Communicare – Volume 37 (1) – July 2018

Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa facilitates scholarly discussion on communication phenomena in Southern Africa and how these are in conversation with other regions. Communicareaims to serve as a point of reference for local academic debate and geo-specific theorising, and invites articles that complement or counter global perspectives by amplifying and consolidating regional research and scholarship. The journal publishes original theoretical-conceptual and empirical articles regardless of paradigm, perspective or context, and welcomes a wide range of methodological approaches. Communicare publishes original articles in a wide range of communication sub- and related disciplines, including organisational communication, strategic communication, marketing communication, corporate communication, development communication, social change, political communication, gender communication, postcolonial studies, identity politics and politics of everyday life, celebrity studies, visual communication, internet studies, gaming, digital communication, new media, film studies, media studies, cultural studies, popular culture, and journalism.

Submission of manuscripts and enquiries: communicare@uj.ac.za

Author guidelines: https://journals.co.za/content/journal/comcare

Communicare – Volume 37 (1), July 2018

 (O)mission statements : deficit and surplus messages in two universities’ strategic development plans in South Africa

Muchativugwa Liberty Hove

https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-105737e3b7

Industry perspectives on digital out-of-home advertising in South Africa

Thérèse Roux

https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-10573becf7

Muting the voices of the protesters : News24’s framing of the 2015 Malamulele service delivery protest in South Africa

Betina Mawokomayi and Bevelyn Dube

https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-105740da4a

Images of a nation in crisis : a critical analysis of Zapiro’s Rape of Lady Justice cartoons

Rodwell Makombe

https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-105748935d

Participation of Swazi women in the traditional public sphere, Sibaya, in the Kingdom of Swaziland

Maxwell Vusumuzi Mthembu

https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-10574e21d1

Zimbabwean communication agencies: current state and future prospects

Anna Oksiutycz and Abyshay Nhedzi

https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-10575115f3

Digital communication and agency: unseen infrastructures that influence our communicative capacities online

Jakub Siwak

https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-105755e5c7

 “South Africa belongs to all who live in it” : deconstructing media discourses of migrants during times of xenophobic attacks, from 2008 to 2017

Sarah Helen Chiumbu and Dumisani Moyo

https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-10575901b5

 

 

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: African language media development and sustainability

Salawu (2006a) notes that the story of indigenous language newspapers rising and dying is the same across most parts of Africa. In 1930, there were 19 registered African language newspapers in South Africa. They included the isiXhosa Imvo Zabantsundu and Inkundla ya Bantu. Today, most of those newspapers are non-existent. As recently as 1990s, there used to be newspapers in fifteen Ghanaian languages; today, there is none (Salawu 2006b). In the colonial Democratic Republic of Congo, there were more than 150 periodicals in indigenous languages. Today, the story is quite different (Vinck 2006). In Cameroon, there is hardly a remarkable indigenous language newspaper (Tanjong and Muluh 2006). Of all the newspapers in the first to the fourth ‘waves’ of indigenous language press in Nigeria (Folarin and Mohammed 1996), only Gaskiya Tafi Kwabo (established in 1937) still exists till today. Iroyin Yoruba, established in 1945, existed till 1996 when it was finally laid to rest. Meanwhile, many other newspapers that had come after Gaskiya and Iroyin Yoruba had ceased to exist.

There are however some relative success (relative when compared to the success of the colonial language press) stories in African language newspaper publishing but in most of these cases, the newspapers go tabloid publishing sensational stories and using the adulterated form of the particular African language to appeal to a mass readership (Mpofu and Salawu, 2018; Salawu, 2015; Ndlovu, 2011).

Not without its own challenges though, in comparative terms, the situation is still much better with the broadcast media. This therefore indicates that African culture is still largely oral.

The proposed volume which is planned to be published by Routledge in its Routledge Contemporary Africa series will focus on why businesses in African language press are unstable and what can be done to develop African language journalism into quality journalism while also ensuring their profitability.

