Wits Journalism seeks a director

Applications are now invited for the following vacancy:

Wits Centre for Journalism – School of Literature, Languages & Media

Department Description

Wits Journalism has established itself as a leader in professionally- orientated journalism teaching, research and public engagement, with activities that include post-graduate teaching for both aspirant and working journalists; research; hosting conferences, grant and award schemes; support for investigative, community and other journalism as well as media innovators. Programmes include the Wits Justice Project, the Africa-China Reporting Project; the Wits Radio Academy; the Citizen Justice Network and Jamlab. The centre’s vision for further growth includes plans to grow
• academic research,
• its footprint on the rest of the continent and
• a focus on digital media and innovation

Brief Description

The newly established Wits Centre for Journalism is looking to appoint a Director to take overall responsibility for implementing its strategy and vision. This means taking responsibility for building the centre’s academic project, as well as overseeing the programme and administrative work to ensure the continued relevance and leadership of the centre, previously the Department of Journalism, in the fast-changing media and journalism environment. The director answers to the Head of the School of Literature, Language and Media. We are looking for an individual with both academic and professional stature who is able to share and develop the vision for the centre and lead a diverse, active team. The appointment will be for an initial 5-year period that may be renewed.

The director will:

• Develop and implement the Wits Centre for Journalism’s strategic vision, ensuring it is innovative and responsive to a rapidly evolving academic and professional environment;
• Lead the academic project, overseeing the centre’s teaching offerings and research activities;

• Guide the development of the centre’s programmatic work, working with the Head of Programmes;
• Engage in teaching, research and advocacy in the field of journalism;
• Represent the centre in a range of public and other contexts and maintain sound relationships with a range of stakeholders;

• Lead and direct fundraising efforts and ensure good donor relationships; • Provide financial oversight, working with university structures to ensure sound practices, accountability and compliance with university policy, working with the Head of Operations;

• Manage the centre’s staff, both full-time and part-time, working with the Head of Operations and section co-ordinators.

JOURNALISM AND MEDIA STUDIES PROGRAMME, UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG P Bag X3, Wits 2050, Tel: 011 717 4028, Fax 011-717 4081, Email: journinfo@wits.ac.za, Physical Address: 10th Floor, University Corner, cnr Jorissen & Bertha Streets, Braamfontein

• Applicants should hold a PhD, and have a record of peer-reviewed research work commensurate with the seniority of the position (preferred) or be able to show equivalent professional output and publication. The formal academic rank for the individual who is eventually selected for the position shall be determined by the university in accordance with its rules and policies;
• A strong professional profile and significant experience, including at least 5 years in practical journalism and experience at senior newsroom levels;
• S/he must show a track record of leadership and innovation and the ability to develop and implement the centre’s vision;
• The successful applicant will have an excellent understanding of the unfolding media and journalism environment;
• Applicants should have teaching experience;
• S/he must have managerial competence. Experience in raising funds and managing donor relationships, the ability to represent the centre in multiple forums and experience in developing networks, collaborations and partnerships;
• Flexibility, adaptability, people skills, organised, attention to detail, enthusiasm, ability to innovate.

Enquiries Only: Professor Dan Ojwang (e-mail: Dan.Ojwang@wits.ac.za).

Requirements:

Submit a letter of motivation, a detailed CV and the names and contact details of three referees (including e-mail addresses). Applicants must clearly specify on the application form at what level they wish to be appointed.

Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits Self Service application Apply for a job

External applicants are invited to apply by registering a profile on the Wits ‘irecruitment’ platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting the application.

*The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. Designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, as amended, means black people, women and people with disabilities.

WITS Employment Equity Policy: https://www.wits.ac.za/media/wits- university/footer/about-wits/transformation-office/documents/Policy%20- %20Employment%20Equity.pdf

Closing Date: 13th August 2021

Call for papers: Post-doctoral recruitment


Critical Arts is a peer-reviewed journal publishing 6 issues a year. Three of the six numbers are reserved for general issues and single submissions. Three are allocated to theme issues.

