Title: Radio news to better understand a terrorist crisis context : the case of studio Tamani in Mali
Authors : Spurk, Christoph
Keel, Guido
Conference details: ICAfrica2016 Conference, Growing Communication Scholarship, Nairobi, 2016
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 070: News media, journalism and publishing
Abstract: Studio Tamani in Mali is a radio project initiated by Fondation Hirondelle after the 2012 rebellion conducted by various rebel groups in the North of Mali, the military coup in March 2012 and the French military intervention in early 2013 took place. It aims at providing the population with fact-based news and constructive dialogue formats. The programmes should give a reliable account of the days’ events, address the causes of conflict, and add to a better understanding of different viewpoints regarding the conflict. In our study, we find out whether and how Studio Tamani achieves its objectives regarding a change in knowledge, perceptions and behaviour of different segments in society. The study has two pillars. The first pillar is a systematic description of the unique content quality of the broadcast by Studio Tamani, and the second one is identifying what the impacts of those broadcasts are. Regarding news programmes, the study will first investigate the differences between news of Studio Tamani and news of two reference radio in terms of selection of news topics, diversity of sources, background information, balance of viewpoints and different understandings of the crisis. Furthermore, a dialogue format where various stakeholders are invited daily to debate issues is assessed on its content, the background of the participants and the pattern of arguments. Based on the comparative results delivered by content analysis, the second pillar will identify the effects of the broadcasts with different segments of the audience. The study will conduct interviews with listeners from various radio stations on what they know about and how they perceive the conflict. The assumption is that Tamani provides listeners with more comprehensive content, based on larger diversity of sources and more balanced diversity of viewpoints. If that can be proven via content analysis, it can be expected that listeners of Studio Tamani understand the conflict better, and have knowledge about a wider range of facts and viewpoints. The study will test whether those effects exist.   Additionally, interviews will be conducted with the participants in the dialogue, as they might have been directly involved in actual change processes, like in peace negotiations. Dialogue participants (20 to 30, depending on the results from the content analysis) political leaders, civil society, experts, conflict groups) will be interviewed on their perception of the dialogue, the feedback they got from supporters, and on their follow-up with other dialogue participants. The empirical research for this study will be carried out from March (content analysis) to May (interviews) 2016. It is seen as a pilot that should also show general opportunities of how independent radio stations can demonstrate their impacts in conflict settings.
Departement: Angewandte Linguistik
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Media Studies (IAM)
Publication type: Conference Paper
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/7597
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