research student

Mthulisi Mathuthu

Postgraduate Research Student

Mthulisi smiling next to a laptop




College of Arts, Humanities and Education



I am a PhD researcher investigating how African newspapers are framing China’s increasing involvement in the continent. The research has got strong quantitative, qualitative and international relations research elements with a focus on ten newspapers from five countries. Alongside my research, I have been a teaching assistant on the Journalism Foundation degree programme.

With 20 years of experience in print, radio and online journalism, I have worked in both Zimbabwe and the UK as a reporter and an editor. My articles have appeared in African and UK newspapers. In 2001, I won the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Southern Africa Feature writer of the year award. My research interests are China in Africa, international journalism, genocide and decoloniality. 

Thesis title 

Media framing China in Africa: cases of Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwean newspapers



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