A National Survey on the Professional Role Conceptions of Journalists in Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Ireri, Kioko
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-05T09:51:12Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-05T09:51:12Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/4286
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract The professional role conceptions of journalists have for many years remained a central strand in journalism studies. The present research investigates the professional role conceptions that Kenyan journalists perceive to be the most important in their work. Similarly, the professional role they consider the most important is further analyzed in relation to demographics (age, gender, education, contract type, media type, and media ownership). Findings from a national survey of 504 Kenyan journalists indicate that “providing citizens with information” is the most important role (61.3 percent), followed by “advocate for social change” (51.7 percent). The other major roles include to “support official policies” (46.9 percent), “motivate people to participate in civic activities” (45.6 percent), and “act as watchdog of government” (35.3 percent). The most important role—providing citizens with information—is backed across all demographics with a strong mean of 4.4 on a five-point scale ranging from 1 (“not important at all”) to 5 (“extremely important”). However, the difference of means across all the analyzed demographics are not statistically significant. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journalism Practice, 11:8, 1042-1061;
dc.subject Journalists en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.subject Kenyan Journalists en_US
dc.subject Professional Roles en_US
dc.subject Survey en_US
dc.title A National Survey on the Professional Role Conceptions of Journalists in Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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