News Coverage and International Media in East Africa

The following is a project created by Sameer Jamal for the course, Media, Culture, and Global Politics, taught by faculty member Nina Khrushcheva.

The Coronavirus crisis has been a global pandemic with catastrophic implications for people everywhere. The virus has reached nearly every part of the world, up to and including rural and Indigenous populations throughout the world. Its persistence threatens to wipe out communities and economies everywhere, creating grave concerns for governments and public health systems.
This project focuses on the Covid-19 crisis as it pertains to the region of Eastern Africa. My objective is to examine how national and international institutions – from governmental organisations to the press – are managing the information and knowledge-sharing campaign with local populations, specifically in the regions of Kenya and Tanzania. Furthermore, the project aims to interrogate how international media institutions and multilateral organisations traditionally approach crisis management in Africa.