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Tabloidisation and the coverage of political issues in Zimbabwe - the case of Joice Mujuru

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dc.contributor.advisor Khan, K. B.
dc.contributor.advisor Vambe MT Gadzikwa, Wellington 2018-08-22T09:45:12Z 2018-08-22T09:45:12Z 2017-10
dc.identifier.citation Gadzikwa, Wellington (2017) Tabloidisation and the coverage of political issues in Zimbabwe - the case of Joice Mujuru, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <>
dc.description.abstract The study critically explored the tabloidisation of political news in Zimbabwe by focussing on the coverage of the expulsion of Joice Mujuru from ZANU PF and government by selected newspapers. The study analysed three national dailies across the ownership divide; The Herald, Daily News and NewsDay. The objective of the study was to establish whether or not the decline in standards of journalism and performance in Zimbabwe could be attributed to tabloidisation. The study employed a qualitative methodology through qualitative content analysis and in-depth interviews to assess whether the framing reflected tabloid or broadsheet journalism styles. The framing of Joice Mujuru by The Herald was pejorative and derisive as she was depicted as corrupt, traitor, inept and a simplistic thinker who cannot handle issues to do with statecraft. Daily News sympathised with Joice Mujuru as a victim of chauvinistic factional politics in ZANU PF, especially, after the death of her husband, General Solomon Mujuru. The study argued that Joice was also depicted as a brave leader who could challenge for the office of the president, if she formed a coalition with MDC –T leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Daily News sought to counter all the negative framing of Joice Mujuru by The Herald. NewsDay framing was sympathetic, like Daily News but was more inclined on creating an image of a moderate leader in Mujuru, one who would be acceptable to all Zimbabweans because she had the critical liberation war credentials that Tsvangirai lacked and Mujuru’s perceived abilities to extricate the country from the economic challenges by mending relationships with the West. Despite the diametrically opposed frames in terms of The Herald versus Daily News and NewsDay, all the newspapers are undergoing the damaging process of tabloidisation by employing tabloid styles and formatting in their political news coverage through sensationalism, trivialisation and emotionalism. It was argued that the media needs self-introspection and recommitment to ethical and objective journalism as the watchdogs of society. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 269 leaves) : illustrations, color photographs
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Tabloids
dc.subject Tabloidisation
dc.subject Sensationalism
dc.subject Trivialisation
dc.subject Framing
dc.subject Broadsheet
dc.subject The Herald
dc.subject NewsDay
dc.subject Daily News
dc.subject Journalism
dc.subject Media standards
dc.subject ZANU PF
dc.subject Joice Mujuru
dc.subject.ddc 070.44932096891051
dc.subject.lcsh Mujuru, Amai Joice T. R. (Amai Joice Teurai Ropa)
dc.subject.lcsh Zimbabwe -- Politics and government -- 1980- -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media -- Political aspects -- Zimbabwe -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Press and politics -- Zimbabwe -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Government and the press -- Zimbabwe -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Journalism -- Political aspects -- Zimbabwe -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Communication in politics -- Zimbabwe -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Tabloid newspapers -- Zimbabwe -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh ZANU-PF (Organization : Zimbabwe)
dc.title Tabloidisation and the coverage of political issues in Zimbabwe - the case of Joice Mujuru en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Communication D. Litt. et Phil. (Communication)

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