Minabere Ibelema. Associate Professor, Advisor, Journalism Specialization
Heritage Hall 308
(205) 934-6297

Research and Teaching Interests: News Writing, Feature Writing, Media Editing and Design, Mass Media Law, Mass Media and Society, the Press and Democratization

Office Hours: T 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment

  • BA, Wilberforce University, Mass Communication
  • MA, Ohio State University, Mass/International Communication
  • PhD, Ohio State University, Mass/International Communication

Minabere Ibelema teaches undergraduate courses in news and feature writing, editing, mass media law, and mass media & society, and graduate courses in communication theory and audience analysis. Before coming to UAB in Fall 1995, he held faculty positions at Central State University (Ohio) and Eastern Illinois University. His current research interest is in the press and democratization. He has published several books, book chapters, and journal articles on this and related topics. He has twice won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Research in Journalism first in 1993 as one of the contributors to the book Africa’s Media Image and then in 2009 for the sole-authored book The African Press, Civic Cynicism, and Democracy.

Although he was lured into a career in academia after his years at Ohio State, he is still a journalist at heart. He fulfills that yearning by contributing a column to the Sunday Punch, which bills itself as Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper. His articles have been published in major US magazines and newspapers, including Current History, Newsweek, Essence, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. And he has had journalistic stints (mostly summer sabbaticals) as a copy editor or reporter at The Birmingham News, The (Birmingham) Post-Herald, The Kentucky Post, The (Topeka) Capital-Journal, and the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News.

Despite a long tenure in SEC land, Berry still bleeds scarlet and gray. Sorry, not crimson at all.

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  • Feature Writing
  • News Writing
  • Feature Writing
  • Media Editing and Design
  • Mass Media Law
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Ibelema, M. (2014). ‘Tribal Fixation’ and Africa’s Otherness: Changes and Resilience in News Coverage. Journalism & Communication Monographs, 16, No. 3.
  • Ibelema, M. (2012). The Press as a Watchdog of the People: Revisiting a Theoretical Triad. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 33, No. 2, 4-19.
  • Ibelema, M. (2009). Mass Media and Society in a Changing World. San Diego: Cognella.
  • Ibelema, M. Bosch, T. (2009). Sub-Saharan Africa. In Global Journalism – Topical Issues and Media Systems, 5th edition, de Beer, A & Merrill, JC, Eds. Boston: Pearson.
  • Ibelema, M. (2008) The African Press, Civic Cynicism, and Democracy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ibelema, M. (2007) Neo-Pan-Africanism and Presidents Clinton’s and Bush’s Image in the Nigerian Press. In Africa in the 21st Century: Toward A New Future, Mazama, A, Ed. New York: Routledge.
  • Ibelema, M, Onwudiwe, E. Eds. (2003) Afro-Optimism: Perspectives on Africa's Advances. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Ibelema, M. (2003). The Nigerian Press and June 12: Pressure and Performance. Journalism and Communication Monographs, 4, No. 4.
  • Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Sigma Delta Chi Award in Research in 2009, for the book The African Press, Civic Cynicism, and Democracy.
  • UAB Faculty Development Grant Program Award in 2014 to research “Bifurcations in the Notion of Western Values in Press and Diplomatic Discourses.”