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What's Frankline's Story?
Frankline Matanji is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a specialization in international/development studies. Frankline’s research interest ranges from the empowering role of participatory communication for directed social change, international communication, media influences on people’s attitude and engagement and, digital media use especially in the Global South.
His interest in media and development for social change has led him to exciting projects both inside and outside of academia. Currently, Frankline is a member of the Houses into Homes project where they are looking at the benefits of sleep within the context of a range of community-based challenges facing individuals and families in crisis situations, in collaboration with community partners. This project has an intent of improving the services of a non-profit agency providing beds and home furnishing to individuals and families in crisis in Iowa City.
Previously, he was a member of a two-year Postharvest Food Handling Technologies research project carried out by Kisii University’s Research and Extension division in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension, which was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. He also worked as a marketing research assistant for Powerhive, an American company that supplies solar power in rural Kenya. In this position, he empowered customers to use the supplied power to improve their livelihood by generating ideas that enhanced alternative sources of their income.
- JMC 1500: Social Media Today
Book Chapters (In Print)
- Ha L., Ray R., Matanji F., & Yang Y. How News Media Content and Fake News about the Trade War are Shared on Twitter: A Big Data Analysis. Michigan State University Press
- Ha L., Yang L., Ray R., Matanji F., Chen P., Guo K., Lye N. Comparison of U.S. and China’s War and Peace Journalism Practices and Foreign Policy Market Equilibrium. Michigan State University Press
Refereed Journal Articles
- Matanji, F. (2019). WhatsApp and Mobile Money: Ameliorating Crowdfunding for Social Change in Kenya. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 29(2), 237-248.
- Ha, L., Yang, Y., Ray, R., Matanji, F., Chen, P., Guo, K. (2019, November). How U.S. and Chinese Media Cover the U.S.-China Trade Conflict: A Case Study of War and Journalism Practice and the Foreign Policy Equilibrium Hypothesis. National Communication Association (NCA) Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. (Top Paper in Peace and Conflict Communication Division)
- Shahin, S., Ala-Uddin, M., Varma, T., & Matanji, F. (2019, May). Dial M for Money: A Transnational Narratives of Mobile Money in the Global South [Accepted for International Communication Association (ICA) conference, Washington D.C.
- Matanji, F. (2018, June). WhatsApp and Mobile Money Towards Successful Crowdfunding and Social Change: A Kenyan Case. International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
- Matanji, F. (2018, April). Content Analysis of Digital Media and Crowdfunding Towards Social Change. 7th Annual Graduate Communication Association (GCA) Conference, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
- Vreyens J., Shitandi, A., Feirtag, j., Aming’a, N., Omosa, H., Matanji, F., & Kwamboka, D. (2017, April). Reversing Food Insecurity in Southwestern Kenya: Evidence-based Strategy to Enhance Women Farmers’ Postharvest Handling of Horticulture Crops. AIAEE Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
- Exploring the Role of Digital Media in Community Fundraising and Empowerment: A case of Kenya's Joywo organization. Stanley Student Travel Award for International Research, University of Iowa, 2020.