Journalism educators in Zimbabwe form a new network

Golden Maunganidze, president of ZIJEN at the opening ceremony. Looking on is Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana and ZIJEN vice president Linda Mujuru. Photo by Tavita Mpala.

Journalism schools in Zimbabwe have come together in a new network that will be a platform for exchange, collaboration and advocacy. Zimbabwe Journalism Educators Network (ZIJEN) was officially launched in Masvingo on the14th June 2024.

The event brought together eleven journalism and media training institutions from Zimbabwe, ten of whom were present at the event held at Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) in Masvingo. The purpose of ZIJEN is to connect the universities in Zimbabwe that offer Journalism and Media Studies and to create a community of journalism educators to discuss issues related to this profession, such as pedagogical methods, curriculum development and new technology. The long term goal is to strengthen journalism in a rapidly changing media landscape.

“For a long time we were guilty of allowing ourselves to take a back bench when our voices were critically needed in shaping policies, frameworks and laws for our journalism fraternity. This (launch) is therefore a statement of intent towards a more all-round educator who discharges duties in the classroom and remains engaged in the broad environment through engagement with other stakeholders, with the aim of ensuring that the journalism ecosystem remains competitive,” said the founding president of ZIJEN at the launch event, Golden Maunganidze, lecturer at GZU.

The launch had an extensive programme, with solidarity messages from journalism scholars across the continent and speeches by media stakeholders, including the Vice Chancellor at GZU, Professor Rungano Zvobgo, and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Nick Mangwana.

The creation of ZIJEN was spearheaded by the three institutions which Fojo Media Institute has partnered as part of the Media Nexus Programme in Zimbabwe. These three institutions – Great Zimbabwe University, National University of Science and Technology and the Harare Polytechnic – have signed memorandums of understanding with Fojo to increase practical aspects of journalism education, close the gap between the classroom and the newsroom, and to hold trainings for mid-career journalists. The programme will run until May 2025 and is funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Zimbabwe.

Inspired by their attendance at AJEN’s (African Journalism Education Network) roundtable in Kigali 2023, the idea to form ZIJEN was birthed soon after they returned back home. AJEN itself was also supported by Fojo, in partnership with Wits Centre for Journalism.


ZIJEN is made up by representative from:

  • Great Zimbabwe University
  • Midlands State University
  • National University of Science and Technology
  • Bindura University of Science Education
  • Lupane State University
  • Harare Polytechnic
  • Reformed Church University
  • University of Zimbabwe
  • Christian College of Southern Africa
  • Zimbabwe Open University
  • Africa University
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