African Journalism Studies – from arts to sport and more


The latest issue of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, which I edit, has just been published. The issue covers topics such as arts journalism, post-conflict reporting in Sierra Leone, an exploration of African-language newspapers and representations of African athletes in the media. Feminist approaches in South African news media are explored, and a study of newspaper columnists’ framing of Kenyan politics in post-2007 election violence. The well-known journalism studies scholar Barbie Zelizer contributed an essay on ‘Tools for the Future of Journalism’.

Ecquid Novi is affiliated with the Journalism Research and Education Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) and to the South African Communication Association (Sacomm). It is an accredited journal indexed on among others the Thomson Reuters ISI index.

Birth of a new communications order




The global communications order is changing, and new theories of communication are needed to understand the changing global media landscape. This was a point researchers from all over the world made time and again as they presented academic papers at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, in Dublin, Ireland, recently.

I wrote a column for China Daily  about these debates.