Dr Hayes Mabweazara

Job title
Senior Lecturer, Journalism
Email
hayes.mabweazara@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 255864 Ext: 5864

Dr Mabweazara joined Falmouth University from Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland), where he completed his Doctoral Studies in Journalism with a study of the new media and mainstream journalism practice in Africa. Prior to coming to the UK he taught Journalism and cognate subject areas in Zimbabwe at the National University of Science and Technology and at the Zimbabwe Open University. 

The principal focus of his research interests lies in the field of the new digital media and journalism practice in Africa and the wider global South. His publications in this area feature in a number of international peer reviewed journals and edited book volumes.

 As well as serving on the editorial board of Digital Journalism (an international peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge), Dr Mabweazara is the Book Reviews Editor of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, a peer-reviewed journal co-published by Routledge and UNISA Press. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
Ph.D
Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
MA
Rhodes University, South Africa
BA (Hons)
University of Zimbabwe
BA (General)
University of Zimbabwe
PGCHE
Falmouth University, England

Honours and awards

YearDescription
2007

Awarded a Ph.D Studentship, School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University, UK.

2005

Awarded the Belgian Technical Cooperation Thesis Scholarship, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University (South Africa)

2004

Awarded a Staff Development Fellowship in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe)

Membership of external committees

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member of the Southern African Communication Association (SACCOM)
Member of the Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

The principal focus of my research interests and expertise lies in the field of the new media and journalism practice in Africa and the wider global South. My PhD research examined how Zimbabwean mainstream print journalists appropriate new technologies in their everyday professional practices. It explored how immediate conditions of practice and broader social circumstances set conditions for distinctive forms of new technology use, as well as how the technologies are impacting on traditional journalistic standards, values, and practices. My current research is partly built on the foundations of my PhD.

Following my PhD I was awarded a competitive research grant by The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation to carry out a cross-cultural comparative examination of newsmaking practices in Scottish and Zimbabwean newsrooms with respect to how journalists in the two countries use new information and communication technologies (ICTs). I have co-edited a special issue of 'Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism' (Sage) 12(6) (2011), themed ‘New Media and Journalism Practice in Africa: An Agenda for Research’. In addition, as well as co-editing (as lead editor) a book volume titled: 'Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices & Emerging Cultures' to be published by Routledge (2014), I am also currently guest-editing a special issue of Digital Journalism (Routledge), themed ‘Digital Technologies and the Evolving African Newsroom’ to be published in February 2014.         

I also have particular interest and expertise in the reception of media texts across cultures and recently completed a research project titled: ‘Digital “Pirate” Radio and the Struggle for Democracy in Zimbabwe’, funded by the Centre for Media and Transitional Societies (CMTS) at Carleton University, Canada in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). 

Research topics

African Journalism & Media Studies
Digital Journalism
Journalism Studies
Qualitative Research Methodologies
The Sociology of news

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Article

 

Mabweazara, Hayes (2016) Editorial (Introduction) 'African Digital Media Review'. African Journalism Studies ('African Digital Media Review'), 37 (4). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2374-3670 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2015) Mainstreaming the dynamics of African digital cultures, practices and citizen engagement. African Journalism Studies ('African Digital Media Review'), 36 (4). pp. 1-11. ISSN 2374-3670 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2015) African Journalism in the ‘Digital Era’: Charting a Research Agenda. African Journalism Studies, 36 (1). pp. 11-17. ISSN 2374-3670 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2014) Charting Theoretical Directions for Examining African Journalism in the ‘Digital Era’. Journalism Practice, 9 (1). pp. 106-122. ISSN 1751-2786 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2014) Readers Comments on Zimbabwean Newspaper Websites: How Audience Voices are Challenging and (Re)defining Traditional Journalism. Digital Journalism, 2 (1). pp. 44-61. ISSN 2167-0811 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2013) ‘Pirate’ Radio, Convergence and Reception in Zimbabwe. Telematics & Informatics, 30 (3). pp. 232-241. ISSN 0736-5853 Item not available from this repository. 

 

 

Mabweazara, Hayes (2011) Between the Newsroom and the Pub: The Mobile Phone in the Dynamics of Everyday Mainstream Journalism Practice in Zimbabwe. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 12 (6). pp. 692-707. ISSN 1464-8849 Item not available from this repository. 

