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Dr Melanie Bunce

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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City, University of London
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About

Background

Dr Mel Bunce is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at City, University of London, where she researchers and lectures on the global media system, the ethics of representation and the news coverage of Africa.
She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project about humanitarian journalism, and is the director of the Humanitarian News Research Network.


Mel was awarded a doctorate from Oxford University for her thesis on foreign correspondents in Africa, which drew on anthropological fieldwork in Sudan, Kenya, Uganda.


Before coming to City, Mel was a media studies lecturer and class coordinator at Birkbeck, University of London, and she has lectured and tutored in politics at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She has worked as a newspaper columnist and media commentator in New Zealand and Ireland.

Qualifications

DPhil in Politics, Oxford University
MPhil in Development Studies, Oxford University
BA(Hons) in Political Science and English, University of Otago

Media/professional work

- Media commentator for a range of outlets including: Al Jazeera English, BBC, The Financial Times and The Conversation.
- Columnist at the Evening Herald, Dublin, Ireland 2006
- Columnist at Otago Daily Times, Dunedin, New Zealand 2000- 2005

Publications

Book

  1. Bunce, M., Franks, S. and Paterson, C. (Eds.), (2016). Africa's Media Image in the 21st Century: From the 'Heart of Darkness' to 'Africa Rising'. London: Routledge.

Chapters (3)

  1. Bunce, M., Franks, S. and Paterson, C. (2016). INTRODUCTION: A New Africa’s Media Image? In Bunce, M., Franks, S. and Paterson, C. (Eds.), Africa's Media Image in the 21st Century: From the 'Heart of Darkness' to 'Africa Rising' (pp. 1–14). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-96231-6.
  2. Bunce, M. (2016). The International News Coverage of Africa: Beyond the ‘Single Story’. Africa's Media Image in the 21st Century: From the 'Heart of Darkness' to 'Africa Rising' (pp. 17–29). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-96231-6.
  3. Bunce, M. (2014). International news and the image of Africa: new storytellers, new narratives? Images of Africa: creation, negotiation and subversion Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Journal Articles (5)

  1. Scott, M., Bunce, M. and Wright, K. (2017). Donor Power and the News: The Influence of Foundation Funding on International Public Service Journalism. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRESS-POLITICS, 22(2), pp. 163–184. doi:10.1177/1940161217693394.
  2. Bunce, M. (2017). Management and resistance in the digital newsroom. Journalism, Online First . doi:10.1177/1464884916688963.
  3. Bunce, M. (2016). Foundations, philanthropy and international journalism. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 13(2/3), pp. 6–15.
  4. Bunce, M. (2015). AFRICA IN THE CLICK STREAM: AUDIENCE METRICS AND FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS IN AFRICA. ECQUID NOVI-AFRICAN JOURNALISM STUDIES, 36(4), pp. 12–29. doi:10.1080/23743670.2015.1119487.
  5. Bunce, M. (2010). ‘This Place Used to be a White British Boys' Club’: Reporting Dynamics and Cultural Clash at an International News Bureau in Nairobi. The Round Table, 99(410), pp. 515–528. doi:10.1080/00358533.2010.509950.

Report

  1. Bunce, M. (2011). The new foreign correspondent at work: Local-national ‘stringers’ and the global news coverage of Darfur. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Education

Undergraduate

- The International News System
- Dissertation and research methods
- Ethics

Postgraduate

- Doctoral research supervision

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