Meghan Sobel Cohen's research while affiliated with Regis University and other places

Publications (7)

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This study examines how journalists in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya perceive their journalistic role orientations in light of the countries’ differing political systems, Rwanda representing the nation with the most restrictive political system, Uganda sitting in the middle and Kenya illustrating the nation that is home to the least restrictive politica...
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This study compared 50 years of the New York Times’ international news (N = 20,765) with U.S. foreign aid allocations and country rankings in Freedom House's Freedom in the World report to understand how the amount of foreign aid relates to the amount and content of coverage of nations as well as whether/how political similarity impacts coverage an...
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This study examined public trust in the media through focus groups with young, educated urbanites in Rwanda. Despite the fact media in Rwanda incited violence during the 1994 genocide, results revealed that the Rwandan public highly trust their local news, especially state-run media. The findings suggest frameworks for studying media trust should c...
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Rwanda has received international praise for its rapid development and is said to be undergoing a ‘technology revolution’ at the hands of President Paul Kagame who has been described as a ‘Digital President’. This quantitative content analysis of Kagame’s official Twitter account analysed the first ten years of his tweets and found that he primaril...
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Despite enduring “some of the worst political and economic chaos anywhere in the world” (Mwesige, P. G. 2004. “Disseminators, Advocates and Watchdogs: A Profile of Ugandan Journalists in the New Millennium.” Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism 5 (1): 69–96. doi:10.1177/1464884904039556), for the last quarter century Uganda has seen significant...
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Press freedom is said to be a necessary pillar of democracy. As many sub-Saharan African nations move towards creating or strengthening democracies, examining their levels of press freedom may be an important element. This study utilizes public opinion data from 10 nations in the sub-Saharan African region and international press freedom rankings f...
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Today, Kenya has a vibrant media landscape, one of the most sophisticated in the region. In particular, vernacular radio—radio stations that broadcast news and entertainment in indigenous languages—is thriving. Vernacular stations have grown in popularity and there are now more than 30 airing across the country. However, critics have suggested that...

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... This has led to strong competition for humanitarian funding and, subsequently, media attention Kapoor, 2013). Several researchers (e.g., Bennett & Kottasz, 2015;Brown & Minty, 2008;Sobel Cohen et al., 2021) explain this struggle for media attention by pointing to the phenomenon that the scale of provided assistance rather corresponds with the level of media attention the humanitarian crisis received than with its magnitude. Some researchers (Sobel Cohen et al., 2021) even find a correlation between the amount of news coverage a crisis receives and the amount of humanitarian assistance. ...
... Third, the Rwandan government's political will and leadership engagement was crucial in influencing vaccine acceptance across the country. Public trust in government health programs is high in Rwanda, enabling the HPV vaccine to be introduced with support ( McIntyre & Sobel Cohen, 2021;Wellcome Global Monitor, 2018). Political will translates into seeking and securing external partnerships, continually engaging with national stakeholders and advocates, promoting the synthesis of scientific evidence to support the impact of HPV vaccines, and diffusing effective communication strategies related to the campaign across various platforms . ...
... It is important to note that Kiswahili is used in urban centres with certain occupations in Kenya. Television broadcasts and print materials are in English and Kiswahili (Cohen & McIntyre, 2019). Radio broadcasts may be heard in Kiswahili, English, and some ethnic languages, for instance, Gikuyu which is one of the languages with the highest population in Kenya. ...