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Dr Harry (Henry) Dugmore

PhD University of the Witwatersrand South Africa, BA Honours University of the Witwatersrand South Africa, BA University of the Witwatersrand South Africa

  • Senior Lecturer, Communication
Office location
Moreton Bay
Dr Harry (Henry) Dugmore

Dr Henry (Harry) Dugmore is Senior Lecturer in Communication based at USC Moreton Bay. After twenty years in the entertainment industry in South Africa, he joined Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies as MTN Chair of Media and Mobile Communications in 2009.

Harry established the Discovery Centre for Health Journalism at Rhodes in 2011 and has led large-scale AIDS education and financial literacy communication programmes. He was the lead author of The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) consensus study, "Diversity in Human Sexuality: Implications for Policy in Africa", published in 2015 in response to new draconian homophobic changes to laws in some African countries. In 2018,  he spent a year based at QUT’s DMRC exploring economic models for journalism in developing countries.

Harry is currently researching journalism economics, journalism roles, Consumer Culture Theory in relation to “Big Food’s” social media marketing, and Behaviour Change Communication via social media.

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Professional memberships

  • Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • South African Science Journalism Association (SASJA)

Research areas

  • Media Economics and sustainability of journalism in developing countries
  • Journalism and journalism roles in the era of ubiquitous social media
  • ‘Big food’s’ social media marketing strategies and Consumer Culture Theory

Teaching areas

  • Journalism Studies
  • Media Economics
  • Health and Science Journalism

Key recent research publications

  • “Sugar-sweetened beverage intake and relative weight gain among South African adults living in resource-poor communities: longitudinal data from the STOP-SA Study” in International Journal of Obesity (2018) Kufre Okop, E. Vicky Lambert, Olufunke Alaba, Naomi Levitt, Amy Luke, Lara Dugas, Robert Dover, Jacolene Kroff, Lisa Micklesfield, Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Warren Smit, H Dugmore, K Bobrow K, Feyisayo Odunitan-Wayas, and Thandi Puoane
  • “A new approach to obesity for health journalism: fit not fat”, Rhodes Journalism Review (RJR) Vol 34, 2014
  • “Citizen Journalism in South Africa and Kenya: The quandary of quality and the prospects of growth” (with Dina Ligaga) in The Future of Quality News Journalism: A Cross-Continental Analysis Edited by Peter J. Anderson, Michael Williams, George Ogola (Routledge 2013)
  • “Five elements of ethical and effective heath journalism”, Rhodes Journalism Review Vol 33, 2013

Harry Dugmore's specialist areas of knowledge includes journalism economics, health, science and environmental journalism, social media and health, behaviour change communication in obesity, HIV/AIDS and financial literacy programmes, journalism’s normative roles and role theory, journalism ethics.

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