The following are some of the issues the volume will like to touch:

  • Factors that are responsible for the underdevelopment of African language journalism and unsustainability of African language newspapers
  • How African language journalism can be developed into quality journalism
  • How African language newspaper business can be sustained
  • Impact of digitisation  on the sustainability of African language newspaper business
  • Political Economy of African Language Media
  • African Language Media Economics
  • Management and Organisation of African Language Media
  • Advertisements/Commercials in African Language Media
  • Business Models for African Language Media in the era of Digitisation
  • Globalisation and African Language Media Economics
  • Language Politics, Development and Sustainability of African Language Media
  • Comparative analyses of economies of African language broadcast, digital and print media

This list is by no means exhaustive.

Interested contributors are invited to submit a 500-word proposal and a short biography to Abiodun Salawu (North-West University, South Africa) at salawuabiodun@gmail.com October 15, 2018.  Final chapters of approximately 5000-7000 words will be due by 28 February, 2019. Please note that all submissions will be peer-reviewed.

 

References

Folarin, B. and JB Mohammed. 1996. The Indigenous Language Press in Nigeria. In O. Dare and A. Uyo (Ed.).  Journalism in Nigeria. Lagos: NUJ, Lagos Council. Pp. 99 – 112.

Mpofu, P. and A. Salawu. 2018. Culture of sensationalism and indigenous language press in Zimbabwe: implications on language development. African Identities, DOI: 10.1080/14725843.2018.1473147. Pp. 1 – 17. ISSN: 1472-5843 (Print) 1472-5851 (Online).

Ndlovu, M. 2011. “The meaning of post-apartheid Zulu media”. Communicatio 37(2): 268 – 290.

Salawu, A. 2015. A political economy of sub-Saharan African language press: the case of Nigeria and South Africa. Review of African Political Economy, 42:144, 299-313.

Salawu, A. 2006a. “Paradox of a milieu: Communicating in African Indigenous Languages in the age of Globalisation.” In Indigenous Language Media in Africa, edited by A. Salawu, 1 – 20. Lagos: CBAAC.

Salawu, A. 2006b. “Rich history, uncertain future.” Rhodes Journalism Review 26: 55 – 56.

Tanjong, E. and H. Muluh. 2006. “Barriers to Indigenous Language Press in Cameroon”. In Indigenous Language Media in Africa, 206 – 229, edited by A. Salawu, 206 – 229. Lagos: CBAAC.

Vinck, H. 2006. “Het belang van de periodieke koloniale pers in Afrikaanse talen.” In Indigenous Language Media in Africa, 206 – 229, edited by A. Salawu, 347 – 376.  Lagos: CBAAC.

 

Professor Abiodun Salawu
Director of Research Entity: Indigenous Language Media in Africa
Faculty of Humanities

North-West University
Mafikeng Campus
Private Bag X2046
Mmabatho 2735
South Africa

Telephone: +27 18 389 2238

E-mail: abiodun.salawu@nwu.ac.za
salawuabiodun@gmail.com
salawuabiodun@yahoo.com

 

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: Social Media and Electoral Democracy in Africa

