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George is an alumnus of the University of the Witwatersrand where he pursued his MA and PhD. He previously worked as a journalist at the Standard newspapers in Nairobi and as a news and features correspondent for newspapers and magazines based in South Africa and the UK. His research work is interested in understanding the impact of new media technologies on the broader media ecology in the developing world and how they address questions of power and democratisation.
George has published several articles on The Conversation, to read them please follow the links below.
‘Africa has a long history of fake news after years of living with non-truth’.
‘How African governments use advertising as a weapon against media freedom’.
‘Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa’.
'How social media and fake news are battering traditional media in Kenya’
Ogola, George Otieno (2013) 'Our listeners would rather call than post messages on Facebook': New media and community radio in Kenya. In: Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, practices and emerging cultures. Routledge.
Ogola, George Otieno (2011) Kenya’s Diasporic Cyber Publics and the Virtual Negotiation of Identity: Exploring the Conjunctures and Disjunctures. In: Rethinking eastern African literary and intellectual landscapes. Africa World Press Inc., Trenton, NJ, USA. ISBN 978-1592218868
Ogola, George Otieno (2011) The political economy of the media in Kenya: From Kenyatta’s ‘nation-building’ press to Kibaki’s fragmented nation. Africa Today, 57 (3). pp. 77-95. ISSN 0001-9887
Ogola, George Otieno (2010) ‘If you rattle a snake, be prepared to be bitten’: Popular Culture, Politics and the Kenyan News Media’. In: Popular media, democracy and development in Africa. Internationalizing Media Studies . Routledge, London. ISBN 978-0-415-57793-9More publications
1998; BEd. English Linguistics and Literature
2002; MA in Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
2005; Ph.D., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
George currently teaches journalism/media theory modules offered across the journalism division's four undergraduate journalism programmes and course leader for the MA Journalism Studies. He is also involved in the supervision of undergraduate, MA and PhD dissertations.
Peer Reviewer, Journal – ‘Current Anthropology’
Peer Reviewer, Journal- ‘Africa Today’
Peer Reviewer, Journal- ‘Journal for African Media Studies’
Peer Reviewer, Journal- ‘Ecquid Novi’: African journalism studies
Peer Reviewer, Journal- Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism
Peer Reviewer, National Research Foundation (South Africa)
Cadbury Research Fellow at the Centre of West African Studies (CWAS), University of Birmingham, 2004
The future of journalism in developing economies (Collaboration with Dr. Peter Anderson)
Interface between popular culture and journalism/popular media; digital media platforms, democracy and the African post-colony; political communication in postcolonial Africa.
George is interested in media processes in the global South. In the face of constantly evolving new media technologies, he is keen on understanding their impact on the broader media ecology in the developing world but more particularly how they address questions of power and democratization. He currently has two on-going book projects on the following subjects: Political pluralism and media liberalization in East Africa; The future of quality news in the developed and developing world (Co-edited)