Prophets without Honor: Peripheral Actors in Kenyan Journalism

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Prophets without Honor: Peripheral Actors in Kenyan Journalism


  • j. Siguru Wahutu Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, USA / Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, USA


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Abstract:  In sub-Sahara Africa, periphery contributors exist in a liminal space. They are at once valorized and treated with suspicion by the local journalism and political fields. Valorization occurs when they engage with, and challenge, journalism from the global north, and the opposite occurs when they do the same for the local fields. Focusing on the former and not the latter is a disservice to the complicated and nuanced relationship these actors have with the journalism field and perpetuates a mythologized and romanticized narrative about the redemptive qualities of online platforms.

Keywords:  Africa; Kenya; journalism; social media

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v7i4.2552


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