Free Wits Online Course, “Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Africa”,  Starts 4 Oct. 2019

The Wits LINK Centre and WitsX are pleased to announce that registration is open for a free, six-week, online course on  “Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Africa”. 

The course begins on Friday 4 October 2019.

This free-of-charge MOOC (massive open online course), available on the global edX platform, aims to empower activists, students, regulators, journalists, lawyers, and everyone interested in ensuring a free, pluralistic and independent African media. 

When societies achieve this kind of media, they can benefit from journalism playing a critical role in democracy and development. This is the policy context whereby journalists inform citizens, defend freedom of expression for everyone, and enable access to information that some people would prefer to keep covered up.

The Wits course honours and sustains the legacy of South African media freedom and freedom of expression activist #Jeanette Minnie, who passed away in November 2016. Minnie devoted her professional life to ensuring robust civil society engagement with African media policy. She was a media activist who developed massive experience in understanding the challenges and who knew how to make changes for the better.

In the Wits course, participants get to grips with: 

  • core elements of the principles of freedom of expression, media freedom, and access to information;
  • policy and practical components necessary to democratic media ecosystems;
  • regulatory and other measures that build media pluralism and diversity;
  • mechanisms of self-regulation, co-regulation, statutory regulation and regulatory independence in democratic media ecosystems;
  • the practical and policy dimensions introduced by online media, online expression, and online information access; and
  • strategies for effective civil society engagement with policy and practice in support of democratic Africa media ecosystems.

Participants can take this dynamic, interactive and intellectually-engaging course, including its discussion forums, assignments and multiple-choice assessments, free of charge. Participants who wish to also receive a Verified Certificate of Achievement for the course, endorsed by edX and Wits University, can do so by passing one additional assessment and paying a USD49 certification fee.  

The course instructors are Prof. Justine Limpitlaw (Wits LINK Centre), Paula Fray (frayintermedia), Zoe Titus 

(Namibia Media Trust), Dr. Sarah Chiumbu (University of Johannesburg), and Koketso Moeti (Amandla.mobi), 

The course content was developed by the instructors and WitsX with support from the course’s international Advisory Committee and frayintermedia. 

Funding for course research, development, piloting and marketing has been provided by Free Press Unlimited, Bertha Foundation, Namibia Media Trust (NMT), and fesmedia Africa. Marketing support is by frayintermedia and fraycollege.

Participants wishing to enrol for the course should please go to this edX course link. 

For more information on the course, and to arrange for media interviews with course instructors, please contact: 

Patience Shawarira, fraycollege

Tel: +27 11 782 0535   

Mobile: +27 74 883 1716 

Email: pshawarira@fraycollege.com 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations for The South African Communications Association (SACOMM) Executive Committee are now accepted.

As per §10 of the SACOMM Constitution, it is time to Call for Nominations for Executive Committee Members for the different Streams of SACOMM. “Interest Group Conveners” (or the Executive Committee) are, with the Presidium, responsible for the daily running of SACOMM.

The SACOMM Objectives are to:

  • encourage contact and co-operation among Communication Departments in the various tertiary education institutions offering Communication Studies;
  • provide a forum to promote communication research, collaboration, and debate among communication practitioners, communication industry professionals, academics, and students;
  • promote networking and academic debate; and
  • facilitate professional communication practice in Southern Africa.

To that effect, Executive Committee members should be academics active in the interest stream or academic field they are nominated for, who are willing to uphold the SACOMM objectives throughout their term (two years) – between the conferences.

Nominations are welcomed for the Position of:

  1. Deputy President
  2. Media Studies and Journalism
  3. Screen Studies
  4. Corporate Communication
  5. Communication Studies
  6. Communication Education and Curriculum Development
  7. Communications Advocacy and Activism
  8. Emerging Scholars Stream

At the Annual General Meeting during SACOMM 2019 in Cape Town, all SACOMM members will have a chance to vote for the nominees, should there be more than one nomination for a position. 

Nominations for the Executive Committee should reach the Office of the Presidium by 29.07.2019.

