Research Papers/Topics in Journalism And Media Studies

From a Social Media Post to a Global Mass Movement: A Case Study of #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter

AbstractSocial media platforms have revolutionised the way users communicate, by providing an open and vast platform to discuss about the sensitive and stigmatized issues of the society. Social media is increasing with ubiquity, this research aims to seek and understand the role of social media and its engagement with users for diffusion of global social mass movements. Sexual abuse and racial discrimination are stigmatised issues that have took over the attention all across the g...

Strategic Marketing Management Practices Employed By Local Garment Making Mses And Their Effect On Competitiveness In Nairobi County, Kenya

ABSTRACT The Kenyan local garment making industry is characterized by slow growth and faces stiff competition from low priced imports. Extensive research has been carried out on the evident preference of imported clothes over locally made garments as well as the challenges facing locally made garments. These challenges range from fit to the value offered for locally made garments. However, the practice of managers of Micro and small sized enterprises, abbreviated as MSEs, in the loc...

Cinematographic Techniques Of Hilary Ngweno’s The Making Of A Nation

ABSTRACT Just in the same way the African history was reconstructed through such elements as archaeological sources, oral traditions among others, Hilary Ngweno‘s The Making of a Nation documentary film series used the same principle to reconstruct Kenya‘s political history through cinematographic elements such as archival materials (still photographs and a few video clips). The former has already become an academic discipline while the later is attracting an academic attention begi...

Set Components As A Modern Narrative: A Study Of Selected Feature Fiction Films On The Genocide Against The Tutsi

ABSTRACT This study aims at making meaning of set components in historical fiction films on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The argument is that when it comes to historical feature films, emphasis tends to be put on the general theme that the films tackles, highlighting the major turning points of the depicted historical events at the expense of the world the event is set in. The research also adopts the idea that a society relates fully and retains knowledge of an event that happe...

The Effect Of Docudrama Films On Psychological Distress Among Urban Women Refugees In Nairobi County, Kenya.

ABSTRACT The study sought to investigate how docudrama film could be used as a psychotherapeutic tool among traumatized women refugees. The objectives of the study were: to establish the levels of psychological distress, establish whether cinematic techniques affect psychological distress, and investigate the effectiveness of docudrama films on the levels of psychological distress among urban women refugees. The study employed mixed method research design which covered both qualitative...

Key Components Of Film Script Construction

ABSTRACT This study contended that love scenes, fight scenes, chase scenes and crowd scenes were essential components in film script writing. This study employed the Hollywood classical theory of film making. Hollywood classicism theoretical foundation is based, in many respects, on Freudian theory which rests on the principle of cause and effect where human action and interaction derive from psychological catalysts. The basic concern of this thesis was to determine if the component...

Assessment Of Adoption Of Teachers’ Service Commission Dress Code By Female Tutors In Public Teacher Training Colleges In Kenya

ABSTRACTIn an effort to maintain clothing styles within the teaching fraternity, Teachers Service Commission came up with design sketches for incorporation in dress code in 2006. The TSC manual of code of conduct and regulations, states that tutors should dress decently and be presentable. Numerous studies have been done in Kenya on clothing selection among teachers and other groups; however, there is limited documentation regarding dress code for tutors. This gap inspired a study to assess t...

Techniques Of Assessing Students’ Vocal Music Performance By Selected Universities In Kenya: Investigating Conformity With Procedural Evaluation Frameworks

ABSTRACTVocal music performance occupies a dominant position in the musical landscape of Kenya yet scholars have had numerous debates as to how music should be assessed and evaluated. Instructional refinement and related matters of liability have provided a domain for the widespread need for diverse assessment and evaluation grading systems. The title of the study was on “Techniques of assessing students’ vocal music performance by selected universities in Kenya: Investigating conformity ...

The Implications Of Nation Newspapers Peace Reporting In The Run Up To 2013 Elections In Kenya

This study examined peace reporting by Nation newspapers in the run up to the 2013 elections. In the run up to the 2013 general elections, Kenyans were constantly reminded of the 2007/2008 post election violence through newspaper reporting. Since the media is inextricably connected to elections, seemingly there was the need to interrogate the implications of peace messages in newspapers and the coverage of elections held in Kenya. The objectives of the study were: to ...

Enhancing Rural Development in Mberengwa North through Community Radio. Case of YA FM

AbstractThis study examines the role of YA FM in enhancing rural development in Mberengwa North district. The research sought to identify and review the major contributions that were brought by YA FM in the development of rural communities. The main focus of this research was to identify programmes related to rural development and how these are stimulating development in rural areas. Despite some challenges and personal agendas, YA FM has managed to design programmes ...

Caricaturing Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave’s Mutating Music Identity. Case of WhatsApp and Facebook Discourses

ABSTRACTWith music being part of our everyday lives, audiences easily get attached to the musicians and have certain expectations from their favourite musicians. This study set out to investigate the perspectives of the audiences on Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave’s mutating music identity. To achieve this objective, the researcher focused on Facebook and WhatsApp comments on Fungisai’s switch of genres. Qualitative research approach was employed in this study as the researcher was seeking...

An Investigation Into The Influence Of Public Relations On Media Content: A Case Of The Herald Business

ABSTRACTThe study sought to investigate why public relations copy has been freely finding its way into media content with the end result being the fourth estate, journalism, losing its watchdog role to has now come to be known as the ‘fifth estate’, which happens to be public relations departments of various organisations. The researcher subjected to empirical study the phenomenon that led to media under study, The Herald Business to be a channel through which public relations copy reappe...

Contesting Generational And Ethnic Discourses In Historical Accounts Of The Liberation Struggle. A Case Study Of The Sunday Mail Column, Chronicles From The Second Chimurenga.

ABSTRACTSince the attainment of independence in 1980, Zimbabwe’s historiography has been dominated by what Byrnes (2012:3) refers to as “Big History.” This Big History, authored by self-glorifying former nationalists and complemented by willing commissar intellectuals of the early 1980s, silenced the narratives of former fighting forces from the Second Chimurenga, which brought the country’s independence. However, studies utilizing a bottom up approach that is capturing the voices of ...

The (re)construction of history through fictional and non-fictional narratives. Hotel Rwanda and Rwanda’s Untold Story

ABSTRACTThis study is about the construction and reconstruction of „reality‟ in fictional and non-fictional films Hotel Rwanda (George, 2004) and Rwanda‟s Untold Story (Terry, 2014). The study explores, and explains how cinematographic and narrative techniques are used to (re)construct the history of the Rwanda genocide. Political Economy of Film and the Gaze theory were employed to provide a theoretical base for this research. The study employed qualitative research methods, archival r...

Critical reflections on the contribution to democratic deliberation of a typical conversational rhizome on twitter. A case study of Professor Jonathan Moyo’s selected tweets.

AbstractThe researcher focused on the contribution to democratic deliberation of a typical rhizome on twitter. The study explored the deliberations that were taking place on Jonathan Moyo’s twitter page @ProJNMoyo’s selected tweets. The researcher used the public sphere theory with close reference to the virtual public sphere, the network society theory as well as the deliberative democracy theory. The theories helped the researcher by setting the aggregates on how to give evaluations and...


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