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Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Lecturer
Name: Allen Munoriyarwa
Location: B Ring 604 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Dr Allen Munoriyarwa

Dr. Allen Munoriyarwa is a Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa with a keen interest in the field of Journalism. He completed his PhD in Journalism in election violence and peace journalism at the University of Johannesburg, supervised by Professor Jane Duncan and Professor Pier Paolo Frassinelli. His current postdoctoral research fellow is supervised by Professor Jane Duncan.

His research interests are in journalism and news production practices. He also researches on big data and digital surveillance. He has published widely in these areas. He is currently coordinating a research exploring the growth of digital surveillance practices in Southern Africa under the auspices of the Media Policy and Democracy Project (MPDP). This is a joint University of Johannesburg and University of South Africa (UNISA)research project.

Dr. Munoriyarwa is also engaged in collaborative research with the University of Botswana, the University of Glasgow and the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe on data-driven news reporting practices in the southern African region. He is also a research team member of the Global Risk Journalism research project coordinated by the University of Melbourne. Dr. Munoriyarwa is a recipient of a number of research awards, including the Social Sciences Research Council Award (SSRC 2020) where he is co-researching newsrooms disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also, together with colleagues, a recipient of the University Research Council fund on artificial intelligence and data journalism in Southern African newsrooms. Dr. Munoriyarwa is also affiliated to the Centre for Global Affairs at the the University of California -Irvine.

Research interests: (in keywords) Journalism practice: big data; data journalism; digital surveillance; media and elections

Recent publications.

Moyo, D. and Munoriyarwa, A., 2020. ‘Data must fall’: mobile data pricing, regulatory paralysis and citizen action in South Africa. Information, Communication & Society, pp.1-16.

Munoriyarwa, A., 2020. “Data journalism uptake in South Africa’s mainstream quotidian business news reporting practices”. Journalism, p.1-17. DOI:

Munoriyarwa, A., 2021c. “A Habermasian Critique of the Democratic Functions of the Open-Line Programme on Radio 702” In, Chiumbu, S and Motsaathebe, G. (ed). Radio, Public Life and Citizen Deliberation in South Africa. London: Routledge.

Munoriyarwa, A. 2021d. “We have Degrees in Violence”: a Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis of Online Constructions of Electoral Violence in Post- 2000 Zimbabwe. In: Maweu, J. M and Mare A, (ed). Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa Conceptual and Empirical Considerations. pp.224-244. London: Routledge.

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