In collaboration with the National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), Critical Artscalls for submissions from post-doctoral researchers. Qualifying articles will be published in a double issue scheduled for late 2022 or early 2023.  Conducted under the management of a skilled supervising editor, Critical Arts will offer on-the-job publication training, and is intended to introduce new scholars to the international scholarly publishing environment.  

One outcome will be practice-led learning by up to 20 emergent South African university-based post-doctoral authors for the double issue, embracing the entire publishing value chain, from submission to promotion, delivering articles to international readerships.

Critical Arts encourages conceptual freshness, textured writing, and experiential analysis, which draws readers into its articles, narrative themes and theoretical explorations.  

Critical Arts encourages articles that influence the ways in which disciplines think about themselves. Our niche includes critical dialogues generated within the South-North and East-West relationships, with special reference to Africa. 

Critical Arts includes amongst its authors original articles by Nobel Laureates J. M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer.  Also published have been  Stuart Hall, Ntongela Masilela, Leora Farber, Stacy Vorster, Handel Kashope Wright, Nhamo Mhiripiri, Jeff Sehume, Nicky Falkoff, Francis Lukhele and many others from the African diaspora, and it has included graduate students as authors and as editorial coordinators. Critical Arts is subscribed to by over 13 000 university and other libraries in South Africa, Africa, the USA and Europe via Routledge and UNISA Press, and partners also with National Inquiry Scholarly Services, Makhanda. 

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be made online via ScholarOne Manuscripts at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcrc. Submissions should be original works not simultaneously submitted elsewhere, between 5000 to 7000 words in length. Referencing should be done according to the Chicago Manual of Style.     

Mileposts

Proposals/Abstracts: 300-500 words, by 10 September 2021.

An editorial committee will assess the proposals received, and make an initial selection.

Authors whose proposals are approved will be contacted by:  30 September 2021

Qualifying authors will have up to 6 months to write their papers, but many post-doctoral authors may already have articles resulting from work in progress that could be submitted earlier.

We will require proof that authors are currently registered (or recently completed) as post-doctoral students/fellows, located only at South African public universities during the years 2020-2022.

The peer review process can take anything between a few weeks and a few months, depending on the availability of reviewers, but we will work with a list of rotating post-doctoral supervisors, in conjunction with the editorial board where possible to speed up the process.

The articles accepted for publication must have been completed and approved by the journal within the year that the project is scheduled, starting 1 August 2021.  Publication will occur towards the end of 2022. Authors who miss the year schedule can re-submit to a later number, in which case article processing charges will apply. The project’s budget will sponsor the article processing charges of authors included in the special issue.

Qualifying authors will be invited to participate in training workshops run by the journal, involving the publisher, Taylor & Francis and other partners, on aspects of publishing and article promotion (i.e., science communication).  These will extend to short articles for The Conversation (summarising article content), and the ANFASA Magazine (discussing writing processes), amongst others.

Potential authors are encouraged to access Critical Arts articles via their institutional libraries to familiarise themselves on the journal.

Further information can be obtained from the supervising editor Dr Julie Grant) at:  julieg@uj.ac.za or editorial coordinator at: criticalarts@ukzn.ac.za

The project leader is Prof Keyan G Tomaselli, co-editor, University of Johannesburg.  keyant@uj.ac.za

Dates to remember:

August  2021: Call for papers circulated

Sept 10, 2021: Abstract submission

Selection of 20 Abstracts for full paper invitation: 30 Sept

Full paper submission: 15 March or sooner.  Submissions will be processed as and when they are submitted.  There is no need for authors to wait for the deadline.

April 30, 2022: First round of peer review completed.

June 1: 2022: Revision deadline

July 1, 2022: Submission of accepted papers for copyediting, production and queuing.

October 22, 2022: publication of double issue (up to 20 papers)

Murder in Paris: a four year journey for director/ producer Enver Samuel


A misty spring morning in Paris, 29 March 1988. Exiled resident of Athlone, Cape Town Dulcie September had just visited the post office to collect mail for the ANC office in France, where she served as a Chief Representative of the African National Congress. She would have been completely unaware, as she pressed the lift button to the fourth floor, that an assassin was lurking in the shadows. 5 shots …

At her funeral ANC President Oliver Tambo stated: “The African National Congress make this solemn vow: that these murderers, who today arrogantly strut the globe, will be brought to justice, it might not be tomorrow, it might not be next year, but they will be brought to justice”.

