National University of Science & Technology

"Think In Other Terms"

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies was conceived in 1999, following recommendations by the Williams Commission in 1989. The Commission noted that communication and information science were fast becoming major technological developments globally. In view of these fast developments in information technology, the Commission recommended that the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) establish a Faculty of Communication and Information Science to meet these challenges. This Faculty would incorporate the Department of Journalism and Media Studies which would be tasked with offering sound technical and theoretical training in broadcast and print journalism while also highlighting the dynamic, exciting world of new information technologies. Following these recommendations by the Commission, NUST had wide-ranging consultations with stakeholders from the media fraternity, civil society, government and the general Zimbabwean community in 1999. The consultation process was important for surveying the needs of these key stakeholders to ensure that the university formulated a relevant programme that addressed the pressing professional requirements of the local media while at the same time adhering to regional and international journalism and media standards. The Journalism and Media Studies Department offers three programmes. An undergraduate Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. It is a four-year full-time programme with a versatile curriculum that academically, practically and technically adequately addresses most of the problems faced by journalists locally, regionally and internationally. There is a Master of Science Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. This is a Block release MSc programme studied over a period of 24 months, of which a minimum of 12 months are for the dissertation. The Department also offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations on block release.

Departmental Staff

  • NAME: THABANI MPOFU
  • OCCUPATION: CHAIRPERSON / LECTURER

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MSc (Journalism and Media Studies), NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 
  2. PGD (Media and Communication Studies), University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.
  3. Bachelor of Arts, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT:

  1. Gender and Media Manager, Gender Links, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  2. Managing Editor, Chronicle, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
  3. Assistant Editor, Sunday News, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Media and Climate Change
  2. Gender, Media and Development
  3. Media, development and democracy

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS /ORGANISED:

  • 6th International Conference on Manufacturing Processes, Systems and Operations Management (March 2015), Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
  • International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming at Institutions of Higher Learning (September 2014), Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
  • World Journalism Education Congress (July 2013) Mechelen, Belgium. Presentation Title: Challenges of teaching science journalism in Zimbabwe.
  • Gender and Media Summit, (August 2010, August 2014) Johannesburg, South Africa.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS:

  • Member of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ)

  • NAME: Sithandekile Sibanda
  • OCCUPATION:Senior Secretary

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Hons (Entrepreneurship), LSU, Zimbabwe, ( Current studies)
  2. HND ( Office Management), Bulawayo Polytechnic, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT : Department of Justice- Regional Magistrates Courts; Matabeleland North Province, Executive Assistant
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Women empowerment
  2. Women in the Media and Society

  • NAME: BHEKINKOSI JAKOBE NCUBE
  • OCCUPATION: LECTURER

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MSc (Journalism & Media Studies), NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 
  2. Graduate Diploma (Media & Communication Studies), UZ, Harare, Zimbabwe 
  3. Graduate Diploma (Higher Education), NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  4. Certificate (International Broadcasting), RNTC, Hilversum, Netherlands
  5. BA (Gen), UZ, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT: Chronicle (Zimpapers), Bulawayo Agenda
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Alternative media and identities
  2. Community and online radio
  3. Media, human rights and democracy
  4. Media and the politics of belonging

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

  • East African Communication Association Conference (October 2013) Nairobi, Kenya: Presentation Title: Frames in news discourse on Nelson Mandela’s illness and hospitalization: A study of Nigerian and Zimbabwean newspapers. 
  • SACCOM Conference (Sept 2013) Port Elizabeth, South Africa: Presentation Title: Digital constellations in the age of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs): Investigating the impact of free-to-air satellite decoders in Zimbabwe’s political landscape
  • The African Council for Communication Education (November 2012) Conference, (Minna, Nigeria): Presentation Title: An Ethnographic Study of the Use of Social Media by Marginalized Political Movements in Zimbabwe. 

