CFP: African Journalism Studies @40

Invitation for submissions for a Special Issue

Special Issue Title: AJS at 40. Towards an agenda for African journalism and media research in changing communication ecologies

African Journalism Studies(AJS)—formerly Equid Novi— was launched in 1980 as an intervention to provide space for research on the then fairly nascent field of journalism and media studies within South Africa. Over the years, and with South Africa’s reintegration into the African and global political economy post-1994, the journal grew to become one of the leading spaces for research within the media studies discipline, increasingly attracting voices from across the African continent (including the MENA region). As it celebrates its four decades in existence, the journal continues to strive to become the preeminent intellectual platform for both emerging and established researchers from Africa, and also to engage in comparative research and conversations between the Global South and the Global North.

The special issue will feature full research articles as well as shorter critical essays and reflections. We invite submissions of full research articleson any of the following topics:

The history of journalism and media research in South Africa and on the African Continent
African epistemological frameworks for understanding African media and its role in changing societies
The shifting digital media ecologies and implications for journalism and media research in Africa
The political economy of African journalism and media
Towards a sociology of African journalism in a changing media milieu.
Decolonizing African journalism and media research
The future of journalism education in Africa
An agenda for journalism and media research in Africa
Researching Journalism and Media in Africa: Reflections on Methodologies
Researching African language news and politics in Africa
African journalism in the era of surveillance
Beyond ‘voices from the suburbs’: How African journalism can serve society better
African journalism and struggles for democratization

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications. Full articles should be submitted via the Journal’s electronic submission platform, and must adhere to the AJS submission guidelines

The word account should be between 6000-8000 words. Please make your submission under the category of “Special Issue”.

Deadline for Full Paper submissions:15th January 2021.

All queries regarding submissions should be emailed to Prof Wallace Chuma (