Networking African journalism educators: bonding, bridging, and linking

Guy Berger


Professional networking of African journalism educators is a complex matter for reasons related to the
fragmentary identity and fragile resource base of this constituency. African journalism educators thus
share many characteristics which ironically dilute the sense of a clear and common identity that could
facilitate networking as a community. The prospects for building a social network amongst this
constituency can be analysed in terms of theories of social capital and a review of various
experiences. The results suggest that “bridging” to external constituencies with resources is the most
fertile method of community creation, and this driver is central to building social capital via enhanced
relationships in the African journalism education sector.

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