  • NAME: Bhekizulu Tshuma B
  • OCCUPATION: Professional Instructor

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MSc in Journalism and Media Studies (NUST)
  2. Bsc (Hons) Journalism and Media Studies (NUST)
  3. Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (NUST)
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT : Reporter/presenter Radio Dialogue FM (Byo).
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  • MOBILE: +263 772 994 459

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Media and politics
  • New media and democracy

  • NAME: Blessing Jona
  • OCCUPATION: Lecturer

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MSc in Journalism and Media Studies, NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. 
  2. BSc. (Hons) Journalism and Media Studies.
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT : New Ziana
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Media, Culture & Politics.
  2. Popular Culture Reception Studies

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS /ORGANISED:

  • International Conference on the UNESCO Global Partnership on Media and Information Literacy (June 2013) Abuja Nigeria.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS :

  • Chairman of the Media ethics Committee, Zimbabwe Media Council 

  • NAME:Clayton Moyo
  • OCCUPATION:Broadcast Media Professional Instructor

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MSc Journalism and Media Studies
  2. PGD in Higher Education
  3. BSc Hons in Journalism and Media Studies
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT: Radio Dialogue
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Identity and the media
  2. Representation of social minorities in the media
  3. Social media adoption in newsrooms

  • NAME:Dr. Cleophas T. Muneri
  • OCCUPATION: Lecturer

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Ph.D. - Media and Intercultural Communication, University of New Mexico, New Mexico, USA
  2. MA - Communication and Media Studies, UZ, Zimbabwe
  3. Post Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication Studies – UZ, Zimbabwe
  4. BA English and Linguistics, UZ, Zimbabwe
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Media, democracy, human rights, and citizenship
  2. Cultural identities and the media
  3. New information technologies, political participation and journalism
  4. Intercultural Communication and Conflict Management

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

  1. Muneri, C.T. & Collier, M. J. (2014, February). A Framework for Critical Reflexivity: Research with Community Based Organizations in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Intercultural Communication Interest Group, Paper submitted and accepted and selected as top paper at the Western States Communication Association Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  2. Muneri, C. T. (2013, November). Critical Dances of resistance: Negotiating democratic relations and relationships in Zimbabwe. Competitively selected panel, Culture and Critical Community Engagement: Case Studies of Dances with Differences. International and Intercultural Communication Division, National Communication Association Conference, Washington, D.C.
  3. Muneri, C. T. (2012, May). The role of media and civil society in the transition to democracy in Zimbabwe. Paper presented to the Fulbright Association of New Mexico, New Mexico, Albuquerque.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS:

  • Member of International Communication Association
  • Member of National Communication Association (USA)
  • member of Western States Communication Association (USA)

  • NAME: Meluleki Nhlanhla Sibanda
  • OCCUPATION: Technician

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. BSc (Computer Science), NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 
  2. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  3. Diploma (Telecommunication Systems), City and Guilds
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT: Ingwebu Breweries
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Computer security and  cloud computing

  • Name: MTHOKOZISI NDHLOVU
  • OCCUPATION: LECTURER

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MSc in Journalism and Media Studies (NUST) 
  2. Postgrad Diploma in Higher Education (NUST)
  3. BSc (Hons) in Journalism and Media Studies (NUST) 
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT: Chronicle
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Climate change communication 
  2. Media and Politics

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS /ORGANISED:

  • 1st International Conference on Innovation for Sustainability under Climate Change and Green Growth: 26-28 May 2015, Johannesburg: South Africa

  • NAME: NKOSANA DUBE
  • OCCUPATION: TEMPORARY FULL-TIME LECTURER

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MSc (Journalism and Media Studies), NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  2. BSc (Hons) Journalism and Media Studies, NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT : Dabane Trust, Ministry of Education Zimbabwe
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. ICTs and Journalism Practice
  2. New Media, Youths and Political Capital

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS /ORGANISED:

  • New Media Workshop Training of Trainers Workshop organized by UNESCO (September 2013, ) Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Media and Gender Mainstreaming workshop organized by UNESCO (September, 2014) Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Mobile Reporting and Digital Storytelling Workshop organized by Her Zimbabwe (May, 2015) Harare, Zimbabwe

  • Name:  Nqobile Nyathi
  • Occupation: Lecturer

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1.  MA Journalism, University of Westminster, London
  2.  BA Journalism and Media Studies; Literature in English, Rhodes, South Africa
  • Previous Employment:Financial Gazette; Daily News
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Research Interests:

  1.  Evolving news forms and writing styles and their relationship to reader interest in and comprehension of news.
  2.  Evolution of the news paradigm in Zimbabwe.
  3.  Usability of news websites.
  4.  Strategic management in news media companies.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS/ORGANISED:

  • International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (August 2012), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
  • SADC Organisation of Public Accounts Committees’ Conference (November 2011) Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Presentation Title: PACs’ Relationship with Civil Society Organisations, Media and the General Public: Key to Effective Accountability.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS:

  • Member International Association for Literary Journalism Studies; Member Zimbabwe chapter of the Internet Society.