It has been 33 long years since Dulcie’s assassination and there has been no justice for her and her family. This documentary finally gives her a voice and we are hoping it will be the catalyst to bring her name back into public discourse and play a role in reopening an inquest into her untimely death.

MurderinParis also unveils a number of complex issues that deal with the nature of liberation struggles, the moral and political questions and critically the gaps and silences in the telling of the story of the fight against apartheid. Through the telling of the story of this courageous and remarkable person, we are reminded in a powerful way of the immense sacrifices that people like Dulcie September and many others made to liberate us. Her personal and political integrity, her principled position, her moral courage and her vision for a better South Africa stands as a strong reminder of how central these values are even today as we confront the agenda item: “unfinished business” of the past and the present. And on that growing list, the unresolved issues and unanswered questions that swirl around the murder of Dulcie September, must be writ large.

Dulcie September’s niece Nicola Arendse, upon viewing the documentary, was moved to say – “I saw my aunt talking for the first time – hearing her voice and seeing her “alive” in the video clips. That was very special, a poignant moment for me. I saw my aunt as a person who did what she did thoroughly and completely, till the task was done well. She asked questions and challenged those who needed to be challenged, even if it was to produce better work standards. The documentary speaks to her as a freedom fighter and as a person with her own unique character”.

About Enver Samuel: 

Enver is an award-winning filmmaker involved in televisoin production since 1994. He  has a passion for telling the stories of unsung heroes and heroines of the South African struggle against apartheid.

“My foremost goal as the producer/ director of Murder in Paris is to ensure that the documentary has not just been made for a broadcast date and then is forgotten. It will also have an active social impact campaign, supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, designed for it to ensure maximum exposure at schools and community halls at grassroots level throughout the country – we look forward to sharing the film with you and your communities!”

Proposed book title: Converged Radio, Youth and Urbanity in Africa: Emerging trends and perspectives.

Editors: Stanley Tsarwe and Sarah Chiumbu

Proposed publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Even though at some point radio was regarded as the poor ‘cousin’ of the then newer ICTs (Myers 2008) in the 1990s, there is evidence that radio is now being brought back into the media technologies family and is increasingly converging with contemporary digital media technologies such as the mobile telephony and the internet (Willems 2013; Chiumbu 2014; Tsarwe 2018). In Africa, the early 2000s witnessed an almost universal trend towards the market liberalisation of the media, massive internet rollout and increased push towards digitisation. Given Africa’s youth-dominated demographic profile and a rapid urban sprawl that is not only attractive to youth but also enables rapid internet rollout and connectivity, young people are driving the production and consumption of urban radio. At the same time, advertisers continue to search for ways of monetising these dividends.

The convergence of digital media and urban radio are shaping, and are in turn shaped by, youth who are the most significant force behind digital cultures in urban Africa. Arguably, youth are also an attractive constituency targeted by urban commercial radio, internet radio streaming, podcast radio and campus radio. In the context of these developments, the central question is: what has changed since the liberalisation and the increased use of digital media gadgets in the production, distribution and consumption of radio and how, if any, have these developments set new trends in African radio?

The proposed book accepts chapters backed by empirical data and based on African case studies examining contemporary processes and practices arising from the convergence between urban radio and digital media technologies and how young people are part of these developments. Chapters must be underpinned by theoretical debates about the role of radio in African public spheres.

Critical voices of the ‘digital turn’ in mass media – including radio – are of the view that a meaningful critique of the technological affordances to the radio institution must critically engage with the complex questions of the dialectical relationship between technology, structure, and agency especially given the seductive myth of the so-called new media (Moyo 2013). Others are of the view that that to understand how converged radio works and the practices arising thereof; there is a need to situate these practices within a broader corporate logic in which participation is not merely about adding more voices but also feeds into radio stations’ commercial strategies of increasing revenue and accessing personal data of listeners through SMS and social media (Willem 2013: 223). Indeed, there is emerging research interest seeking to understand the realities at the core of the convergence of radio, mobile telephony and the internet, and a book-long project such as this one could provide empirical insights into the processes and practices shaping converged radio in the continent.

