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 an interdisciplinary researcher with interests in digital journalism, democratization, conflict resolution and human rights. He previously served as an associate professor in journalism at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, where he coordinated the faculty's Early Career Researchers program. He was also an assistant professor and journalism program convener at Leiden University’s Liberal Arts Program in The Hague, The Netherlands. Mutsvairo spent three years as a member of the journalism faculty at Northumbria University in England, where he directed the MA in mass communications. An author or editor of eight scholarly books published at Amsterdam University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Rowman & Littlefield, he is the founding editor of Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South, a Palgrave Macmillan book series. He also serves on the editorial boards of top-ranking international journals including Digital Journalism, Communication Monographs and several others. A former AP reporter, Mutsvairo’s work has appeared in high-impact media and communication journals including Digital Journalism; Journalism; Media, Culture and Society; Information, Communication and Society; Journalism and Mass Communication Educator and many more.


  • 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: October 21, 2020