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Season’s Greetings

Dear Colleagues,

As we near the end of the year, on behalf of the SACOMM Exco, I want to take the opportunity to wish you all a peaceful December break and a good start to the new year. I also want to thank you all for your input and participation in various activities throughout the year and your participation in this year’s conference hosted at the University of Johannesburg.

As we go in to the new year, we are already planning activities to be channel through the working groups. The working groups continue to be our central organising platform in between conferences and hope that you are all interacting with the section heads and that ideas for further collaborations keep on coming. Through this year’s ICAfrica conference in Ghana in November and the roundtable on Media and Communication Association’s that we organised we have strengthened our cooperation with colleagues on the Continent and beyond. You can read more about it on The Journalist, see http://www.thejournalist.org.za. And talking about The Journalist, it continuous to be a tremendous partner for SACOMM along-side our academic journals, and we will continue to coordinate activities and share information.

The planning for SACOMM 2019 at UCT is also in full swing and Prof. Herman Wasserman and his colleagues are already ahead in putting together what promises to be another fantastic conference. We are so looking forward to this and as you might all know we will also have elections next year for a Deputy President and new Chairs/Section heads for the working groups. Importantly, 2019, also marks our 45th anniversary as an organisation.

This is also a reminder of the history archives and the narration of our history that we have started to put on the website, see http://sacomm.org.za/history. We have much to be proud of and much to look forward to!

Have a joyful and peaceful break!

Ylva, Elnerine and the SACOMM Exco

The Journalist: December 2018

The annual literary feast Abantu Book Festival brought together black poets, academics and authors for a weekend of decolonising the discussion around black literature, changing the narrative and challenging the discourse in a safe space. The line up included legendary Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola, poet and activist Diana Ferrus, Zimbabwean author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi and so, so many more.

From the repatriation of Saartjie Baartman’s remains to the land question and the death of kwaito, the discussions and debates were more than relevant, more than timeous and absolutely essential in healing and unifying black writers and their audience.

Catch up or re-live the Abantu Book Festival with The Journalist.

The Journalist: October 2018

In this edition we look at what we can expect in the mid-term US Elections next week. The brutal murder of Jamal Kashoggi indicates that fundamental change in Saudi Arabia will not come soon. Following the Medium Term Budget Speech by newly appointed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni last week, a financial analyst argues that euphoria around political change is slowing and key to transforming the South African economy is rebuilding trust between business and government.

Since the passing of hip-hop icon #HHP, talk around depression in black communities can no longer be ignored and a Vice-Chancellor speaks out about mental health on his campus.

Gatekeepers in academia are keeping black academics on the sidelines of the industry and a new study looks at the glass ceiling for women working in newsrooms. Liz Khumalo started out as a secretary at the iconic Drum magazine and decades later became the first black female editor-in-chief. A science writer delves into lessons on quantum physics taught by Trevor Noah. We bid a sad farewell to Winston Ntshona.

This month in The Journalist …  October 2018 Issue

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

 

The Journalist: September 2018

The Journalist is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working with the academic community and a range of credible entities. We are committed to multimedia offerings that delve more deeply into the complex facets of our reality. We don’t just tell you what happened. We help you understand why.

The Journalist has been launched with the support of the University of the Free State, the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) and financial contributions from a range of individuals.

Students and media lecturers at the University of Free State and the University of Johannesburg and The University of Cape Town are participants in The Journalist.

September marks Heritage Month but how do we begin to celebrate and build a more inclusive society in a country marred by the effects of colonialism? Taking financial advice from friends or family members can have devastating consequences. We take a look at how a private girls’ school in Khayelitsha is grabbing the fourth industrial revolution by the horns and two academics tackle the ongoing conflict around the returned human remains from the German inflicted genocide in Namibia.

Sophie Tema Mosimane is the pioneer known for writing the article that appeared alongside Sam Nzima’s iconic photograph of Hector Pieterson, who risked her life numerous times for her craft. The challenges facing journalists on the African continent is a focus in the lead up to South African Press Freedom Day and an acclaimed writer looks at how technology will affect the notion of creativity in the future.

Read the September Issue here.

Postgraduate Programme in the School of Journalism & Media Studies: MEDIA AND SOCIALITY

The postgraduate programme in Media and Social Belonging (funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation) in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University is now accepting applications for both study and scholarships.

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  • An indication of whether you are applying for a bursary. Specify whether you are interested in joining the programme regardless of whether you will be awarded a bursary or not.
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