Young people are also a target market for developers of wearable devices such as AM/FM headphones and portable radio sets to listen to audio content while ‘on the ‘go’. Modern smartphones come equipped with their own radio apps, which uses the same antenna used by the phone to connect to the mobile network, while Apple Music and Spotify provide a one place shop to manage and listen to music from all over the world. Young people stand on street corners listening to the radio through digital devices such as mobile phone headphones, and these practices may be seen as part and parcel of youth identity formation. Youth also contribute to daytime talk radio, in which commercial radio allows them to send audio voice notes and Whatsapp messages to interactive radio studios. Use of these mobile-phone-based platforms by urban commercial radio ensures that youthful audiences are kept hooked on to radio – and, by implication, are hooked on to advertisers. At the same time, they enjoy the convenience of doing so on the go. The key technical driver of the move to mobile radio is the smartphone, combined with headphones and inbuilt apps, which enable people to listen to audio conveniently.

Another exciting development is the still nascent field of radio podcasting in Africa. Podcasting is the practice of using the internet to make digital audio recordings downloadable to a personal device such as a computer or mobile device for easy listening. The 2019 Reuters Digital News Report[1] showed preliminary evidence that in South Africa and Kenya, around 40 percent of the more educated, urban samples use podcasts. Indeed, podcasts are disproportionately consumed by people under the age of 35. However, these figures are much higher in Europe and North America. We have little knowledge of the everyday practices and experiences of podcasting in Africa. Albeit accessibility challenges, podcasting promises to be a lucrative niche in African radio given the enduring challenges of media diversity on the continent as well as the prospects for increased content options.

The book will consist of chapters arranged under four themes, as outlined below:

Structure, Agency and Power: Production and Reception of converged radio

  • Digital media technologies and audience-producer interactions through voice calls, WhatsApp voice notes and mobile chats etc
  • Digital media technologies and increased audience participation: the complicated relationship between growing audience statistics and the commercial imperatives
  • Digital media technologies and audience power in the co-production of radio content through voice calls, voice notes and mobile chats
  • Digital media technologies and the reception of radio: mobiles phones and the internet
  • Emerging converged newsroom practices during radio production
  • Emerging news sourcing and news production practices
  • Internet radio, live radio streaming and podcasting

Agents of change: Civic engagement and political participation

  • Youth, urban commercial radio and music: the dumbing down of critical dialogues and tabloidisation of the public sphere
  • Underground music, censored music and their emergence in urban street cultures
  • Self-recording, podcasting and resistance music
  • Cultural, political and social resistance: Working class youth and music in urban taxis
  • Online subversive radio and youth voices

Identity, Belonging and Cultural Expressions

  • Radio as self-expression: youth and mobile wearable devices, headphones, AM/FM headphones and portable radio sets
  • Mobile phones and applications, e.g. Apple Music and Spotify
  • Youth, connectivity, urban mobility and urban radio
  • Music radio: Pop, hip hop and urban contemporaries
  • Youth, digital technologies and campus radio
  • Car radio music technologies in transition: Compact Discs (CDs), Bluetooth, and external storage devices such as memory stick
  • Urban street lingo and its appropriation by advertisers on urban commercial radio.
  • Counter-hegemony and formation of urban street cultures

Commercial Imperatives

  • Urban commercial radio and internet live streaming, digital marketing and advertising
  • Radio celebrity cultures and the commercial logic
  • Advertising voice-overs and technological disruption
  • Smaller newsrooms and disk jockey table
  • DJs, turntables, mixers, dancers, and the urban environment

Abstracts should not be more than 300 words

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 June 2021
  • Author notification of acceptance of abstract: 30 June 2020
  • Author first draft chapter submission: September 2021
  • Submission of the first draft to the publisher: January 2022

Prospective chapter contributors to send abstracts to Stanley Tsarwe on tsarwes@gmail.com and Sarah Chiumbu on sarahc@uj.ac.za

Please note that all submissions will be peer-reviewed. Abstracts to clearly state the aim and objectives of the study as well as the theoretical and methodological approaches to be used in the study.


