School of Communication & Journalism

Bruce Mutsvairo

Bruce Mutsvairo Professor, Journalism
236 Tichenor Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 12:30 pm - 2 pm
  • Thursday 12:30 pm - 2 pm


Bruce Mutsvairo is a professor of journalism at Auburn University. He studies the socio-political significance of journalism and social media as potential harbingers of democratization, particularly in the Global South. He spent five years reporting for the Associated Press in the news agency’s Amsterdam, Netherlands bureau. He also served as an associate professor in journalism at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, where he coordinated the faculty's Early Career Researchers program. Previously, he was an assistant professor and journalism program convener at Leiden University’s Liberal Arts Program in The Hague, The Netherlands. He also spent three years as a member of the journalism faculty at Northumbria University in England, where he directed the MA in Mass Communications. While completing his PhD, he was a teaching assistant at Emerson College’s Study Abroad Program in The Netherlands. He has delivered keynote addresses at major conferences in several countries including Norway, Germany, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Bruce has been a visiting scholar at the University of Mississippi (2012), Wageningen University in the Netherlands (2017) and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa (2016). An author or editor of eight scholarly books published by Amsterdam University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Rowman & Littlefield, Bruce is the founding editor of Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South, a Palgrave Macmillan book series (co-edited with Saba Bebawi and Eddy Borges-Rey). He also serves on several editorial journal boards including Digital Journalism, Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, Journal of African Media Studies and African Journalism Studies. His research has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals including Digital Journalism; Journalism and Mass Communication Educator; Media, Culture and Society; Information, Communication and Society; African Journalism Studies; and Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture


  • PhD in Media Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • MA in Political Sciences, University of Hull, United Kingdom
  • MA in International Journalism, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Certificate in Broadcast Journalism, Southern Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Representative Publications

  • Mutsvairo B, Bebawi S and Borges-Rey, E (2020). Data Journalism in the Global South. (Eds). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Prefaced by Ester Appelgren, Carl-Gustav Linden, Roy Krovel and Oscar Westlund. Afterword by Hassel Fallas
  • Mutsvairo, B and Muneri C. (In 2019). Journalism, Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe. Lenham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Prefaced by Tawana Kupe. Afterword by Colin Chasi
  • Mutsvairo, B. (2018). Palgrave Handbook of Media and Communication Research in Africa. (Ed) London: Palgrave Macmillan. Prefaced by Keyan Tomaselli
  • Mutsvairo, B. (2016). Perspectives on Participatory Politics and Citizen Journalism in a Networked Africa: A Connected Continent (Ed) London: Palgrave Macmillan. Prefaced by Stuart Allan
  • Mutsvairo, B.  (2016). Digital Activism in the Social Media Era: Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in sub-Saharan Africa. (Ed) London: Palgrave Macmillan. Prefaced by Herman Wasserman.
  • Mutsvairo B. and Ronning H. (2020). The Janus face of Social Media and Democracy? Reflections on Africa. Media, Culture & Society 42 (3) 317–328.
  • Mutsvairo B. (2019). Challenges facing development of data journalism in non-Western Societies. Digital Journalism 7 (8) 1-6.
  • Mutsvairo B. and Bebawi S. (2019). Journalism Educators, Regulatory Realities and Pedagogical Predicaments of the “Fake News” Era. A comparative perspective on the Middle East and Africa. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. 74 (2) 1-15.
  • Chitanana T and Mutsvairo B. (2019). The Deferred ‘Democracy Dividend’ of Social Media and Citizen Journalism: Perils, Promises and Prospects from the Zimbabwean experience. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 13 (2) 1-15.
  • Bosch T & Mutsvairo B (2017). Pictures, Protests and Politics: Mapping Twitter Images during South Africa’s Fees Must Fall campaign.  African Journalism Studies 38 (2) 71-89.
  • Leijendekker I & Mutsvairo B. (2014). On Digitally Networked Technologies (DNTs), Hegemony and Regime Durability in Authoritarian Regimes: A Zimbabwean Case-Study. Information, Communication and Society 17 (8) 1-14. 
Book Chapters
  • Mutsvairo B. (2019). International Perspectives on Data Journalism. In H. Ornebring and H. Wasserman (Eds.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1-16. (Invited)
  • Mutsvairo B. (2019). Rwanda. In Debra Merskin. The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society. Los Angeles: Sage. 1109 -1112 Invited Chapter
  • Mutsvairo B. (2018). Social Media trajectories in Zimbabwe. In Graham Miekle. (ed). Routledge. Companion to Media and Activism. London: Routledge. 233-256. (Invited)
  • Mutsvairo B and Harris S. (2016). Rethinking mobile media tactics in protests: A comparative case study of Hong Kong and Malawi. In Wan Rei: (ed). Mobile Media, Civic Engagement and Civic Activism in Asia. Private Chat to Public Communication. Cham: Springer. 215-231.
  • Alinejad D & Mutsvairo B. (2015). Dispatches from the dispersed: Comparatively analyzing the role of Internet-based diasporic journalism within Zimbabwean and Iranian contexts. In Ola Ogunyemi (ed) Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora. London, Palgrave Macmillan.  171-186. 

Classes Taught

JRNL 2210 – Newswriting

CMJN 4433- International Perspectives in Mass Communication

Last Updated: May 26, 2020