The new digital environment has ushered social media as an increasingly significant factor in electoral processes across Africa, with Kenya and Zimbabwe as key recent examples. Electoral crises and squabbles between contestants have assumed new dimensions due to the influence of social media. Enhanced sharing and connecting has resulted in new cultures and behaviours involving voters and politicians. Political parties, candidates, ‘pundits’ and citizens in general have taken to the social media in unprecedented ways to project their voices on key issues of the day. With an increased accessibility of smartphones, even people with limited access to mainstream media have access to social media and can send messages in more real time with new implications for democratization. Social media communications have thus permeated virtually every aspect of the conduct of elections from pre-election to post-election periods. While social media create new opportunities for political campaigns, mobilization, engagement, and participation it also raises questions about the veracity of the information conveyed at speed on Facebook, Tweeter or even Instagram. Social media is crucial for free and fair elections but there are genuine concerns that social media could be manipulated to subvert the electoral system, undermine the integrity of elections and democracy. Those with money can hire automated systems like bots and algorithms are creating new ways of ‘disrupting’ communication. The digital environment has given rise to more potent forms of fake news, manipulation and below the belt campaigning methods that are having implications for electoral democracy in Africa. In countries such as Uganda, Egypt, Kenya, Mali, and Zimbabwe, authorities’ attempts to introduce new laws and regulations have been met with mixed reactions. What are main drives behind social media’s role in elections and is it enhancing democratization? Is communicative power at elections altered by social media altering in Africa? Is it levelling the playing field for electoral contestants or just a new nuisance? Why are many Africans joining in its use and with what effect?

This proposed volume seeks to explore the implications of social media use to the electoral processes in Africa. The aim is to increase our understanding of how social media impact elections and democracy. We seek original works which analyze different aspects of social media use in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Potential topics within this volume include:

  • Social media and election campaigns
  • Political participation and engagement
  • Voter mobilization
  • Laws and regulation of social media
  • The political economy of digital media in Africa
  • Social media and empowerment
  • Youth participation in electoral processes.
  • Gender issues
  • Production, dissemination and interpretation of social media messages. – recorded voice messages, video messages, jokes, cartoons
  • The role of “opinion shapers”
  • Agenda-setting
  • Audiences/users of social media
  • The role of social media in the framing of narratives.

Challenges

  • Manipulation of information
  • Spread of disinformation
  • Memes and viral election messages
  • Fake news
  • Hate speech
  • Cyberbullies
  • Ethical issues

Interested contributors are invited to submit a 500-word proposal and a short biography to the editors by 15 September 2018 to the editors Martin Ndlela, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (martin.ndlela@inn.no) and Winston Mano, University of Westminster, (manow@westminster.ac.uk).  Final chapters of approximately 5000-7000 words will be due by 15 November. Please note that all submissions will be peer-reviewed.

CALL FOR PAPERS: JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA RESEARCH

JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA RESEARCH

ISSN 2141 – 5277

 

ABOUT JCMR

The Journal of Communication and Media Research is a research-based and peer-reviewed journal published twice-yearly in the months of April and October by the Association of Media and Communication Researchers of Nigeria (CAC/IT/NO 111018). The journal is addressed to the African and international academic community and it accepts articles from all scholars, irrespective of country or institution of affiliation.

 

The focus of the Journal of Communication and Media Research is research, with a bias for quantitative and qualitative studies that use any or a combination of the acceptable methods of research. These include Surveys, Content Analysis, and Experiments for quantitative studies; and Observation, Interviews/Focus Groups, and Documentary Analysis for qualitative studies. The journal seeks to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of communication and media studies and welcomes articles in all areas of communication and the media including, but not limited to, mass communication, mass media channels, traditional communication, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, development communication, public relations, advertising, information communication technologies, the Internet and computer-mediated communication.

ARTICLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

l     Manuscripts should not be longer than 8000 words – notes and references inclusive, and must have an abstract of not more than 200 words and five key words.

l     An abstract should be Informative. That is, it should clearly but briefly state the following: background/rationale; problem/issues examined (including research questions); details of method(s) used (including sample and sampling technique); results/findings; conclusion; and implication(s)/relevance of the study.

l     The title and author’s biographical details (name, university/department, address, position/title, telephone, e-mail) should be identified on the title page only. It is mandatory to supply telephone and email addresses.

l     Author(s) names should be written in First name, Middle name, and Surname order (i.e. First name first, and Surname last).

l     Format: Font of body text should be Times New Roman Size 12. Alignment should be justified. Paragraphs should be indented with one tab (no block paragraphing). Line spacing should be 1.5 lines.

