Dr Job Mwaura


Dr Job Mwaura is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Wits Centre for Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand. He has previously held research positions at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Journalism and the University of Cape Town’s Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA).

Dr Mwaura is an Executive Committee member of the prestigious Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). Having completed his doctoral studies in the Department of Media at Wits, Dr Mwaura’s research and publications encompass digital media in Africa, journalism and society, the future of journalism, media and emerging technologies, as well as digital media and politics.

Email: job.mwaura@wits.ac.za




Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 


Mwaura, J. (2024). Navigating the digital horizon: Future trends and predictions in Africa. Dialogues on Digital Society, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1177/29768640241252714

Mwaura, J., & Balliah, D. (forthcoming 2024). Championing inclusivity: Underrepresentation of women in African academic leadership and scholarly journal management. Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice.

Lusike Mukhongo, L., Mwaura, J., & Omwoha, J. (2024). Reconceptualising Media Ownership and Shifting Power Relations in an Emerging Digital Media Framework. African Studies82(3-4), 300-315.

Mwaura, J. & Akpojivi, A. (2022) “Imagine dying from an overseas disease when you don’t even own a Passport”: A Decolonial Analysis of Twitter conversations in the wake of COVID-19 in Kenya and  South  – Journal of African    Media Studies, 14(1) https://doi.org/10.1386/jams_00063_1   (5.3)

Mwaura, J., (2022) The Practice of Citizen Journalism at Kibera News Network. Special Issues, Making News Outside Traditional Media: The Rise of Peripheral Actors in African Communication Ecologies – African Journalism Studies, Tylor and Francis, 42(4). https://doi.org/10.1080/23743670.2021.2021262 8

Mwaura J., Kubheka BZ, Carter V, (2020) Social media health promotion in South Africa: Opportunities and challenges. African Journal of Primary Health Care Family Medicine. 2020;12(1), a2389. https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v12i1.2389 4

Mwaura, J., Oiruria, C. (2017). Representation of Femininity and Masculinity in Televised Advertisements: The Paradigm Shift. International Journal of Innovative Research and Development. Volume 6. Issue 4. Link: https://tinyurl.com/yc6cap8y 3

Mwaura, J., Chepkemei, A., & Biwott, C., (2012). The role of integrity and communication ethics in corporate governance: a study of selected companies in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Sciences, 3(6), 940-944. https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC130250 4


Book Chapters


Mwaura, J., & Cohen, M. S. (2024). Harassment and threats faced by journalists in Kenya: Implications for press freedom and independent reporting. In L. A. Tshuma, T. Matsilele, M. J. Msimanga, & S. Jamil (Eds.), Patterns of harassment in African journalism (1st ed., p. 17). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781032697604

Mwaura, J. (2024) Silicon Savannah or Digitising Marginalisation? A Reflection of Kenya’s Government Digitization Policies, Strategies and Projects. In Chari, T. & Akpojivi, U. (2023). Communication Rights in Africa: Emerging Discourses and Perspectives. Routledge. London and New York.

Mwaura, J. (J2022) Digital Dissident or Whistle-blowers? A Critical Analysis of Micro bloggers in Kenya. In Farooq A. Kperogi (Ed.) – Digital Dissidence and Social Media Censorship in Africa. Routledge. London and New York.

Mwaura, J. (2020). Class interplay in social activism in Kenya. In E. Polson, L. S. Clark, & R. Gajjala (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Media and Class. Routledge.

Newell, S., Oloko, P., Uwa, J., Olutoyosi, T., Nebe, J., Mwaura, J., Onwonga, R, Kirori, A. Craig, C.  (2018) Dirty Methods as Ethical Methods? In the Field with “The Cultural Politics of  Dirt in Africa, 1880-present”. Pp 248-265. In Celia Lury e. al. Routledge International Handbook of Interdisciplinary Methods. Routledge London and New York.

Mwaura, J.., Biwott, C., & Chepkemei, A. (2013). The Influence of Media Ethics on Governance in Kenya. In Nduku, E., & Stuckelberger C., African Contextual Ethics Hunger, Leadership, Faith and media. Globethics.net. Pg 127-143, 127. http://wp.christophstueckelberger.ch/dokumente_e/globeticsnet_focus13.pdf#page=128


Book Reviews:


Mwaura, J. (2022) Searching for a New Kenya: politics and social media on the streets of Mombasa, African Journalism Studies, DOI: 10.1080/23743670.2022.2080389

Mwaura, J. (2021). Book Review: Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing, by John B. Thompson. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/10776990211061767.

Mwaura, J. (2020). Book Review: Being watched: Legal challenges to government surveillance: by Jeffrey L. Vagle, New York University Press, New York. Information, Communication & Society 23 (4), 627-629. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2020.1713849

Mwaura, J. (2019). Book Review: Media, Conflict, and the State in Africa, by Nicole Stremlau. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 96(4), 1188–1190. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699019867056

Mwaura, J. (2019). Book Review: Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories With Networked Publics by Sonja Vivienne. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 96(2), 652–654. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699019827003

Mwaura, J. (2017) Book Review: Digital Activism in the Social Media Era: Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa, African Journalism Studies, 38:1, 152-155. https://doi.org/10.1080/23743670.2017.1329249