[1] https://www.digitalnewsreport.org/survey/2019/

Secondhand Cultures in Unsettled Times

Online Symposium hosted by the School of Media, Journalism and Culture,
Cardiff University, 15-16 June 2021. Tuesday 15 June & Wednesday 16 June 
2-9pm GMT, online.

Secondhand cultures and practices, from reselling sites to charity shops 
and thrift stores to waste picking, have expanded and transformed over 
recent decades, with profound social, political, and environmental 
implications. This Symposium brings together scholars and practitioners 
from around the world to explore secondhand cultures in unsettled times. 
Please join us for a lively line-up of research panels, hands-on 
workshops, practitioner & educator talks, short films, book talks, and 
plenty of opportunities for participants to connect and share ideas.

With keynote talks from:

Professor Angela McRobbie, Goldsmiths, University of London

Professor Avril Maddrell, University of Reading

And presentations from

Professor Rebecca Earley, Centre for Circular Design, UAL

Professor Lucy Norris, UCL – among others!

Booktalks with:

Tansy Hoskins, /Stitched Up: The Anti-capitalist Book of Fashion/, 2014

Rachel Lifter, /Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender/, 2018

15 June speakers include: Dr Natalie L. Mann; Dr George Campbell
Gosling; Dr Cheryl Roberts; Dr. Aulia Rahmawati; Brigitte Stockton; Dr 
Elaine Igoe, Susan Noble, Lara Torres and Jennifer Cunningham; Claire 
Wellesley-Smith; Jon Stobart and Sara Pennell; Lorna Flutter; Dr 
Jennifer Le Zotte; Violet Broadhead; Siobhan Kelly; Gesche Huebner; Dr 
Jennifer Lynn Ayres; Maya Wassell Smith; Vita Kurland; Dr Triona Fitton; 
Petra Seitz, Nia Thandapani and Gregor Wittrick

16 June speakers include:*Prof Mark Joseph O’Connell; Dr Gesche
Huebner; Kyra G. Streck and Kelly L. Reddy-Best; Debarati Sarkar; Dr 
Alida Payson; Brenda Mondragón and Diana Morales; Elena Johansen; Dr 
Lucy Wishart; Ceylan Akbas and Eva Souchet; Lindsay Parker; Rhiannon 
Craft; Dr Annebella Pollen; Rose Sinclair; Naomi Dunstan; Helen 
O’Sullivan; Prof Becky Earley and the CharioCity team

Vintage scholars, sellers & developers: Dr Liz Tregenza; A.
Cleopatra, Vêtement Vintage; Liisa Jokinen, Gem, a vintage search app; 
and Pilar Garibay, Bodega No. 3

Workshops/talks with:

Wendy Ward, author and practitioner; Dhamar Romo Chavez of FABSCRAP,
NYC; Hannah Carter of *Love Not Landfill* and *ReLondon*; Liz Ricketts
and The OR Foundation; Dismantle Magazine; the Centre for Circular
Design;

& Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd w/ Fashion Futures; Kat Roberts w/ Fabric Scrap 
Twine; Dr Jules Findley w/ Mending, secondhand and the tacit

Organised by Dr Alida Payson, Cardiff University, Dr Jennifer Lynn 
Ayres, NYU, and Dr Triona Fitton, University of Kent, and Kamila Buczek, 
Cardiff University

The event is free, but please register here: 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secondhand-cultures-in-unsettled-times-tickets-154573454363

Book Call: Converged Radio, Youth and Urbanity in Africa: Emerging trends and perspectives.