l     Authors should be consistent in spelling – either American English or British English.

l     Tables, Figures and Charts should be alluded to in the text while allusions to ‘notes’ should be indicated in superscript in the text. Notes should be presented as endnotes (i.e., at the end of the article, just before the References).

l     Data should be presented and discussed with words and not with illustrations such as tables, figures and charts.

l     Tables, figures and charts should be used minimally and sparingly; they should be used only to serve as further points of reference. In which case, even if such tables, figures or charts are removed, the flow of discussion will not be affected.

l     Data, including tables, figures and charts should be interpreted and discussed by the researcher to provide a unified interpretation. Once the contents of tables, figures and charts are fully discussed, there is really no need to present such table/figure/chart in the article again.

l     There should be a maximum of three tables and/or figures and/or charts in a manuscript.

l     Referencing should follow the APA style and all references should be listed, in strict alphabetical order, at the end of the article.

l     et  al. can be used in in-text citations but not in end references. In end references, the names of all authors must be stated.

l     In in-text citations, et al. must not be used at the first mention of a work. The surnames of all authors and year of publication must be stated in the first instance of a citation.

l     Manuscripts must be rich in references and literature citations. Except in rare circumstances, references and literature citations should not be above 15 years.

l     Author(s) shall be responsible for securing any copyright waivers and permissions as may be needed to allow (re)publication of material in the article (text, illustrations, etc) that is the intellectual property of third parties.

l     Author(s) may be required to supply the data upon which figures are based.

l     Authors should be familiar with the standard and quality of articles published in the journal so as to minimize the chances of their manuscripts being rejected. Please endeavour to visit our website to access published articles.

Submission

l     Manuscripts are to be submitted by email to jcmrjournal209@gmail.com (as Word document attachment using Microsoft Office Word).

l     Before submitting a manuscript, please read the guidelines carefully again and ensure that the paper conforms to them all as non-conformity may lead to outright rejection.

l     All manuscripts received shall be sent to two or more assessors on a blind review format.

Plagiarism Check

l     All manuscripts received shall be subjected to plagiarism check and the result must not be higher than the journal’s acceptable threshold. Any manuscript with a plagiarism check result that is higher than the acceptable threshold shall not be published even if it receives favourable assessments.

The last date for submission of full papers is Saturday, 20th October 2018.

ASSESSMENT

All papers/manuscripts submitted must go through a rigorous process of double-blind peer review. Our assessors are Professors or Readers of communication studies drawn from reputable universities in the United States of America, Canada, South Africa and Nigeria. Manuscripts are sent to them on a double-blind review format.

AVAILABILITY

The journal is available internationally on the Internet at www.jcmrweb.com and through subscription. In Nigeria, in addition to the international availability, it is also available at all leading bookshops including the University of Ibadan Bookshop, University of Lagos Bookshop, and Delta State University Abraka Bookshop.

OUR WATCHWORD

Consistency is our watchword. Since the journal started publication in 2009, we have consistently published and released each edition on schedule.

OUR VISION

To be the foremost, scholarly, indexed, peer-reviewed and most-read journal emanating from Africa, portraying knowledge, intellect and learning to all humankind irrespective of gender, affiliation and nationality.

OUR MISSION

To portray the intellect, knowledge and potentials of Africans to the rest of the world; and also bring similar attributes of all humans all over the world to Africa; through every responsible media of communication; in a symbiotic and mutually beneficial relationship for the advancement of scholarship and development of the human race.

OUR MOTTO

Taking Africa to the world, bringing the world to Africa

 

Thank you for your time. I am yours sincerely,

 

Eserinune McCarty MOJAYE, Ph.D., Justice of Peace

Associate Professor of Mass Communication

Editor, Journal of Communication and Media Research

c/o Department of Mass Communication

Delta State University, Abraka

Delta State, Nigeria.

Email: jcmrjournal209@gmail.com

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