Jimmy Kainja is a lecturer in media, communication and cultural studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. His main areas of interest are new media and new technologies, journalism and freedom of expression in relations to governance and civil liberties. Before joining University of Malawi, Kainja taught media studies and sociology at London Metropolitan University where he graduated with a Master by Research (MRes) degree in Media and Communication (2009); and Bachelor of Social Science (BSc) in Media Studies (2008), both from London Metropolitan University.
Kainja’s dissertation titles for MRes and BSc respectively were: “Investigating the Impact of the Media Ownership in African Democracies: A Case Study of Malawi”; and “Tabloidisation of Hard News in British Serious Press: A Quantitative Analysis of the Guardian Newspaper, 1987 – 2007”.
Kainja is also a current affairs writer and blogger and a member of Africa Blogging, which he has been co-editing since 2015. Kainja has written for various international media organisations including BBC, The Guardian, New African. Kainja has contributed to various international policy and research papers such State of Internet Freedom, 2017 for Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA); Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Consultations on Draft Guidelines on the Effective Implementation of the Right to Participate in Public Affairs and developing communications strategy for Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) and Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) on promotion of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) issues in the context of human rights and HIV and Aids in Malawi.
Chancellor College is the largest among the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. Ever since its establishment, the college has produced graduates who have gone on to become leaders in various sectors of Malawian society.Learn More