Editors: Stanley Tsarwe and Sarah Chiumbu
Proposed publisher: Palgrave Macmillan


Even though at some point radio was regarded as the poor ‘cousin’ of the then newer ICTs (Myers 2008) in the 1990s, there is evidence that radio is now being brought back into the media technologies family and is increasingly converging with contemporary digital media technologies such as the mobile telephony and the internet (Willems 2013; Chiumbu 2014; Tsarwe 2018). In Africa, the early 2000s witnessed an almost universal trend towards the market liberalisation of the media, massive internet rollout and increased push towards digitisation. Given Africa’s youth-dominated demographic profile and a rapid urban sprawl that is not only attractive to youth but also enables rapid internet rollout and connectivity, young people are driving the production and consumption of urban radio. At the same time, advertisers continue to search for ways of monetising these dividends. The convergence of digital media and urban radio are shaping, and are in turn shaped by, youth who are the most significant force behind digital cultures in urban Africa. Arguably, youth are also an attractive constituency targeted by urban commercial radio, internet radio streaming, podcast radio and campus radio. In the context of these developments, the central question is: what has changed since the liberalisation and the increased use of digital media gadgets in the production, distribution and consumption of radio and how, if any, have these developments set new trends in African radio? The proposed book accepts chapters backed by empirical data and based on African case studies examining contemporary processes and practices arising from the convergence between urban radio and digital media technologies and how young people are part of these developments. Chapters must be underpinned by theoretical debates about the role of radio in African public spheres. Critical voices of the ‘digital turn’ in mass media – including radio – are of the view that a meaningful critique of the technological affordances to the radio institution must critically engage with the complex questions of the dialectical relationship between technology, structure, and agency especially given the seductive myth of the so-called new media (Moyo 2013). Others are of the view that that to understand how converged radio works and the practices arising thereof; there is a need to situate these practices within a broader corporate logic in which participation is not merely about adding more voices but also feeds into radio stations’ commercial strategies of increasing revenue and accessing personal data of listeners through SMS and social media (Willem 2013: 223). Indeed, there is emerging research interest seeking to understand the realities at the core of the convergence of radio, mobile telephony and the internet, and a book-long project such as this one could provide empirical insights into the processes and practices shaping converged radio in the continent. Young people are also a target market for developers of wearable devices such as AM/FM headphones and portable radio sets to listen to audio content while ‘on the ‘go’. Modern smartphones come equipped with their own radio apps, which uses the same antenna used by the phone to connect to the mobile network, while Apple Music and Spotify provide a one place shop to manage and listen to music from all over the world. Young people stand on street corners listening to the radio through digital devices such as mobile phone headphones, and these practices may be seen as part and parcel of youth identity formation. Youth also contribute to daytime talk radio, in which commercial radio allows them to send audio voice notes and Whatsapp messages to interactive radio studios. Use of these mobile-phone-based platforms by urban commercial radio ensures that youthful audiences are kept hooked on to radio – and, by implication, are hooked on to advertisers. At the same time, they enjoy the convenience of doing so on the go. The key technical driver of the move to mobile radio is the smartphone, combined with headphones and inbuilt apps, which enable people to listen to audio conveniently. Another exciting development is the still nascent field of radio podcasting in Africa. Podcasting is the practice of using the internet to make digital audio recordings downloadable to a personal device such as a computer or mobile device for easy listening. The 2019 Reuters Digital News Report showed preliminary evidence that in South Africa and Kenya, around 40 percent of the more educated, urban samples use podcasts. Indeed, podcasts are disproportionately consumed by people under the age of 35. However, these figures are much higher in Europe and North America. We have little knowledge of the everyday practices and experiences of podcasting in Africa. Albeit accessibility challenges, podcasting promises to be a lucrative niche in African radio given the enduring challenges of media diversity on the continent as well as the prospects for increased content options.

