Dr Okoth Fred Mudhai
Dr Fred Mudhai is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Course Director of MA Global Journalism in the School of Media and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University, UK. Between 2012 and 2014, he was seconded externally to the University of Cambridge as Research Associate on ‘Broadcast Media, ICT-generated Public Opinion and Political Accountability in Africa’, dubbed ‘Politics and Interactive Media in Africa (PiMA)’, funded by Economic and Social Research Council and the Department for International Development. His PiMA outputs include a working paper on ‘Media Practitioners and Public Opinion on Interactive Broadcast TV Shows in Africa: Citizen TV (Kenya) and Muvi TV (Zambia)’.
Fred’s publications include a book, Civic Engagement, Digital Networks and Political Reform in Africa, and an edited collection, African Media and the Digital Public Sphere (with Prof Wisdom Tettey and Prof Fackson Banda) as well as a number of book chapters and journal articles.
Fred holds PhD in International Relations with Communication (Nottingham Trent, UK), MA Communication Studies (Leeds, UK), PgD Mass Communication (Nairobi, Kenya) and B. Ed (Egerton, Kenya), and has worked with the Standard Media Group, Nairobi, as a journalist (1995-2001) as well as contributed for Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Voice of America, Sunday Times (South Africa), Africa Analysis (London) and The Nation newspaper (Nairobi).
Fred has won two Africa-wide awards for his journalistic writing on information technology and society. In the early 2000s, he was part of a collaborative group on IT and civil society at the US Social Science Research Council (SSRC). He attended the World Summit on Information Society through SSRC (Geneva 2003) and Panos London (Tunisia 2005).