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Dr Zahera Harb is senior lecturer in International Journalism. Her recent publications include an edited collection with Dina Matar titled narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communication practices in Palestine and Lebanon (IB Tauris 2013) and a monograph titled Channels of Resistance: Liberation propaganda Hezbollah and the Media (I.B. Tauris, 2011). She is review editor for the Journal of Media Practice.

Dr Harb has more than 11 years experience as a journalist in Lebanon working for Lebanese and international media organisations. She started as a news reporter and distinguished herself in particular in the coverage of war operations in the battlefield of South Lebanon. She was then co-producer and presenter of a popular socio-political programme (Khamseh Ala Sabaah, 5/7) before becoming one of the main news anchors at Tele Liban (the public service TV in Lebanon). At New TV she was appointed to a news anchor-editor post and hosted the main daily political show (Al Hadath). At Future TV (Pan Arab satellite channel) she produced and presented her own socio-political programme (Ala Madar Assaa) while assigned as satellite news editor. She also produced several political and social documentaries for Lebanese TV stations and completed reporting assignments for BBC Arabic service (radio), CNN world report and Dutch TV. She hosted live coverage of distinguished political events inside and outside Lebanon. She is a regular contributor to the Lebanese national daily Assafir.

Dr Harb was trained in Holland and the UK and has a BA in Journalism from the Lebanese University, a Diploma in Broadcasting News and an MA and PhD in Journalism Studies and Political Communications from Cardiff University.

Dr Harb has been appointed to Ofcom content board in December 2015. She is board member of Ethical Journalism Network.

She has been on the consultancy board of the Thomson Foundation UK since 2007 conducting media and journalism training in the UK and other parts of the world including Egypt, Malta, Spain, Armenia, Ukraine, Brussels, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.

Dr Harb has been commended by City University London Vice Chancellor's Awards 2014 in recognition of Excellence in International Engagement.

She has been named Stanford University Humanities Centre International Fellow for 2014


Dr Harb research interests include Journalism cultures, war reporting, mediating conflict, representation of ethnic minorities, Journalism ethics, Citizen Jouranlism and social media and politics.
Dr Harb has taken part in three main research projects since 2002: the perception of news after September 11, the embedded reporting of the 2003 Iraq war, and immigration and inclusion in south east Wales in 2008.

Research Students

Taner Dogan
Thesis title
Communication Startegies of the AK Party in Turkey
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PhD candidate
Birce Bora
Thesis title
Representation of Turkey in the British Print Media: To Be or not To Be European.
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PhD candidate
Aljosha Karim Schapals
Thesis title
Sourcing Practices & Verification Challenges: A case study on journalistic decision-making processes by UK journalists during the 2011 Egyptian revolution
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PhD candidate


Journal Article (10)

  1. Harb, Z. (Jun 2012). Arab Media. Journalism Practice, 6(3), 426-427. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2011.650886
  2. Harb, Z. (2012). Review of John Mair and Richard Keeble book Mirage in the Dessert? Reporting the ‘Arab Spring’. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 9(1), 60-61.
  3. Harb, Z. (2011). Arab Revolutions and the Social Media Effect. Media and Culture Journal, 14(2).
  4. Harb, Z. (2009). Aiming at liberation: Al-Manar media campaigns against the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon (1998-2000). Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2(1), 51-75.
  5. Harb, Z. (2009). The July 2006 War and the Lebanese blogsphere: towards an alternative media tool in covering wars. Journal of Media Practice, 10(2-3), 255-258.
  6. Harb, Z. (2008). Covering the Qana 'Massacre' 1996: A case of contextual objectivity. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 1(2), 138-155.
  7. Harb, Z. and Bessaiso, E. (2006). British Arab Muslim audiences and television after September 11. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32(6), 1063-1076.
  8. Harb, Z. (2006). Review of Naomi Sakr’s edited book ‘Women and media in the Middle East: power through self-expression’. Social Semiotics, 16(2), 390-393.
  9. Harb, Z. (2005). Review of Nicholas Jackson O’Shaughnessy’s book ‘Politics and Propaganda Weapons of Mass Seduction’. Political Communication: an international journal, 1(3), 325-335.
  10. Harb, Z. (2004). Review of Eytan Gilboa’s book, ‘Media and Conflict’. Media Culture and Society, 26(4), 591-595.

Book (3)

  1. Harb, Z. (04 Dec 2016). Reporting the Middle East: The Practice of News in the Twenty First Century. London: IB Tauris.
  2. Matar, D. and Harb, Z. (25 Jul 2013). Narrating Conflict in the Middle East. I.B.Tauris. ISBN: 1780761031.
  3. Harb, Z. (15 Apr 2011). Channels of Resistance in Lebanon. I.B.Tauris. ISBN: 1848851200.

