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Makomborero Muzenda

Zimbabwe & Rhodes University, 2018

Degree of study:
Masters in Journalism and Media Studies

Makomborero Muzenda is a journalist and writer. She completed her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, graduating in 2018. Specialising in Digital Media and Writing and Editing, Makomborero works as a Teaching Assistant for the Writing and Editing specialisation at Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Since 2015, Makomborero has worked as a freelance writer and journalist. Her work has been published in UN Dispatch, NPR, Daily Maverick, Mail and Guardian, Newsday Zimbabwe, This is Africa and Quartz Africa. In addition, she has worked with the BBC in their coverage of protests in Zimbabwe in 2017 and 2019. In 2016 she was Editor-in-Chief for Activate, Rhodes University’s student newspaper. As a member of the editorial team, she covered #FeesMustFall protests on Rhodes University campus in 2015 and 2016, and #RUReferenceList in 2016. She was part of the team that produced #Disrupt, an award-winning documentary on rape culture at Rhodes University.

Makomborero’s research focus is on identity, representation and power in media. Specifically, she’s researching on constructions and contestations of African identity/ies. She wants to unpack what it really means to be an African in 2019’s media landscape, and how the media environment that the urban youth in Southern Africa live in shapes their perceptions and understandings of their positions continentally and globally. Makomborero hopes to pursue this work further through a PhD. Using her practical skills in digital and multimedia, she intends to make the research she’s done easily accessible in order to bridge the divide between academia and the general public.

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