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When the western journalist pictures Kenya: A minor field study about colonial heritage and cultural meetings
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines how Western foreign reporters think and reflect on how the post‐colonialheritage affect them in their journalistic portrayal and what journalistic fields they cover inKenya. The aim is also about to find what difficulties Western foreign reporters face in relationto culture and how they can handle post‐colonial thoughts and culture clashes in the best way.The investigation consists of a qualitative interview study. The results are based on interviewanswers from five Western foreign reporters covering Kenya, two Kenyan journalists and themedia researcher Anna Roosvall.The essay also contains an interpretation part, where the authors themselves have actWestern foreign reporters in Kenya and have collected journalistic experiences. By writingreportages and then analyze the experiences and the finished texts, they have tried to showhow they are affected by and experience the existence of colonial thoughts and culturaldifferences. The material was analyzed using the Post‐colonial theory, Cultural theory and thetheory of news values.The study concludes that there is no much concern over the portrayal among Westernjournalists; that they think it they have a good view of humanity and that they also have a greatresponsibility in terms of the image they create of Kenya. They cover both positive andnegative fields. Some of the Western journalist’s employers wish for stereotype and familiarreports from Kenya, while other employers of the Western journalists demand positive newsand want their reporters to show the "new Africa".The study shows that the Western journalists do not "want” to see the cultural differencesthat complicate their job. However, they give examples of things (which depending on how yousee it can be linked to culture) that complicate their professional practice; that things takelonger; that they more often than in their home country face bureaucracy, suspicion for beinginterviewed and pressure for money in exchange for information.In order to handle cultural difficulties can one for example learn the Kenyan language Swahili,obtain local contacts and prepare oneself for corruption and different kinds of pressure. Theportrayal of Kenya can be fairer if one stop to compare Kenya with the Western home country,if one look for more positive news, and include Kenya in a community rather than an outsider.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, journalistik, utrikesjournalistik, postkolonialism, medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap, kenya, kvalitativa forskningsintervjuer, framställning, mfs, minor field studies, stereotyp, kultur, kolonialt arv, över- och underläge, journalist, afrika, anna roosvall, vi och dom
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-55091Local ID: bfde0f39-a136-4386-9a89-6deb8928da1eOAI: diva2:1028472
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Media and Communication Science, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20120723 (anonymous)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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