Chapter (5)

  1. Harb, Z. (15 Jul 2016). Hezbollah, Al-Manar and the Arab Revolts. Defiance or Survival?. Zayani, M. and Mirgani, S. (Ed.), Bullets and Bulletins, Media and Politics in the Wake of The Arab Uprisings Oxford University Press.
  2. Harb, Z. (04 Jan 2015). Antoine Choueiri: 'President' of Arab Advertising. (Ed.), Arab Media Moguls London: IB Tauris. ISBN: 1780767323.
  3. Harb, Z. (25 Mar 2015). Al Manar and Hezbollah: Creative instances in Propaganda Warefare. (Ed.), Islamism and Cultural Expression in the Arab World (pp. 189-205) London: Routledge. ISBN: 041552184X.
  4. Harb, Z. (2012). Zahera Harb. (Ed.), No Woman’s Land: on the Frontlines with Female Reporters London, UK: International News Safety Institute.
  5. Harb, Z. (2009). "Grapes of Unity facing Grapes of Wrath": Objectivity and War Reporting. (Ed.), The Middle East in the Media: Conflicts, Censorship and Public Opinion London, UK: Saqi.

Report (2)

  1. Threadgold, T., Clifford, S., Harb, Z., Arwo, A., Powell, V., Jiang, X. and Jewell, J. (2008). Immigration and inclusion in south-east Wales.
  2. Harb, Z. (2004). Too Close for Comfort? The Role of Embedded Reporting During the 2003 Iraq War.


External Examining

University of Wales validated course at Modern University for Technology and Information (MTI), Cairo, Egypt
BSc (Hons) in Mass Communication (with pathways in Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising and Radio & TV Broadcasting)

Present- Swansea University
MA Comparative Journalism
MA Journalism Media and Globalisation

2011-2015 New College Nottingham (degree validated by Nottingham Trent University)
BA in Digital Media
Foundation degree in Broadcast Media

2013- External verifier MA Comparative Journalism- Swansea University.

Modules taught at City University London

MAIJ Broadcast pathway leader
Convenor of
Global Journalism
Journalism and Conflict
Dissertation Module
Broadcast Journalism
Reporting the Middle East

Modules taught at Nottingham University

Writing for the Media
Global Media and Communication
Reporting the Middle East
Political Communication, PR and Propaganda
Middle East and the Media

Modules taught at Cardiff University

Reporting the Middle East
Production of News research studies workshops

Modules taught at Swansea University

Reporting the Middle East

Guest Lecturer

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Cardiff School of Journalism
Swansea University Media Department
De Montfort University Media Department
University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

Other Activities

Editorial Activities (4)

  • Member of Journal of Media Practice editorial board
  • Member of JOMEC Online Journal editorial Board
  • Member of Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication editorial board
  • Review editor of Journal of Media Practice

Press/Online Articles (1)

  • Times Higher Education book review, 21 Aug 2014, Times Higher Education THE (Print and online) Book review of Watching Arabic Television in Europe: From Diaspora to Hybrid Citizens, by Christina Slade

Media Appearances (11)

  • Has the notion of Media as Fourth Estate collapsed?, 03 Mar 2015, Hosted by anb (pan Arab TV channel) A'lamat Istifham (Question Marks) weekly show (In Arabic). You can watch it here
  • Women on the Front/ The Al-Majalah magazine, 23 Mar 2012,
  • Al Jazeera English/ The Listening Post Program, 10 Jan 2015,
  • Arabology program interview with Dr Zahera Harb, 05 Jun 2014, KZSU Stanford 90.1FM
  • Access Middle East: Part One- New Media/ CNBC Channel, 11 Nov 2012, CNBC Channel
  • A war of words: Iraq ten years on, 22 Mar 2013, A war of words: Iraq ten years on Dr Zahera Harb examines the language and rhetoric of the Iraq war for the BBC World Service. Arab media expert
  • BBC Arabic contributor Seven Days press review weekly program, ,
  • BBC Arabic Freedom Day, 01 Apr 2014, In Arabic
  • Arab Media in discussion with Dr Zahera Harb/ anb channel, 11 Feb 2014, In Arabic
  • An interview with Arab media scholar Zahera Harb, 04 Jun 2014, Stanford University Humanities Centre youtube channel
  • Online is the new frontline for Syrian fighters/Channel 4 news, 28 Oct 2013,

Other Activities (3)

  • Regular contributor on media analysis for Assafir newspaper in Lebanon
  • Review Editor of Journal of Media Practice
  • Reviewer for these journals and Academic publishers

    Arab Studies center
    Feminist Media Studies Journal
    Journalism Practice Journal
    Journal of Media Practice
    International Journal of Media and Culture Politics
    Journal of Children and Media
    Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
    The international Journal of Press/Politics
    Media War and Conflict
    Digital Journalism
    Journalism Practice
    Journalism Studies

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