ICSM African Press: Participation in a Globalized Media Environment

ICSM Course Description

This guide supports the following seminar:

This seminar focuses on the nature of the press in Africa especially as it operates within the global information and communication environment, examining, in particular, the complex issues  of power,  technology and the economy and their connectivity and interrelatedness in  the continuing attempt at fashioning a new world information order. Students will be expected and encouraged to examine/analyze selected press systems and interrogate the enduring notion of the press as a crucial tool in effective governance. What social, economic and political factors make the press effective in some parts of the world and not in others? Students should begin to see the world beyond their own national perspective, and an appreciation of how the press functions in other parts of the world will contribute to this broadened perspective. It is hoped that at the end of the seminar, students will be able to understand and explain the place of the press in global politics and international understanding and cooperation.  (image:  World Factbook)

Library Session Learning Objectives:
  1. Evaluate resources and identify those most appropriate to your information need (card sorting)
  2. ​Identify and combine keywords for a research topic  (brainstorm)
  3. Distinguish between the catalog, databases, and open web when selecting resources; Identify the best databases relevant to a topic (database search and reflection)

Information Types, Processes and Needs

Information types, processes and needs: in class exercise.  Cards will be distributed in class.

Best Bests: Databases

General databases: Subject specific databases: News:
  • Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)  Find international news, newswires and transcripts here. 

    1. Click on the "Search by Subject or Topic" and choose "All News."  Click "Advanced Options." Check a box for (ex. Major World Publications).  Sample search:  hlead(liberia) - this retrieves articles with Liberia in the headline and lead paragraph of Major World Publications.

    OR, 2. Click on the Browse (top right of the screen) >  Country >  All Countries and then click a country from the drop-down menu.  Click on the News > Newspapers folder.  Check files to search. Click the RED o.k. button.
  • BBC Monitoring scattered by region.  Try BBC Monitoring International Reports in LexisNexis.
  • African Economic Outlook (AEO) The African Economic Outlook (AEO) presents the current state of economic and social development in Africa and projects the outlook for the coming two years. The AEO is a product of collaborative work by three international partners: the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme.
  • Afrobarometer Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues in more than 35 countries in Africa. Through our findings, ordinary citizens can have a voice in policy-making processes that affect their lives.
  • NationMaster
    A central data source and handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.  Use the search form to generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics.
  • Statista
    A statistics portal that provides data on over 80,000 topics from more than 10,000 different sources.  The content is purely aggregated statistics, geared towards business and marketing statistical needs, with a focus on current awareness.  Easy-to-use infographics and tables are available for download as images to insert into presentations.
  • IMF World Economic Outlook Reports
    A Survey by the IMF staff usually published twice a year. It presents IMF staff economists' analyses of global economic developments during the near and medium term. Chapters give an overview as well as more detailed analysis of the world economy; consider issues affecting industrial countries, developing countries, and economies in transition to market; and address topics of pressing current interest. Annexes, boxes, charts, and an extensive statistical appendix augment the text. See also, the World Economic Databases
  • International Financial Statistics (International Monetary Fund)
    Time series data for major economic aggregates as well as current data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, currency, interest rates, prices, production, trade, government accounts, GDP, and national accounts.
  • World Development Reports from the World Bank
    Here you will find every World Development Report published by the World Bank since the first report was released in 1978. pertaining to a specific development topic, ranging from agriculture, education, and the environment to infrastructure, trade and poverty reduction.


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  • Use the database WorldCat via FirstSearch
    WorldCat via FirstSearch provides bibliographic information for over 41 million books and multimedia owned by libraries worldwide. and then click on the Interlibrary Loan button.  Books will be borrowed by snail mail. You will receive an alert to pick up the book at the Circulation Desk in the library with your student ID card.  Loan periods tend to be about one month.

Country Guides

News:  Guides to Press Freedom
  • Freedom House
    Organization that monitors freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide.  They publish the following reports: Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit,  Countries at the Crossroads,  and Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, 
  • Reporters without Borders
    Advocacy organization that defends journalists, fights against censorship, and works to improve the safety of journalists worldwide. They publish the Press Freedom Index.
General Country Guides
  • CIA World Factbook
    Provides basic history of all countries  - includes maps, population, history, politics, economics, education, communications, transportation and military data.
  • BBC News: Country Profiles
    Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio or video clips from BBC archives. Contain information on the different types of press available in the country.
  • Country Reports
    Cultural, historical, and statistical information for countries.
  • World Maps and Country Profiles (World Press Review)
    Search by country or region for maps and news.

News Portals on the Internet

News:  Directories
  • Newslink
    Portal to newspapers, radio and t.v. stations, magazines, and international news. Can browse by state or search by city.
  • Newspaper Map
    The "world's largest newspaper site" allows users to browse a world map of news.  Use a search box to focus on a location.  There is a language feature for translations.
  • Online Newspapers news portal
News: Global Outlets News: Local or Regional Outlets
  • The Daily Vox  Local and internatioanl youth journalist covering South Africa with an emphasis on putting, "the citizen at the centre of news.
News:  Video Search News: Wires and Digests (some are also available via LexisNexis)

Organizations & Associations

  • Association de la Presse Internationale - International Press Association (API-IPA)
    Organization of foreign journalists established in 1975 and based in Belgium.
  • Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ)
    Consortium of journalists, publishers, owners, and academics that are concerned with the future of the journalism profession.
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
    International organization that promotes press freedom. 
  • Freedom House
    Organization that monitors freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide.  They publish the following reports: Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit,  Countries at the Crossroads,  and Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, 
  • Inter Press Service (IPS)
    Global news agency that commits itself to underreported stories. Global themes include: Poverty, Civil Society, Sustainable Development, Globalisation and the South, Dialogue among civilisations, and Human Rights &Gender issues. Member of the COM+ Alliance of communicators for sustainable development.
  • International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
    Founded in 1968 IREX is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and programs that improve education, independent media and foster civil society development.  Reports such as the Media Sustainability Index are posted to their website.
  • Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR)
    Worldwide journalism organization that, "gives voice to people at the frontlines of conflict, crisis, and change"
  • Reporters without Borders
    Advocacy organization that defends journalists, fights against censorship, and works to improve the safety of journalists worldwide. They publish the Press Freedom Index.
  • UNESCO:  Fostering Freedom of Expression  Covers press freedom, media development, safety of journalists, media literacy, media pluralism and diversity
  • UN Data
    Unified hub for the many databases available from the United Nations.
  • UNDP:  Africa   Assists with development and transitional issues.
  • UNFPA   UN division devoted to population and development issues
  • World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
    International organization located in France that supports the ideals of newspaper reporters and publishers worldwide.

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