The book will consist of chapters arranged under four themes, as outlined below: Structure, Agency and Power: Production and Reception of converged radio
• Digital media technologies and audience-producer interactions through voice calls, WhatsApp voice notes and mobile chats etc • Digital media technologies and increased audience participation: the complicated relationship between growing audience statistics and the commercial imperatives
• Digital media technologies and audience power in the co-production of radio content through voice calls, voice notes and mobile chats • Digital media technologies and the reception of radio: mobiles phones and the internet
• Emerging converged newsroom practices during radio production
• Emerging news sourcing and news production practices
• Internet radio, live radio streaming and podcasting Agents of change: Civic engagement and political participation
• Youth, urban commercial radio and music: the dumbing down of critical dialogues and tabloidisation of the public sphere
• Underground music, censored music and their emergence in urban street cultures
• Self-recording, podcasting and resistance music
• Cultural, political and social resistance: Working class youth and music in urban taxis
• Online subversive radio and youth voices Identity, Belonging and Cultural Expressions • Radio as self-expression: youth and mobile wearable devices, headphones, AM/FM headphones and portable radio sets
• Mobile phones and applications, e.g. Apple Music and Spotify
• Youth, connectivity, urban mobility and urban radio
• Music radio: Pop, hip hop and urban contemporaries
• Youth, digital technologies and campus radio
• Car radio music technologies in transition: Compact Discs (CDs), Bluetooth, and external storage devices such as memory stick
• Urban street lingo and its appropriation by advertisers on urban commercial radio.
• Counter-hegemony and formation of urban street cultures Commercial Imperatives
• Urban commercial radio and internet live streaming, digital marketing and advertising
• Radio celebrity cultures and the commercial logic
• Advertising voice-overs and technological disruption • Smaller newsrooms and disk jockey table
• DJs, turntables, mixers, dancers, and the urban environment Abstracts should not be more than 300 words Important Dates

• Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 June 2021
• Author notification of acceptance of abstract: 30 June 2020
• Author first draft chapter submission: September 2021
• Submission of the first draft to the publisher: January 2022 Prospective chapter contributors to send abstracts to Stanley Tsarwe and Sarah Chiumbu

Please note that all submissions will be peer-reviewed. Abstracts to clearly state the aim and objectives of the study as well as the theoretical and methodological approaches to be used in the study.

The Journalist & Mail and Guardian celebrate World Freedom Day

The Journalist in partnership with the Mail and Guardian celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2021 (3 May 2021) and 30 years of the Windhoek Declaration with a special edition online at www.thejournalist.org.za and a print version in today’s Mail and Guardian.  

See our main story: A Gift to the World from African Journalists
Link to the special edition: www.thejournalist.org.za For further information contact Special Edition editor Phindile Xaba at 082 669 4064 and writer Zubeida Jaffer at 076 983 1893.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline Extended to Friday 14 May Highway Africa 2021

Academic and research track “New news for new times” Journalism all over the world is in an existential crisis. But this profession has many champions who are deeply invested in the ongoing role that journalism plays in enlarging democracy, ensuring freedom of expression and safeguarding the right to information. On day three (23 June) of this year’s Highway Africa conference we turn to how journalism could be reinvigorated as a renewed force for good in the world. This academic and research track within HA will combine invited speakers with a call for papers on topics which have an unashamedly future focus. We are asking researchers where we see the seeds of rebirth, reimagination and renewal: Emerging genres of journalism Emerging shapes and scopes of news organisations and emerging work practices Rethinking journalism curricula Emerging business and revenue models Emerging media innovation and creativity If you would like us to consider you to give a presentation on one of the above themes please send an abstract of 500 words with title to Tatenda Chatikobo on t.chatikobo@ru.ac.za by midnight SAST on Friday 14 May. Acceptances will require a 4000-word paper (excluding references) to be sent to us by Monday 7 June. Our intention is to make all papers available on the Highway Africa website for reading before the actual conference so that presentations and conversations can be rich and informed.

Call for Chapters (CFP): Book Project (NB: No payment from authors/APC will be required)


Title: Strategic Communication Management for Development and Social Change: Governance, Sustainability and Participatory Perspectives in Africa

Editors: Dr Tsietsi Mmutle, School of Communication Studies, North-West University, South Africa; Dr Tshepang Molale, School of Communication Studies, North-West University, South Africa; Dr Olebogeng Selebi, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Dr Olanrewaju Olugbenga Akinola, Department of Mass Communication, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria.

