Monday, 6 October 2008

African Media Studies

Subscriptions to the exciting new Journal of African Media Studies (JAMS) are now available from Intellect here. For more information about the journal and how to submit articles and reviews, visit the journal's webpage.

The Journal of African Media Studies is an new interdisciplinary journal published three times a year. It aims to contribute to the on-going re-positioning of media and cultural studies outside the Anglo-American axis. The journal provides new theoretical debates grounded in empirical work and academic literature. It interprets media in a broad sense, incorporating not only formal media such as radio, television, print, internet and mobile telephony but also considers articles on 'informal', 'small' or 'indigenous' media such as music, jokes and theatre. JAMS is revolutionary in its thinking, including colour images, photographs and a book and film review section. The journal is edited by Winston Mano, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Westminster.

In its first issue, JAMS looks to assess the past and future of African Media Studies in relation to the effects colonialism. It also examines the relationship between media and power, corruption, feminism and capitalism. Music is also a key topic, as lyrics often mirror politics and are an important communication tool in a continent with high levels of illiteracy. Volume 1. Issue 1 features articles such as: 'Music advocacy, the media and the Malawi political public sphere, 1958–2007' by John Lwanda and 'The politics of corruption and the media in Africa' by Helge Rønning.

If you are considering an institutional subscription, email for a free sample copy.

Free online access
is available for the first issue here.

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