Tell Our Story: Multiplying voices in the news media

Author:   Julie Reid ,  Dale T. McKinley
Publisher:   Wits University Press
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Pages:   234
Publication Date:   01 May 2020
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The dominant news media is often accused of reflecting an 'elite bias', privileging and foregrounding the interests of a small segment of society, while ignoring the narratives of the majority. Tell Our Story investigates the problem of disproportionate media representation and offers a hands-on demonstration of listening journalism and research in practice to promote a more active engagement between journalists and local communities. In the process the authors dismiss the idea that some groups are voiceless, arguing that what is often described is a matter of those groups being deliberately ignored. The authors focus on three communities in South Africa, each presenting with differing but crucial historical, geographical and socio-political 'characteristics' of the post-1994 period. Adopting an audience-centred approach, the authors delve into the life and struggle narratives of each community. They expose the divides between the stories as told by the people in the community who have lived experience of these events, and the way in which these stories are understood and shaped by the media. The implications of the media's routine misrepresentation of the voices of the marginalised and poor for media diversity, media credibility and ethics, media education and training, as well as media research are unpacked and the authors offer a useful set of practical guidelines for journalists on the practice of listening journalism.

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Author:   Julie Reid ,  Dale T. McKinley
Publisher:   Wits University Press
Imprint:   Wits University Press
ISBN:  

9781776145775


ISBN 10:   1776145771
Pages:   234
Publication Date:   01 May 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Introduction Chapter 1 The Trajectory and Dynamics of Afrikaner Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: An Overview - Albert Grundlingh Part 1: Assent and Dissent through Fine Art and Architecture Chapter 2 Afrikaner Nationalism and Other Settler Imaginaries at the 1936 Empire Exhibition - Lize van Robbroeck Chapter 3 From Volksargitektuur to Boere Brazil: Afrikaner Nationalism and the architectural imaginary of modernity, 1936-1966 - Federico Freschi Chapter 4 Afrikaner Identity in Contemporary Visual Art: A Study in Hauntology - Theo Sonnekus Part 2: Sculptures on University Campuses Chapter 5 'It Is Not Even Past': Dealing with Monuments and Memorials on Divided Campuses - Jonathan D. Jansen Chapter 6 Knocking Jannie off his Pedestal: Two Creative Interventions to the Sculpture of J H Marais at Stellenbosch University - Brenda Schmahmann Part 3: Photography, Identity and Nationhood Chapter 7 Celebrating the Volk: The 1949 Inauguration of the VoortrekkerMonument in State Information Office Photographs - Katharina Joerder Chapter 8 Reframing David Goldblatt, Re-thinking Some Afrikaners - Michael Godby and Liese van der Watt Part 4: Deploying Mass Media and Popular Visual Culture Chapter 9 The becoming girl: Anton van Wouw's Noitjie van die Onderveld, Afrikaner Nationalism and the Construction of the Volksmoeder Discourse - Lou-Marie Kruger Chapter 10 Cartoons, Intellectuals, and the Construction of Afrikaner Nationalism - Peter Vale Chapter 11 Manifestations of Militarisation: Visual Narratives of the Border War in 1980s South African Print Culture - Gary BainesContributor biographiesIndex

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Tell Our Story is a valuable addition to the South African discourse on media freedom: the authors examine the issue through the lens of grassroots communities in struggle, within a theoretical framework of listening. Media freedom is most often seen from the point of view of journalists. Here, the emphasis is on the right to be heard, represented, understood, and to be included.; - Professor Glenda Daniels, Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand What sets the book apart from other similar studies in this area is firstly its painstaking empirical work in South African communities (which says a great deal about the authors' ability to gain the trust of these communities and their own ability to listen to the voices of the people); and secondly its attempt to derive from this interaction practical and concrete suggestions for improvement of journalism that moves beyond a mere critique. - Professor Herman Wasserman, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town; This book offers a fresh and useful approach that will add significantly to the growing body of literature that critiques the mainstream media. - Professor Franz Kruger, Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand


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Julie Reid is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at the University of South Africa. Dale T McKinley is Research and Education Officer for the International Labour, Research and Information Group, and Senior Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg.

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