Ag Dean

Name: Mr Joseph Njuguna
Position:Ag Dean, School of Journalism and Communication (SJC)

Contact
Tel: +250788761123
Email: j.njuguna@ur.ac.rw, jnjuguna110@gmail.com

 

Mr Joseph Njuguna is the Ag Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication which he has directed since 2010. He has worked as media and communications trainer, consultant and researcher in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. Mr Njuguna has researched and consulted on media laws and regulations, communication policies/strategies, marketing communications, public relations as well as new media technologies. He has participated in corporate capacity building in print media production, investigative journalism, environmental reporting as well as science communication and advocacy.Joseph is currently pursuing PhD in Mass Communication at the Jomo Kenyatta university. He obtained his Masters in Communication Studied Degree from the University of Nairobi and his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Sciences from Moi University. He also possesses a certificate in University Teaching Skills from Carleton University, Canada. Joseph has attended and been certified in a number of training forums focused on capacity building and professional development.His research interests are in media critique and analysis, health journalism, environmental and public affairs reporting.

 

Areas of research interest:
Science journalism, critical discourse analysis of media texts, health communication, environment

 

Publications:
A Guide To Reporting Elections For Rwandan Journalists (funded by the EU through Deutschewelle Akademie)
 
Teaching:
- Print media production
- Multimedia and digital design
- Media/communication theories
- Science journalism and communication
- Public relations and advertising
- Communication campaigns and strategies
- Communication/Media Research Methods

 

Research:
- Media literacy: a driver for change in Rwanda (a video documentary) – researched and co-produced (Funded by European Union on the Support to GLMC project)
- Co-researched and compiled Rwanda’s media self-regulatory mechanism (now Rwanda Media Commission) (Funded by UNDP through the Rwanda Governance Board)
- Researched on Media High Council’s print and broadcast (TV) media collaterals development for Rwandan Journalists. (Funded by UNDP through Rwanda’s Media High Council)
- Researched and developed curricula on Media Ethics and Conflicting Reporting for South Sudan’s Media Development Institute. (Funded by the Norwegian People’s Aid)

 

Other activities:
- Member of UNESCO (Rwanda) sub-commission on Information, Communication and Documentation
- Seeking collaborations/networking with other stakeholders (the media industry, international and regional schools as well as alumni). We have started a 4-year partnership between Fojo Media Institute (Linnaeus University, Sweden) and SJC (university of Rwanda)
- Seeking student placements for internship and voluntary service in the media. We are exploring partnerships with Rwanda Broadcasting Agency, The New Times newspaper, The Nyampinga Magazine, Igihe.com among others.
- Career counselling and guidance for students – this is through staff-student mentorship and exploiting opportunities for guest lectures.
- Curriculum development and enhancement of teaching practices, etc.
- Participation in Community service and national events

 

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