Olivier Nyirubugara, PhD
Olivier Nyirubugara joined the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication in April 2012 as lecturer of New Media/Online Journalism. He completed his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in January 2012 with a dissertation titled Surfing the Past: Digital Learner in the History Class (Leiden: 2012, ISBN: 978-90-8890-081-5). He graduated in Digital Media from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands, 2006), and in English from the Université de Bangui (Central African Republic, 2002). Olivier’s research interests are currently about convergence between old and new media, crossmedia and multi-platform journalism, alternative journalism, among others. Olivier also has keen research interest in new media didactics, new media and cultural heritage, cultural memory, and ICT and Development.
Born in Rwanda, Olivier has been active in journalism since 2002 and has reported for various news media organizations including the United Nations’ humanitarian news and analysis agency (IRIN), Deutsche Welle (Voice of Germany), and The Economist Intelligence Unit. In recent years, Olivier has trained and coached (online) journalists in community reporting particularly in Africa. Besides teaching at ESHCC, Olivier also teaches Journalism and International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.