  • NAME: PHILLIP SANTOS
  • OCCUPATION: LECTURER

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MA Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes, Grahamstown, South Africa 
  2. BSc (Hons.) Journalism and Media Studies, NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT : Media for Development, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Mediated rhetoric and argumentation
  2. Political Communication
  3. The media, social memory and identity
  4. Mediated Discourses
  5. Critical analysis of new media’s social dimensions

  • NAME: THANDOLWENKOSI NKOMO
  • OCCUPATION: LECTURER

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MSc Journalism and Media Studies, NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  2. BSc (Hons) Journalism and Media Studies, NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT : Mirror Newspaper (Botswana), Business Leaders Magazines (Botswana), Chronicle (Zimbabwe)
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Public Relations
  2. Corporate Communication 
  3. Journalism Education and career development

  • NAME: SHEPHERD MPOFU
  • OCCUPATION:LECTURER (NUST) AND POST DOCTORAL FELLOW (UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG)

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Ph.D. Media Studies
  2. Masters in Film and TV
  3. Bsc (Hons) Journalism and Media Studies,NUST,Zimbabwe 
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT: Weekly Times
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Media and politics
  2. New media, identity, representation
  3. Film, diaspora, media and ethnicity

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Mpofu, Shepherd. 2015. ‘When the subaltern speaks: citizen journalism and genocide ‘victims’’ voices online.’ Digital African Review: A special issue of African Journalism Studies, 36(4): 82-101. 
  • Mpofu, Shepherd. 2016. ‘Toxification of national holidays and national identity in Zimbabwe’s post 2000 nationalism’, Journal of African Cultural Studies, 28(1): 28-43 DOI:10.1080/13696815.2015.1062354. 
  • Mpofu, Shepherd. (Forthcoming 2016). Making heroes, (un)making the nation?: ZANU-PF’s imaginations of the Heroes Acre, heroes and construction of identity in Zimbabwe from 2000-. African Identities. 
  • Mpofu, Shepherd. (Forthcoming 2016). ‘Participation, citizen journalism in the contestations of identity and national symbols: A case of Zimbabwe’s national heroes and the Heroes’ Acre.’ African Journalism Studies. 
  • Mpofu, Shepherd. (Forthcoming 2016). ‘Zimbabwe’s public media and the mediation of the 1980s genocide 28 years on.’ Journal of African Media Studies. 
  • Colin Chasi and Shepherd Mpofu. (Under Review). Mandelaism in newspaper advertising that ‘pays tribute’ to Mandela after his death 
  • Mpofu, Shepherd. 2013. ‘Social media and the politics of ethnicity in Zimbabwe’, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 34:1, 115-122 
  • Mpofu, Shepherd. 2013. New media, old news: Journalism and democracy in the digital age. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 34:3, 161-163 (Book Review) 
  • Mpofu, Shepherd. 2011. ‘African media and the digital public sphere’, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 32:1, 104-106 (Book Review).

Book chapters

  • Mpofu, Shepherd. 2014. ‘Memory, national identity and freedom of expression in the information age: Discussing the taboo in the Zimbabwean public sphere’, In Solo, A. M. G (Ed) Handbook of Research on Political Activism in the Information Age. Pennyslavania: IGI Global Publications.
  • Mpofu, Shepherd. 2015. ‘Transnational public spheres and Deliberative Politics in Zimbabwe’ pp. 34-52. In Ogunyemi, Ola (Ed) Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora. London: Palgrave.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS /ORGANISED:

  • Shepherd Mpofu, When the subaltern speaks: Victims’ Voices in Zimbabwe’s Gukurahundi Genocide. From the Second to the Third Chimurenga:Historical Perspectives on Zimbabwe’s Recent Past. University of Free State, Bloemfontein, 11-12 November 2015. 
  • Shepherd Mpofu, Zimbabwe’s Diasporic New Media and Conversations on Conflict, Media of Diaspora Research Group (MDRG): International Symposium on Journalism, Diaspora and Conflict Resolution. University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, UK. Friday 16 October, 2015. 
  • Shepherd Mpofu, and Colin Chasi, Mandelaism, patriotism and parasitism: A semiotic study of newspaper adverts from the week of Mandela’s death. Paper presented at the SACOMM conference, “The ME Factor”. AFDA Cape Town Campus, South Africa, 28-30 September 2015. 
  • Shepherd Mpofu, Journalisms of post-conflict: commentary, resistance and memory in Owen Maseko’s banned Zimbabwean genocide exhibition. Paper presented at the SACOMM conference, “The ME Factor”. AFDA Cape Town Campus, South Africa, 28-30 September 2015. 
  • Shepherd Mpofu, Globalization and localization: An analysis of tensions and implications for national identity in Zimbabwe. Beyond Normative Approaches: Everyday Media Culture in Africa conference. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 27-29 February, 2012. 
  • Shepherd Mpofu, Imagining Ethnicity and National Identity in Diasporic New Media: A Case for Zimbabwe. Awarded 3rd Best Paper. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, Phoenix, AZ, May 23, 2012. 
  • Shepherd Mpofu, Commemorative Rituals and the Construction of National Identity. 4 th Cross Faculty Post Graduate Symposium: University of the Witwatersrand, 19-22 October 2012. 
  • Shepherd Mpofu, Homosexuality and National Identity in Zimbabwe. SPARC PhDs on Transformation Year-end Conference. University of the Witwatersrand, 23 November 2012. 
  • Shepherd Mpofu, Diaspora identities, homeland politics and the virtual discussion of the taboo: A critical analysis on how Zimbabweans use diasporic media to discuss "taboo" issues about Zimbabwe. At the “Keywords: Continuities, complexities and challenges in the field of Diaspora, Migration and Media” Conference, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2-3 December 2011.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS:

  • Media and Diaspora Group-Africa representative and Communications
  • SACCOMM

  • NAME: NONHLANHLA DEWA
  • OCCUPATION: LECTURER

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MA,Journalism and Media Studies,Rhodes,SA
  2. BSc (Hons) Journalism and Media Studies, NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Critical discourse studies
  2. Post colonial studies
  3. Post structuralist studies
  4. Gender studies
  5. New media studies/Internet studies
  6. Cultural studies in general

  • NAME: SIBONGILE MPOFU
  • OCCUPATION: LECTURER

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. PhD fellow in Journalism – Stellenbosch University (On-going)
  2. MA International Journalism (University of Westminster- UK, 2005) Merit.
  3. BA Media Studies (Zimbabwe Open University, 2004) 
  4. LCCI Marketing Diploma (Business Environment Services – Bulawayo (2000)
  5. Diploma in Mass Communication (Harare Polytechnic 1997
  6. Training of Trainers certificate – Radio Netherlands Hilversum, Netherlands (2010)
  7. Teaching Online Journalism – Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas (2010)
  8. Study of United States Institutes on Media – Ohio University (2013)
  • PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT:Business Editor - Sunday News (October 2001 to April 2006) ,Business Reporter - (ZIANA) May 1998- September 2001
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. Gender and new media
  2. democracy,development and corporate communications.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • ICTs Empowering Rural Women Entrepreneurs: A critical study from Zimbabwe’s Bulilima District - Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, 2013.
  • ‘ Beyond numbers: Gender in Political Awareness’ Media Diversity Journal, Issue 6, 2009
  • ‘The Role of Activism in Shaping Public Policy on Gender Equity in Zimbabwe; Case Study of Women in Politics Support Unit , Media and Diversity Journal, Issue 5, 2009
  • ‘Localising 2010 Soccer World Cup: Economic spin-offs’ Media Diversity Journal, Issue 8, 2010.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

  • Role of the media in climate change mitigation. Paper presented at the Indigenous Knowledge Conference at the National University of Science and Technology, August 2012.
  • Gender and Media Education. Paper Presented at the Africa-UK Journalism Exchange Conference at the University of Bedfordshire, London, April 2012 
  • “Democratisation and the Media – Is current journalism training enough to meet the needs of participative communities? Paper presented at the World Journalism Education Congress at Rhodes University, South Africa, July 2010

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS:

  • Member of the Zimbabwe Media Trainers Association
  • Board Chairperson - Contemporary Affairs Foundation (CA-F) – a youth capacity building programme.
  • Trustee- Zimbabwe Media Centre
  • Mentor - Humanitarian Information Facilitation Centre – funded by United Nations

  • NAME: LENIENT CHIDYAGWAYI
  • OCCUPATION: LECTURER

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. MSc Journalism and Media Studies,NUST,Zimbabwe
  2. BSc (Hons) Journalism and Media Studies, NUST, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  3. BA Gen,UZ,Zimabwe 
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  1. New media,journalism and development
  2. New media ,journalism and democracy
  3. Media regulation in the digital age