Background

Joy is a doctoral candidate majoring in journalism studies. Her research focuses on the re-emerged concept of constructive journalism and it's implications on Africa's Journalism Practice. Prior to joining the department, she served as a lecturer at Daystar University's communication department (2013-2017) where she taught electronic media courses. She holds an MSc. in Communication Studies from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Communication from the University of Alabama. She also holds a Diploma in Journalism from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication.

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Ongoing Research

Overall, Joy's research seeks to understand the implications of constructive journalism on Africa's Journalism Practice from the perspective of Kenya's journalism practice. More specifically, her research applies multimodal discourse analysis to interrogate the extent to which Kenya's journalism practice utilises constructive journalism techniques in their daily reportage. Three purposively sampled news events will be utilised for this purpose. Consequently, the findings should reveal which types of news genres, and news events lend themeselves most to constructive journalism ideals. Qualitative interviews from journalists practicing in Kenya should reveal the feasibility and practicality of constructive journalism in media environments with unique socio-cultural and politcal contexts.

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