 

Book Chapter

 

Mabweazara, Hayes (2017) Researching the Fluid and Multi-Sited Appropriations of Digital Technologies in African Newsrooms. In: Digital Technology and Journalism: An International Comparative Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN Not yet known (In Press) Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2017) Context, Prospects and Contradictions: Histories of Internet-Based Digital Journalism Research in Africa. In: Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories. Routledge, New York. ISBN 9781138812161 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2015) ‘A Clash of Cultures’: Pirate Radio Convergence and Reception in Africa. In: The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 494-504. ISBN 978-0-1-415-64404-4 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2015) ‘It’s Our Paper!’ Ethnic Identity Politics and Indigenous Language Newspapers Readers in Zimbabwe: The Case of uMthunywa. In: Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa: Mediating Conflict in the Twenty-First Century. I.B Tauris, London, UK, pp. 100-116. ISBN 978 1 78076 705 5 (HB) Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2014) Introduction: Online Journalism in Africa. In: Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures. Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 1-13. ISBN 9780415503747 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2014) The South African Mainstream Press in the Online Environment: Successes, Opportunities and Challenges. In: Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures. Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 34-48. ISBN 9781138689190 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes (2014) Zimbabwe’s Mainstream Press in the ‘Social Media Age’: Emerging Practices, Cultures and Normative Dilemmas. In: Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures. Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 65-85. ISBN 9781138689190 Item availability may be restricted.
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Book

 

Mabweazara, Hayes (2015) Digital Technologies and the Evolving African Newsroom: Towards an African Digital Journalism Epistemology (Edited Book ISBN 978-1-1 38-82383-9). Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice . Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-1 38-82383-9 Item availability may be restricted.
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Mabweazara, Hayes and Mudhai, Okoth Fred and Whittaker, Jason (2013) Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures. Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies . Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 978-0-415-50374-7 

 

Events

YearDescription
2013

Negotiating the Mucky Waters of User Generated Content on Zimbabwean Newspaper Websites, Presented at the ‘Rethinking Media & Journalism Practice Conference’, School of Media and Film, University of Winchester, Winchester, UK 31st May 2013.

2012

Setting an Agenda for Researching the ‘Impact’ of New Technologies on Journalism Practice in Africa, Presented at the Africa-UK Journalism Education Exchange Network, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK, 11-13 April 2012.

2011

‘Pirate’ Radio and the Struggle for Democracy in Zimbabwe, Presented at the ‘Joburg Radio Days Annual Conference’, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27-29 July 2011.

2011

Exploring Effective Pedagogies for Delivering Journalism Work-Based Learning in UK Higher Education, Presented at the Association of Journalism Education (AJE) Annual Conference, London Metropolitan University, 23–24 June. 2011.

2011

Tradition Lives On: Using Traditional Ethnography to Study New Digital Practices in Zimbabwean Newsrooms, Presented at the ‘28th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Contemporary Issues in Qualitative Research’, Wilfred Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, 12-14 May 2011.

2010

Emerging ‘Counter-Hegemonic’ Newsmaking Practices in Zimbabwe’s Mainstream Press: Assessing the Impact of the Mobile Phone, Presented at the ‘ICT: Africa’s Revolutionary Tools for the 21st Century?’, Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh, 4-5 May 2010.

2010

Between the Newsroom and The Pub’: The Mobile Phone and Mainstream Journalism Practice in Zimbabwe, Presented at the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Conference, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics, 6-8 January 2010.

2009

Examining the ‘Shifting’ Epistemological Imperatives of Mainstream Journalism Practice in Zimbabwe, Presented at the World Journalism Education Congress Africa-Regional Preparatory Colloquium, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University, 9 September 2009.

2009

Ethnography as Negotiated Lived Experience: Understanding the Deployment of New Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by Zimbabwean Journalists ‘from the inside,’ Presented at the Living Cultures: Contemporary Ethnographies of Culture Conference, Institute of Communications Studies (ICS), University of Leeds, 30-31 March 2009.

2009

Primary Research: Learning from Experience, Presented at the Creative Cultures: A Research Symposium, School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University, 5 March 2009.

2008

Transcending the Global Digital Divide? Investigating the Uses of New Information and Communication Technologies by Zimbabwean Journalists, Presented at the Southern African Communication Association (SACOMM) Conference, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, September 2008.

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
2010
‘Pirate Radio’ and the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe
Centre for Media and Transitional Societies (CMTS) at Carleton University in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
7,500
10 Non-EU-based charities Open competitive process
2010
A cross-cultural comparative study of the deployment and appropriation of new technologies (ICTs) by mainstream journalists in Scotland and Zimbabwe
Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
£10,000
2 UK-based charities - Open competitive process
2009
Field trip grant, investigating the appropriation of digital technologies in Zimbabwean newsrooms
Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust
£1,500
2 UK-based charities - Open competitive process

Teaching

Areas of teaching

Journalism Studies

Courses taught

Issues in Contemporary Journalism; Dissertation Supervision, Case Study (work based learning), Media and Popular Culture, Qualitative Research Methods

Professional engagement