CfP – Special Issues

What is the relationship between Journalism and Foreign Aid?


—  See the special issue, now published online

Chamada em português – Call for papers in Portuguese

Llamado en Castellano – Call for papers in Spanish

Two Journal Special Issues will examine the influence and impact of foreign aid on journalism practice and education in Africa and in Latin America, respectively.

 In late 2017/early 2018 a special issue of the following journals will address the relationship between foreign development aid and the nature of media (especially journalism) in Africa and Latin America.  The issue of African Journalism Studies will focus on Africa; the issue of Latin American Communication Research (JLACR) will focus on Latin America.  Both will be open to relevant research addressing other regions. The issue of JLACR will be published in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. 

These two publications are a project of the AHRC/DfID funded research network “Development Assistance and independent journalism in Africa and Latin America”.  See the separate call for papers for the related Symposium on Foreign Aid and Journalism in Africa to be held at the University of Ghana on February 8, 2018 (available at

Editors for African Journalism Studies

  • Chris Paterson, University of Leeds
  • Audrey Gadzekpo, University of Ghana
  • Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town

Editors for Latin American Communication Research

  • Cosette Castro, Catholic University of Brasilia (UCB)
  • Jairo Lugo-Ocando, University of Leeds
  • María Soledad Segura, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina


The editors start from the premise that since the end of the Second World War foreign aid was substantially directed at disseminating a model of journalism practice and education aligned with the interests of donor nations.  In this context it is reasonable to assess the contemporary relationship between aid and journalism and the role foreign aid/development assistance has in Africa/Latin America, along with the impact it has had on fostering a critical and independent media sector.  We hope to encourage a global and interdisciplinary critical research agenda examining issues and problems arising from the intersection between journalism, foreign aid, media development, public diplomacy and foreign policy in historical and current contexts.

We are open to a variety of methodological approaches. Original research articles should be 6000-8000 words.  Journalists, Media and Media Development practitioners are invited to contribute shorter essays to the journal’s ‘Comments and Analysis’ section.  These will be peer-reviewed by an expert practitioner panel.

Key research questions include, but are not limited to:

  • What has been the role of international development assistance in shaping journalistic approaches and practices in Africa/Latin America and what are the consequences?
  • What has been the role of development assistance in shaping journalism education in Africa and Latin America?
  • To what extent has international development assistance fostered or inhibited independent journalism in Africa/Latin America?
  • What are the similarities and differences in the direct and indirect impacts of development assistance of journalism from the US, UK and other donors?
  • What are the continuities and discontinuities concerning the impact of development assistance on journalism practice and education in the post-Cold War era?
  • How has international development assistance either directly or indirectly affecting journalism been perceived by journalists, politicians and the general public in the beneficiary countries?
  • What interventions could be developed to counter any negative consequences of these traditions?
  • What has been the impact of development assistance as compared with other forms foreign investment on African/Latin American media (such as that of corporate or religious institutions)?
  • How has international development assistance either directly or indirectly impacted the development of the media industry in Africa/Latin America?


First drafts of research articles or commentaries are due by 15 February, 2018.  CALL EXTENDED TO 28 FEBRUARY 2018

For African Journalism Studies authors should submit their manuscripts to and indicate clearly AT THE TOP OF THE MS that the manuscript is intended for the special issue, and also whether it is a research article or a commentary.  For enquires related to the special issue email

For Latin American Communication Research authors should submit their manuscripts to and direct any enquires related to the special issue to