International Journal of Advanced Mass Communication and Journalism
2022, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Part A
Reorganisation of news production in Zimbabwe during COVID-19
Author(s): Teddy Mungwari, Sophia Mapuranga and Shupikai Kembo
Abstract: This article explores the reorganization of news production practices during COVID-19 pandemic in selected newsrooms in Zimbabwe. It examines how newspapers and radio stations coped with the imposition of lockdown measures and restrictions. The article analyses strategies employed by media houses to deal with challenges occasioned by the lockdown and examines changes in work routines, news gathering, processing and dissemination practices. This study is qualitative and employs thematic analysis of data. Technology mediated interviews were conducted from each of the selected media organisations which included Zimbabwe newspapers (Zimpapers) (The Herald, H-Metro, The Chronicle, B-Metro, Star FM, Capitalk, Nyami Nyami, Diamond), Classic 263, News Day, Central Radio, YAFM, NewsHawks, AB Communications and 263Chat. The lockdown restrictions created a situation where some news stations adopted simulcasting while taking turns to physically report for work and others worked from home using digital media technologies. The article concludes that different media organisations capacitated their reporters and producers with information, knowledge and ICTs to cope with the crisis. Newsrooms have adopted and innovated strategies and practices in the new normal.
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Teddy Mungwari, Sophia Mapuranga and Shupikai Kembo. Reorganisation of news production in Zimbabwe during COVID-19. International Journal of Advanced Mass Communication and Journalism. 2022; 3(1): 08-15.