Negotiating cultural taboos in news reporting: a case study of the African diasporic media in the UK

Ogunyemi, Ola (2015) Negotiating cultural taboos in news reporting: a case study of the African diasporic media in the UK. In: Journalism, audiences and diaspora. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137457226

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Abstract

This draws attention to the ethical dilemma that African diasporic journalists face in balancing the need to tell a story with the need to be sensitive to the cultural sensibilities of their audiences. Through interviews and ethnographic study of the newsroom of the defunct BBC World Service’s Africa have Your Say, the study found that the moderators negotiate these contrasting professional and cultural ideologies by giving consideration to the informational values of taboo news. It also discovered that users are more likely to express an oppositional perspective than a conservative or negotiated perspective. These findings have ramifications for other African diasporic media in enhancing their journalistic practice and in engaging with the younger generation without alienating older audiences.

Keywords:Diasporic media, cultural taboos, news reporting
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
ID Code:15817
Deposited On:24 Oct 2014 19:21

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