Personal profile


Mercy Ette holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Leeds, a Masters in Journalism Studies from the University of Wales College of Cardiff, and a BA (Hons) in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar in Nigeria.

Mercy worked as a journalist in various positions for several years in Nigeria and in the UK. She was Children’s Editor of The Punch, one of Nigeria’s national newspapers, the founding editor of NewsAfrica, a London-based international news magazine with special interest in Africa and the African Diaspora.

In 2003 she served as a Media Consultant for the Permanent Delegation of Nigeria to UNESCO. She was a weekly columnist for The Punch newspaper from March 2008-Decmber 2011.

Mercy joined the University of Huddersfield in 2003. Her research interest centres on the intersection of the press and politics, especially politics of democratization, the media-politics connection, and on gendered mediation.  Her PhD was on the role of the Nigerian press during the country’s transition to democracy programmes. Her research in these areas have been published and presented at conferences.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • The media and politics
  • Journalism and conflict
  • Gendered mediation

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Research Output 2000 2018

‘Us’ versus ‘Them’: Exploring Ethno-Regional Contestations in Nigerian Political Communication

Ette, M. 28 Feb 2018 Perspectives on Political Communication in Africa . Mutsvairo, B. & Karam, B. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, p. 173-187 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

political communication
political decision
political participation
presidential election
1 Citations

Condensational symbols in British press coverage of Boko Haram

Ette, M. 1 Aug 2016 In : International Communication Gazette. 78, 5, p. 451-468 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Exploring experiential learning through blogging

Ette, M. & Stoker, R. 1 Jan 2015 In : Journalism Education. 3, 2, p. 91-103 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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7 Citations

Gendered frontlines: British press coverage of women soldiers killed in Iraq

Ette, M. Dec 2013 In : Media, War and Conflict. 6, 3, p. 249-262 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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