Please note:

  1. The nomination process is anonymous.
  2. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome.
  3. Those who nominate another individual must first confirm that the individual is available to stand, before they make said nomination.
  4. Please follow the link below to submit a nomination: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSbcjZD9Tjg9F8uUIEow9M_OT3sm6AxT7Ic7td0aO7BXkU0w/viewform?usp=sf_link


Further Information:

SACOMM Constitution

Interest Streams and Executive Committee


CFP: The Asian Conference on Education 2019

“Independence & Interdependence”
The conference theme for The Asian Conference on Education 2019 (ACE2019) is “Independence & Interdependence”, and invites reflections on the desirability, extent and limits on independence and autonomy for ourselves, our students, and the institutions and structures within which we work, teach and learn. We do not educate, nor are we educated, in vacuums, but in such contexts and constraints as families, groups, and societies; of nations and cultures; of identities and religions; and of political and financial realities.The technological and logistical advances of globalisation have enabled us to become independent and empowered as never before, but have also made us more dependent on the very things allowing autonomy. While technologies allow us to communicate with those on the other side of the world, they can also separate us from those nearby, and contribute to alienation, or loneliness. And yet this increased interconnectedness offers great opportunities to work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, and reminds us of our responsibilities towards each other. Our independence is contextualised in the relations we enjoy with others; in our families and communities, shared institutions, in our wider societies, geographical and political entities, and finally, as a part of the one world we all share.How do we help students and teachers alike navigate and curate the vast information available? How do we encourage individual growth while also underlining the importance of belonging and of the reciprocal responsibilities and privileges of education? How do we help students build the skills and attitudes necessary for positive engagement in distributed, globalised communities that so often lead to polarisation and alienation instead? How do we educate with independence and interdependence in mind? How do we engage meaningfully in “international development” through education? What are the successes and failures of the international system in addressing some of the most pressing concerns of our time?These and many other questions will be addressed at the conference, and we look forward to coming together to exchange ideas and explore new research paths together. We encourage scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of education and international development to explore and submit under the following conference themes:Diversity in Global ContextsEducation & Socio-Economic DevelopmentEducation & Development: Local & Global/Domestic & InternationalEducation: Public & Private PartnershipsEconomics & Management of EducationLiteracy: Poverty & SustainabilityInnovation & ValueIn conjunction with our Global Partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2019.

– The ACE2019 Organising CommitteeTien-Hui Chiang, Zhengzhou University, China
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Paul Lai, Nagoya University, Japan
Tzu-Bin Lin, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Yvonne Masters, University of New England, Australia
José McClanahan, Creighton University, USA
Ted O’Neill, Gakushuin University, Japan
Justin Sanders, Osaka University, Japan
Zachary Walker, University College London (UCL), UK

Financial Support for PhD students and Early Career Academics

IAFOR is dedicated to helping young scholars achieve their research and academic goals, while also encouraging them to apply the principles of interdisciplinary study to their work. IAFOR offers travel and accommodation grants, and full or partial scholarships covering conference registration fees, to select PhD students and early career academics who might not otherwise have the financial resources to be able to attend our academic conferences.

For information about the financial support IAFOR offers to PhD students and early career academics, please visit our Grants & Scholarships page. If you know anyone who could benefit from IAFOR’s Grants & Scholarships Programme, please forward this URL: https://ace.iafor.org/grants-and-scholarships/. Abstracts must be submitted by June 21, 2019 in order to be considered for funding.

Location & Venue: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Conference Dates: Thursday, October 31, 2019 to Sunday, November 3, 2019
Conference Theme: Independence & Interdependence

Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: June 21, 2019*
Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 22, 2019

Early Bird Registration Deadline: July 18, 2019*
Final Registration Deadline for presenters: September 19, 2019

This conference is organised by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in association with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in Osaka University, Japan.

Join the conversation with #IAFOR and #IAFORACE

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. 

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Conference Papers: COMMUNICATION EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (CECD)

The Communication Education and Curriculum Development Interest Group Convenor is Prof Bruce Mutsvairo, University of Technology Sydney.
If you would like to learn more about this interest group or get involved in its activities you can contact him at Bruce.Mutsvairo@uts.edu.au

The Papers presented during #sacomm18 in this stream: Communication Education