Social media in Uganda: revitalising news journalism?
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionOrgeret K, Selnes FN. Social media in Uganda: revitalising news journalism?. Media, Culture and Society. 2020;42(3):380-397 https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443719900353
The article discusses the role of social media in relation to the traditional journalistic sphere in Uganda. Through an analysis of how journalists in three Ugandan newspapers use social media in their daily work, the article discusses how social media affect conventional sourcing practices, reportage and professional norms. The article is particularly interested in how Facebook and Twitter serve as alternative channels through which sources with less access to traditional means of communication get their message(s) across to journalists. The findings are discussed in light of the present development of social media legislation in Uganda. The discussions feed into a larger reflection on social media’s potential to create avenues of access in a semi-democratic setting where attempts to curtail media freedom and freedom of expression are frequent.