Florence Zivaishe Madenga

Portrait of Florence Madenga
Doctoral Student

Florence Madenga studies journalistic practice broadly and comparatively construed, and how certain existing journalistic models and paradigms fall short in different cultural contexts, especially in countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly interested in the roles journalists play in or beside state-sponsored media, how they challenge or are affected by censorship laws and “nation-building” tools employed by governments, and journalists in diasporic communities and social media. She also explores the evolution and boundaries of media and identity as it pertains to expanding globalization as well as new and old conceptualizations of nationalism.

Prior to joining Annenberg, Madenga worked as a freelance writer both from the United States and internationally, mostly writing about African immigrants in the United States and elsewhere. Her work has appeared on BuzzFeed, in ChimurengaNarratively, and other publications.

Florence Madenga explores the evolution and boundaries of journalism, media, identity, and power as they pertain to expanding and/or contracting globalization through multi-modal methods and decolonial frameworks. Her primary research sites are located in the United States and Zimbabwe.
Pronouns: she/her

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Madenga's Network

  • Critical Journalism Studies
  • Culture and Communication
  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Global and Comparative Communication
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Political Communication
  • CAMRA at Penn
  • Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication
  • Center for Experimental Ethnography
  • Center for Media at Risk