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Joanah Gadzikwa

Lecturer: School of Social Science


Tel: +27 11 950 4169

  • MA (Media and Cultural Studies)
  • BA (Hons) Culture, Communication and Media Studies
Research profile

Joanah Gadzikwa’s research interests lie in the broad areas of new media and society, the internet and the public sphere, social networking sites, online journalism and citizen journalism. She is particularly interested in how new media is changing human communication contexts and even subverting the conventional hierarchical forms of communication that are associated with traditional media.

Her Masters research dissertation explored ways of empowering citizens through interactivity on the internet. It looked specifically at how Internet news media consumers are moving away from being passive consumers of media messages to prosumers through the enabling power interactive tools on news websites. Her thesis also explored ways of broadening the public sphere through the web as a news medium and how this can strengthen democracy through public deliberations.

Teaching Commitments
  • ATS2787 Online Journalism
  • ATS1328 Journalism 1
Research Interests
  • New Media and Society
  • New Media and democracy in Africa
  • The Internet and the public sphere.
  • Audience research analysis
  • Social networking tools and sites and their role in identity creation.
  • Online journalism and citizen journalism
International Conference Presentations
  • July 2012 17th South – North Conversations, International Association of Media and Communication Research Conference 2012 South Africa, Media and Democracy: The Internet for a revival of a Public Sphere in Zimbabwe, Joanah Gadzikwa,South Africa16-19 July
Books and Chapters in Books
  • Gadzikwa,J. and Jones, N.(2010) Online Media and Democracy: A critical analysis of the role played by Zimbabwe’s online English newspapers in the run-up to the 2008 elections, Saarbrucken:  LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.
Other Professional Activities
  • External examiner for The Independent Institute of Education
  • Programme Evaluator with the Council on Higher Education
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