New media technologies and internal newsroom creativity in Mozambique

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Abstract

This paper discusses the various ways in which a community newspaper in Mozambique is creatively appropriating new media technologies to enhance its news production and distribution practices. Far from being backward, the case of @Verdade demonstrates that despite being under-resourced, community newspapers in Africa are catching up in terms of creatively appropriating new media technologies. Besides spawning new ways of practising journalism, this article argues that the pervasiveness of new media technologies in the routines of the @Verdade newsroom has engendered collaborative storytelling while at the same time destabilizing traditional journalism’s ethical practices. Using data drawn from qualitative research, the study discusses how the use of social network sites, the mobile phone as well as the internet in general are aiding @Verdade to generate and engage with news sources as well as deliver content to diverse audiences. Drawing on structuration theory (as modified by Orlikowski) and the sociology of journalism approach, the paper argues that the disruptive impact of new media technologies needs to be understood as a duality of influences—the human agency of individual journalists and owners (internal newsroom creativity) vis-à-vis the wider context of news production (restructuring of journalism practice).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-28
Number of pages17
JournalDigital Journalism
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • @Verdade
  • Citizen journalism
  • Creative appropriation
  • Mozambique
  • New media technologies
  • Newsrooms
  • Social media
  • Structuration theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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