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Anglophone African Newspaper Coverage of AIDS: Comparing Media Links to New Models of Press-State Relations and Structural Factors

The immediate objective of the proposed paper is to systematically compare AIDS coverage in major English-language newspapers in thirteen Anglophone sub-Saharan African countries displaying high and low prevalence of AIDS, after placing these countries in the context of the three distinct media system models. The three models are an effort to adapt Hallin & Mancini’s three models of media and politics, constructed to describe patterns in Western Europe (Comparing Media Systems, Cambridge University Press, 2004) , to circumstances in sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa. After defining and characterizing three African models as “pluralist”, “instrumental” and “hegemonic”, the paper then develops a research design to compare these “media system” explanatory factors with “structural” factors (such as level of Gross Domestic Product, literacy rate, infant mortality rate, etc.), factors found important in previous cross-national research on AIDS in Africa, in order to compare the explanatory power of both media system and structural levels of analysis. This paper is part of a larger project comparing the contribution of variations in journalism culture (dispassionate or “public”/”civic” journalism), media systems and structural factors to cross-national differences in reporting on AIDS in Africa.

Celebration of Student Achievement

The Thirteenth Annual Celebration of Student Achievement Main Event will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2010! The College of New Jersey will showcase student accomplishments in academic  research, performance, and creative work throughout the month of April and early May. Students in every Department and Program have something to offer. An all-day celebration with hundreds of… Continue Reading

The College of New Jersey’s definition of undergraduate research, broadened to “faculty-student scholarly and creative collaborative activity,” reflects our focus on the collaborative nature of the academic work done by our faculty and students together, in all disciplines. We recognize that learning is greatly enhanced when students are involved in authentic research or original creative… Continue Reading