This collection, arranged and edited by Beverly G. Hawk, examines media coverage of Africa by American television, newspapers, and magazines. Scholars and journalists of diverse experience engage in debate concerning U.S. media coverage of current events in Africa. As each African crisis appears in the headlines, scholars take the media to task for sensational and simplistic reporting. Journalists, in response, explain the constraints of censorship, reader interest, and media economics. Hawk's book demonstrates that academia and the press can inform each other to present a fuller and more sensitive picture of Africa today.
This volume will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in African studies, African politics, journalism, and international relations.
. . . examines media coverage of Africa in American TV, newspapers, and magazines.
Hawk presents a wide-ranging collection of essays on historical and contemporary topics. Media researchers, Africa specialists, editors, and correspondents debate the media's coverage of Africa and its effect on American views of the continent. The result is an important contribution to research on American journalism.
This volume will be of particular interest to North American journalism students and to western reporters and news organizations interested in breaking the destructive cycle of reporting and stereotyping so vividly described by its editor.
Beverly Hawk has produced an important collection of views and perspectives on the issue of how we perceive Africa, its people and their problems. This volume will be of particular interest to North American journalism students and to western reporters and news organizations.
This is easily the best book on the market about how the Western media have covered or failed to cover Africa. Africa's Media Image has done much to underline the faulty reporting that the continent has suffered. It has identified some of the problems. By documenting the problems, this book has opened the door to trying to find some solutions that would help improve coverage of Africa and other Third World areas.
Africa's Media Image is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, authoritative, and scholarly survey of the complexities of African media coverage; it is highly recommended for library purchase or as a reading supplement for courses in mass communications, African studies, or international relations.