Power & Loss in South African Journalism: News in the age of social media

Without a strong independent media and in-depth investigative journalism, South Africa’s democracy is in grave danger. The media’s long-held position as the fourth estate of political life is buffeted by market forces and contested by social media, while the digital networks struggle to manage hate speech and misinformation. All of these pressures have been accelerated by Covid-19, as seen by the tsunami of job losses amongst journalists. Is the decline of the media in South Africa irreversible?

When: Tuesday 22 September at 16:00 Zoom Link

Please register for this Zoom event in advance of the meeting. Speakers: Mahlatse Mahlase (EyeWitness News) will discuss with author Glenda Daniels. Moderator is Kate Skinner (director of SANEF). Bios: Glenda Daniels is an associate professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is a media-freedom activist and journalist and author of Power & Loss in South African journalism (Wits University Press:2020)

Mahlatse Mahlase is Editor-in-Chief for EyeWitness News and Secretary General of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF).