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.

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  • LexisNexis Academic Find international news, newswires and transcripts here. 
    1. Click on the "Search By Content" tab 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) >  Sources >  Browse Sources and then click a country from the drop-down menu.  Click on the Newspapers folder.  Click files to search. Click the RED o.k. button.
  • Communication Source Restricted Resource Some full text available   Journal articles from all fields of communication (Journalism, Marketing, Radio, Television, etc.).  
  • Academic Search Premier Multidisciplinary database. 
  • SocINDEX with Full Text Sociology database.  
  • Business Source Premier (Original Interface) Business database.  
  • Communication Studies: a SAGE Full-Text Collection Restricted Resource openURL Some full text available Full-text journals from the publisher SAGE. This is a full-text colection of titles in the field of communications by the publisher SAGE
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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
  • ARGYLEtv
    Distributes international television programming worldwide in numerous languages.  Try clicking one of the counties at the base of the homepage to begin. May require a special plugin to view; Many not run on Macs.
  • Blinkx
  • OVGuide : Online Video Guide
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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