Dr. George Ogola

Reader in Journalism

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Greenbank Building, GR243

+44 (0) 1772 89 4829


Subject Areas: Journalism

George is research active within the area of journalism, media theory and practice and is a member of the Journalism research group.

Full Profile

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.


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 978-0-415-57793-9

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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

Teaching Activities

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.

External Roles

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


Current Projects

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)