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A/Prof Tanja Bosch

Associate Professor of Media Studies and production

A/Prof Tanja Bosch completed her undergraduate studies in English and History (BA, Hons) at the University of Cape Town, before working in the local film and community radio sectors. She completed her MA in International Affairs with a specialisation in Communication and Development Studies while a Fulbright Scholar at Ohio University, where she also graduated with a PhD in Telecommunications. Her PhD dissertation was awarded the US based Broadcast Educational Association (BEA) Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2004.

Bosch is former Programme Manager and Station Manager of local community radio station Bush Radio, and has also worked as a consultant for UNESCO community radio stations in Jamaica and Trinidad; and as consultant and trainer for various South African community radio stations and NGOs. She currently serves on the board of Fine Music Radio 101.3FM where she also presents a World Music programme.

Bosch conducts research and has published in the following areas: community radio, talk radio and citizenship, health communication, youth and mobile media, identity and social networking. She holds a C National Research Foundation (NRF) rating and is currently involved in several collaborative international research projects including the EU funded Media, Conflict and Democratisation project (

Selected recent publications

Bosch, T. (2016). Youth and digital activism in South Africa: The #FeesMustFall student protests. Digital Activism in the Social Media Era: Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in sub-Saharan Africa. Edited by Bruce Mutsvairo. Palgrave. (forthcoming)

Bosch, T. 2016.  Twitter activism and Youth in South Africa: The case of #RhodesMustFall. Information, Communication and Society.

Bosch, T. 2016. Social media and radio journalism in South Africa. The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies. Edited by Bob Franklin and Scott Eldridge. Routledge.

Bosch, T. 2014. Women as radio audiences in Africa. Routledge Companion to Media and Gender. Edited by Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner and Lisa McLaughlin. Routledge.

Bosch, T. 2014. Commercial music radio, race and identity in South Africa. Media, Culture and Society 8: 1-15.

Bosch, T. 2013. Conducting media ethnographies in Africa. Blackwell’s International Companion to Media Studies: Research Methods in Media Studies. Edited by Fabienne Darling-Wolf. Blackwell-Wiley.

Bosch, T. 2013. Social media and community radio in South Africa. Digital Journalism 2(1): 29-43.

Bosch, T. 2012. Blogging and tweeting climate change in South Africa. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies 33(1): 44-53.

Bosch, T. 2011. African feminist media studies: A view from the global South. Feminist Media Studies 11(1): 27-33.

Bosch, T. 2011. Young women and ‘technologies of the self’: Social networking and sexualities. Agenda 25(4): 75-86.

Bosch, T. 2009. Using online social networking for teaching and learning: Facebook use at the University of Cape Town. Communicatio 45(2): 185-200.

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