Dr Hayes Mabweazara
- Lecturer (Sociology)
Dr Hayes Mabweazara has long-standing experience in both academic and professional media contexts. He joined the School of Social and Political Sciences from Falmouth University where he taught Journalism Studies for several years. Prior to coming to the UK, he taught journalism and cognate subject areas in his native country, Zimbabwe at the National University of Science and Technology.
A journalism and media studies scholar focused on advancing the understanding of what is happening to news in a rapidly changing media environment, his research concentrates primarily on the intersections between digital media and mainstream journalism practice in Africa and the wider global South. He explores how immediate conditions of practice and broader social circumstances set conditions for distinctive forms of new technology use, as well as how technologies are impacting on traditional journalistic standards, values and practices. His publications in this area feature in a number of international peer reviewed journals and edited book volumes.
Hayes is a Research Associate in the Department of Journalism, Film & Television at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK.
Hayes’s research interests and expertise lie in the field of ‘new’ media and journalism practice in Africa and the wider global South. His PhD research examined how African mainstream journalists appropriate new technologies in their everyday professional practices.
His current research is partly built on the foundations of his PhD. Following the completion of his PhD he was awarded a research grant by The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation to carry out a cross-cultural comparative examination of newsmaking practices in Scottish and Zimbabwean newsrooms with respect to how journalists in the two countries use new information and communication technologies.
In addition to the above, he has particular interest and expertise in the reception of media texts across cultures and has worked on a research project titled, ‘Digital “Pirate” Radio and the Struggle for Democracy in Zimbabwe’, funded by the Centre for Media and Transitional Societies (CMTS) at Carleton University, Canada in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Hayes edited 'Digital Technologies and the Evolving African Newsroom' (Routledge, 2015) and 'Online Journalism in Africa' (Routledge, 2014). He has also guest edited a number of journal special issues, including a themed issue of 'Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism' (2011) on the subject of ‘New Media and Journalism Practice in Africa’. His most recent publication is the edited volume Newsmaking Cultures in Africa (Palgrave, 2018).
He is currently working on a monograph titled, Participatory Journalism in Africa (Routledge) and co-editing two Special Issues of African Journalism Studies (Routledge) and 'Communication: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research' (Routledge) on ‘Fake News and Cyber Propaganda in Africa’.
Dr Mabweazara has examined several PhDs in the UK and across a number of African countries.
He welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD applicants with an interest in topics related to digital media and news production processes; media audiences and representations; alternative/citizen media and the sociology of news.
Since 2015 he has been Associate Editor of the journal, 'African Journalism Studies' (Routledge) and edits the journal’s special annual issue titled, ‘African Digital Media Review’.
He serves on the editorial boards of a number of leading journals, including 'Digital Journalism' (Routledge), 'Journalism Practice' (Routledge) and the 'Journal of Alternative & Community Media' (Griffiths University).