Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising”

This new book brings together leading researchers and prominent journalists to explore the representation of sub-Saharan Africa, and the production of that image. Its twenty-nine chapters address topics from the coverage of Boko Haram and the Ebola crisis, to the emergence of the “Africa Rising” narrative, humanitarian and development discourses, and the impact of Twitter and Instagram on whose voices are heard.
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Contributors include: Salim Amin, Zeinab Badawi, Sean Jacobs, Francis Nyamnjoh, Herman Wasserman, Eliza AnyangweMichela Wrong, Howard French, Kate Wright, Martin Scott, Vivien Marsh, H. Nanjala Nyabola, Stijn Joye, Olatunji Ogunyemi, Toussaint Nothias, Danielle Becker, Anjan Sundaram, Rachel Flamenbaum, Heba Aly, Ludek Stavinoha, Audrey Ariss, Anya Schiffrin, James Wan, Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar and Noah Tsika
The book makes a substantial contribution by moving the academic discussion beyond the traditional critiques of journalistic stereotyping, Afro-pessimism, and ‘darkest Africa’ news coverage. It explores the news outlets, international power dynamics, and technologies that shape and reshape the contemporary image of Africa and Africans in journalism and global culture.

“Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks and Chris Paterson have assembled the single most important collection of analyses of African media and image in at least a quarter of a century. In practically all respects this volume goes beyond previous, mainly 20th century, northern-centered ways of framing and thinking about Africa’s media image”.
Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Bowling Green State University

“This is an excellent book which fills a crucial gap in existing literature. It has a wide range of contributors offering key insights and analysis – a must read for students and academics in development studies as well as those in media and international journalism.”
Gregory Philo, University of Glasgow

The book is available for purchase via Routledge.