Introduction: Tabloid Journalism in Africa

  • Brian Chama


Brian Chama discusses the much-needed insights on the intersection of tabloid journalism in Africa and how it plays a critical role in democracy. Focusing on print media, the chapter also draws attention to tabloid journalism on Internet, on radio talk shows, and on television, which are part of the wider imperatives changing the practice of tabloid journalism and its definition of tabloidisation. In addition to looking at the challenges faced by the tabloid journalists in their practice within the infotainment genre, Brian explores some of the success stories within the tabloid journalism practice in Africa cutting across the entire continent with varieties of examples. The introductory chapter on tabloid journalism in Africa offers an engaging discussion on how tabloid journalism is shaping democracy using sensational language accompanied by sensational pictures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Chama
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  1. 1.Sheridan CollegeMississaugaCanada

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