Development Assistance and independent journalism in Africa and Latin America: A cross-national and multidisciplinary research network

This project is creating an international and inter-disciplinary research network to explore the relationship between international development aid and local journalistic practice and training in Africa and Latin America.

The network will allow researchers to examine the global power relations and geo-politics of foreign aid that since the end of the Second World War was substantially directed at disseminating a specific model of journalism practice and education aligned with the interests of donor nations. It will consider the extent to which the diffusion of a US/UK based model of journalism practice has been central to the ‘modernisation’ project in international development. This network project is linked to journalism practice, journalism education, and critical journalism studies in the context of the impact that foreign aid/development assistance has had in these regions and how this has affected the ability of these developing regions to foster a critical and independent media sector.

This Research Network is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Department for International Development (DFID)