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Dr Melanie Bunce

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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AG18, College Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
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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.

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


  1. DPhil in Politics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  2. MPhil in Development Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  3. BA (Hons) in Political Science and Englis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


Books (2)

  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.
  2. Bunce, M. Broken Estate: Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Bridget Williams Books.

Chapters (6)

  1. Scott, M., Bunce, M. and Wright, K. (2018). Doing Good and Looking Good in Global Humanitarian Reporting: Is Philanthrojournalism good news? In Enghel, F. and Noske-Turner, J. (Eds.), Communication in International Development London: Routledge.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bunce, M., Scott, M. and Wright, K. Humanitarian Journalism. In Chouliaraki, L. and Vestergaard, A. (Eds.), Handbook of Humanitarian Communication London: Routledge.
  6. Bunce, M., Scott, M. and Wright, K. Humanitarian Journalism: evolution, contestation and impact. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication Oxford University Press.

Journal articles (8)

  1. Wright, K., Bunce, M. and Scott, M. (2018). Foundation-funded journalism, Philanthrocapitalism and Tainted donors. Journalism Studies. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2017.1417053.
  2. Bunce, M., Wright, K. and Scott, M. (2017). ‘Our newsroom in the cloud’: Slack, virtual newsrooms and journalistic practice. New Media and Society. doi:10.1177/1461444817748955.
  3. Bunce, M. (2017). Management and resistance in the digital newsroom. Journalism, Online First. doi:10.1177/1464884916688963.
  4. Scott, Martin, , Bunce, M. and Wright, Kate, (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.
  5. Bunce, M. (2016). Foundations, philanthropy and international journalism. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 13(2/3), pp. 6–15.
  6. Bunce, M. (2015). Africa in the click stream: audience metrics and foreign correspondents in Africa. African Journalism Studies, 36(4), pp. 12–29. doi:10.1080/23743670.2015.1119487.
  7. 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.
  8. Bunce, M. Book review: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Communication Research and Practice.


  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.



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


- Doctoral research supervision