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Dr George Ogola

Reader in Journalism
School of Arts and Media
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George teaches across our journalism programmes focusing mainly on the theory and research modules. He is also actively involved in PhD supervision of journalism/media projects with a particular interest in the global South and marginalised groups more broadly. He is a thought leader on African journalism and is widely published in the areas of journalism and techno/politics and the intersection of popular culture, power and popular media. He regularly writes for public facing platforms such as The Conversation and has given expert interviews in a number of print and broadcast media around the world including the BBC, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Bloomberg, Al-Jazeera, Radio 702, Power FM (South Africa) among many others.

Besides his teaching and supervision responsibilities, George is currently the Research Lead for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Unit of Assessment 34 (Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management). He also sits on a number of university committees including the Faculty Research Committee, REF Panel D Research Committee and the University Ethics Committee.

George worked as a correspondent for a number of local and international news publications including the East African Standard (Kenya), Sunday Times (South Africa) and NewsAfrica (UK) prior to joining academia. He moved to Johannesburg, South Africa from Kenya in 2000 and pursued his MA and PhD degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand. He concurrently worked as a sessional lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand's Graduate School of Humanities. Upon completion of his PhD studies, he went on to head the Media and Communications Department at the Midrand Graduate School. He joined the University of Central Lancashire in October, 2005. Now a Reader in Journalism, George has developed a notable research profile as an Africanist focused on the intersections of politics, journalism, popular culture and technology in the global South. He has supervised several PhD students working in these areas and examined such PhD theses in a number of universities in the UK and abroad. Worked closely with the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) whose core missions include supporting knowledge production in and by African scholars, George has served in ASAUK's executive council as the association's project officer to help support its research writing scheme. This scheme aims to increase the number of journal and research outputs by Africa-based African scholars. It has been generously supported by the British Academy over the years and has enabled the organisation of highly successful and transformative workshops in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia among other African countries. George serves in a number of advisory boards of Africanist journals and publications and is also a regular peer reviewer of submissions from such journals including African Journalism Studies, Journal of Eastern African Studies, Africa Today, Journal of African Media Studies, African Studies, Politique Africaine and others.

  • PhD, University of the Witwatersrand, 2005
  • MA Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Wiwatersrand 2002
  • BEd (Hons), English Literature and Linguistics, University of Nairobi, 1998
  • Cadbury Research Fellowship Award, Centre of West African Studies (CWAS) now Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham, 2004
  • Doris Tothill Prestigious Merit Award, 2002-04
  • University of the Witwatersrand Council Award, 2002-04

Modules Taught

  • JN2508 - Issues in International Journalism
  • JN2510 - Match of the Day
  • JN3502 - Journalism Dissertation
  • Journalism and democracy
  • Popular Culture, Popular Media and Politics
  • Technology, Politics and Journalism
  • External Examiner, MA Journalism, Nottingham Trent University
  • Series Editor, African Popular Culture Book Series (IAI and Zed Books)
  • Editorial board member Journalism Studies, Africa: the Journal of the International African Institute, African Journalism Studies, Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies.