are involved or interested in journalism and communication, and those involved or interested in activism, advocacy, and development projects, where communication processes could take advantage of the Mobile Community Reporting approach to capture what the community thinks and does.

Dr. Olivier Nyirubugara

Dr. Olivier Nyirubugara is lecturer in Journalism, Media Theory, and International Communication Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Between 2012 and 2016 he lectured New Media and Online Journalism at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (Erasmus University Rotterdam). His main areas of publication include cultural heritage, cultural memory, history education, and digital media.

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Abstract:

Almost everyone in Africa knows a mobile phone, the most widespread communication technology on the continent. That technology started as a voice-only tool before integrating other functions such as messaging, sound and image recording and many others. This book is about ways in which some of those new functions are giving a new face to the field and practice of journalism. That field has for long been dominated by professionally trained journalists, but the trend set in motion by the arrival of the World Wide Web and the mobile phone, among other technologies, is that ordinary people, including members of local communities in marginalised areas, are increasingly doing journalism.

In this book, the author presents what he calls the Mobile Community Reporting approach based on a six-year training experiment in which he was involved as trainer and coach in eight African countries. The main argument underlying the MCR approach is the following: if a member of the community covers news using a reporting tool that is familiar to that community, and taking into account the values, interests and worldviews of that community, chances of capturing what the community thinks are very high.

This book is a must-read piece for those in Africa and elsewhere, who are involved or interested in journalism and communication, and those involved or interested in activism, advocacy, and development projects, where communication processes could take advantage of the Mobile Community Reporting approach to capture what the community thinks and does.

Dr. Olivier Nyirubugara

Dr. Olivier Nyirubugara is lecturer in Journalism, Media Theory, and International Communication Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Between 2012 and 2016 he lectured New Media and Online Journalism at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (Erasmus University Rotterdam). His main areas of publication include cultural heritage, cultural memory, history education, and digital media.

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