Polytechnic introduces Raphael Tenthani Series


The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, has introduced Raphael Tenthani Series, which will be hosted monthly.

A statement released Sunday indicates that the series will be run by the Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

“To be hosted on a monthly basis by the Raphael Tenthani Centre for Media Excellence at The Polytechnic Chichiri Campus, the series will offer experts the platform to share their expertise on media, politics and democracy in Malawi and beyond through public lectures.


“Furthermore, the series will create an important space for scholars, aspiring journalists, veteran media practitioners and other stakeholders to discuss and interact on various issues taking place in the media industry in Malawi,” the statement reads in part.

Organisers say the launch of the series is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, with an inaugural public lecture titled ‘Media Regulation or Regularisation: A Case Study of Malawi Media’ by Francis Chikunkhuzeni, a member of staff in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

“The Department of Journalism and Media Studies believes that, through these engagements, the Raphael Tenthani Series will contribute towards enriching the discourse on the media, politics and democracy in Malawi through the promotion of scholarly research and analysis,” the statement adds.


The series will be coordinated by Temwani Mgunda, a member of staff in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

Tenthani, who was a BBC correspondent and one of Times Group’s prolific columnists, died in a car accident on May 16 2015, after a car he was travelling in from Ntcheu to Blantyre overturned at Kam’mwamba along the M1 Road.

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