A research paper by Dr. Kioko Ireri, an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been published in the current issue of Journal of Media Ethics – the world’s number one journal in the field of journalistic ethics. The paper – “Do They Preach Water but Drink Wine? Examining ‘The Corruption Dragon’ in Kenyan Journalism” - investigates the prevalence of corruption in Kenya’s journalism practice.
Based on a national representative sample of 504 journalists drawn from 62 media outlets in Kenya, the findings show that a majority of Kenyan journalists (74%) believe that corruption is rife in the Kenyan media. Nearly 46% of local journalists learned the art of corruption through the source-journalist relationship, followed by the legacy inherited from older generations (20.3%). Cash (40%) is the most common form of corruption – and politicians are the top source of bribes to Kenyan journalists, followed by businesspeople. More than 77% of Kenyan journalists say corruption in the local media compromises objective journalism.
The research paper is one of the ten variables that Dr. Ireri examined in his Indiana University-Bloomington doctoral dissertation – “Constructing A Portrait of Kenyan Journalists In The 21stCentury: Demographics, Job Satisfaction, Influences On News Values and Autonomy, And Standards of Journalism Training”.
Three other papers from his dissertation have already been published in top world journals. They include: "A National Survey of Demographics Composition of Kenyan Journalists” (Journalism, 2015), "High Job Satisfaction Despite Low Income: A National Study of Kenyan Journalist" (Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 2016), and “A National Survey on the Professional Role Conceptions of Journalists in Kenya” (Journalism Practice, 2016).
Dr. Ireri publishes paper on corruption prevalence in Kenyan journalism