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Studies in Broadcasting

Uses, benefits and challenges of using rural community telecentres as tools for development: the Case of Vikwa Community Telecentre in Kasungu, Malawi

 Sellina Khumbo Kapondera, Dave Mankhokwe Namusanya


This paper examines the uses, benefits and challenges of using telecentres as tools for development in Malawi focusing on one community telecentre: Vikwa Community Telecentre in the Kasungu district of Malawi. Quantitative and qualitative data were gathered using a questionnaire administered to 46 users; interviews with the Telecentre Manager; and observation of the categories of people coming to the telecentres; what they were using and challenges sues and challenges within the telecentre. The findings indicate that the users are improving their skills and knowledge, school performance, finding new friends and saving money. The community uses the telecentre to improve work related skills, keep in touch with friends and families and look for jobs. The negative finding is that telecentre usage is uneven as users are generally poor male youths with little education. Furthermore, the users face a number of challenges when using the telecentre. For the telecentre to have more impact on development, the paper recommends that the Vikwa Telecentre should work on attracting all groups of people in the community, change the internet service provider, buy an electricity generator, acquire more books and computers and train staff in customer care.

Keywords: development, telecentres, Malawi, multipurpose community telecentres, Vikwa Community Telecentre

Journal of Development and Communication Studies;  Vol 5, No 1 (2017) >




The perception of community radio as public sphere and its potential impact on political action: lessons from Tanzania

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 Adeniyi K. Bello, Kent Wilkinson


This study takes initial look at the promise of community radio as a public sphere. Given the interest that community radio has generated in the communication for development (C4d) arena, particularly its portrayal as a tool for democracy and good governance, the study attempts to ascertain whether the model through its flagship genre – political talk-back program can enact political participation or engender political efficacy within the African context. Data for the study came from a field research conducted in the United Republic of Tanzania. The study combines a survey with focus group and in-depth interviews. Relationships between engagement with community radio, political participation and interest, and political efficacy were examined, as well as its association with individual’s level of interpersonal discussion of local issues. A key finding shows that involvement with political talk programs on community radio can promote political participation and interest. Similarly, the result reveals an association between participation on talk program and political efficacy. These results are encouraging in that they point to community radio as serving useful democratic purpose in empowering citizens by giving voice to those considered “marginalized”, and at the same time fulfilling a major role of providing valued information at the local levels. As the foundation of public sphere, the stations seem to encourage active citizen participation and a healthy diversity of opinion. Certainly, this form of communication is needed for the occurrence of sustainable democratic development.

Keywords: community radio, public sphere, political efficacy, political awareness, Tanzania

Journal of Development and Communication Studies;  Vol 5, No 1 (2017)

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Exposure to Economic News on News Tickers and its Influence on Perception of Nigeria Economy by Television Audience in Awka

Chinenye Nwabueze, Ifeoma Okafor, Casmir Obiakor



This study set out to identify the frames adopted by television stations in Nigeria in the reporting of economic news through news tickers.  Three television stations, The Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), African Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television, were analysed to find out the framing patterns of economic news content of news tickers. The study further set to find out whether economic news content of news tickers influence viewers’ perception of the Nigerian economy. The survey and qualitative content analysis methods were used for this study; 591 news tickers were analysed for three months. The survey research design was used to interview 50 respondents purposively selected from five Ministries in Awka, the administrative capital of Anambra State, southeast Nigeria. Finding indicate that private television stations reported economic   news in   a predominantly fear frame while the government owned television stations adopted more of solution frame in economic news on news tickers. Findings also showed that majority of television audience in Awka were exposed to economic news in news tickers but this exposure does not influence their perception of the Nigeria economy.

Keywords: Newstickers, Framing, Economic news. Television Stations, Journalists



About Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a writer with passion for cutting-edge news

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