Dr Joseph Olusegun Adebayo
Joseph Adebayo is an NRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Africa Studies at the University of Cape Town. He obtained his PhD from the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. His doctoral thesis, which applied a participatory action research methodology, was entitled: ‘Building Capacity for Conflict-sensitive Reportage of Elections in Nigeria’.
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The aim of the study was to build journalists’ capacity to report sensitive social issues such as elections in ways that create opportunities for society to consider and value nonviolent responses toward conflict by using insights from conflict analysis and transformation to update concepts of balance, fairness and accuracy in reporting. It also provides a new route map, which traces the connections between journalists, their sources, the stories they cover and the consequences of their reportage to societal peace and development.
His research interests include good governance and democracy in Africa, analysis of media (mis)representation of Africa, conflict-sensitive reportage of land reform and democracy in South Africa and building infrastructures for peace. Joseph is passionate about building the media’s capacity to promote good governance, societal peace and community development through conflict-sensitive reportage.