Background

In a post-colonial landscape, governments from across the African continent are experiencing a myriad of disparate challenges related to development and social change (cf. Chambua, 1994; Raheem, Anamuah-Mensah & Dei, 2014). At the heart of these challenges, is the need to bring about development, rapid urbanisation, as well as the improvement in the quality of life for all citizens. However, several stumbling blocks stand in the way of this, namely:

·      Corruption

·      Challenges with management and sustainable use of natural resources

·      Conflict

·      The debt-crisis and underdevelopment

·      Contestation around legitimacy in the democratisation processes (including protests, violence and resistance, extremism, extreme poverty and famine)

·      Pandemics (i.e. Ebola, Malaria and Covid-19)

These issues have adversely affected the achievement of goals related to humanitarian upliftment, development and social change for all African nations. Consequently, citizen participation lies at the heart of these challenges when considering the question of sustainable governance and policy development for social change in an African context. To this end, various case studies exist where local citizens do not inform sustainable development programmes; while the promotion of bottom-up development and social change is largely replaced by top-down instrumental action approaches and hemispheric communication (cf. Williams, 2006; Molale, 2019; Mwesigwa, 2021). For example, in the context of South Africa’s citizen participation in local government’s Integrated Development Planning processes, Molale (2019) found that although community participation is hailed as the communicative blueprint for promoting inclusive development and social change for all, the problem lies with top-down and modernisation-pronged approaches employed by development managers instead of listening to the needs and expectations of local community members, who should be at the forefront of integrated development planning. Likewise from an East-African perspective, Mwesigwa’s (2021) recently discovered various practice-based and operational as well as socio-economic challenges, such as marginalisation of certain voices in the communities (i.e. women), the dominance and favour given to certain elites in communities during citizen participation processes, a lack of accountability and high levels of corruption as well as a conflict of interests; as stumbling blocks towards the enhancement of citizen participation in Uganda. While in West-Africa, the findings of Krawczyk & Sweet-Cushman (2017) affirm that high levels of citizen engagement and involvement in local politics has a direct correlation to and positively impacts good governance. The authors further identified that non-active participation in local politics is a determinant of corruption and may pose a risk of apathy as citizens often disengage in participatory processes if their views and perspectives around local development planning are not prioritised. 

As an attempt that further necessitated the need to expose the complementary nature of Strategic Communication Management (SCM) and Communication for Development and Social Change (cf. Waisbord, 2014) in the pursuit of sustainable solutions to governance problems and challenges in an African context; Mmutle (2018) developed a Strategic Communication Framework for Participatory Communication aimed at addressing inclusive citizenry engagement and public participation in governance and sustainability programmes. Although Strategic Communication is recognised as a deliberate and purposeful tool for good governance, its accentuated value in promoting development and social change is yet to be fully explored. This is especially because there are no clear, precise and sustainable communication-based strategies, and contextual approaches, aimed at addressing social change problems faced by governments across the African continent (cf. Otto & Fourie, 2016; Mwesigwa, 2021) from a multidisciplinary context.

The objective of this edited volume is to draw insights from scholars across the African continent in the fields of Strategic Communication Management as well as Communication for Development and Social Change by unravelling the complementary nature of scholarship between the two fields, through the lens of prevailing governance and sustainability challenges facing African countries, today.

In view of the above, scholars interested in African Development, Communication for Development and Social Change, as well as Strategic Communication are invited to submit proposal aimed at exploring different themes, including:

·      Communication for social change, Bottom-up Development and Social Movements in the local government sphere;

·      Strategic Communication in Governance, Planning and Policy reforms;

·      On the pragmatics of Hemispheric Communication and deepening underdevelopment in the local government context;

·      Strategic Management and Participatory Communication in Government programs;

·      The role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in achieving development objectives geared towards good governance in Africa;

·      Strategic Communication for Nation-Building and Social Cohesion

·      Public participation, protests and resistance from “below”;

·      Communicating Development and Humanitarian crises facing Africa;

·      Public Sector Health Communications and Development;

·      Top-down instrumental action versus Dialogic approaches to development and social change in Government Communication;

·      Media relations, accountability and contested Development narratives with the Fourth Estate;

·      Social Media and eParticipation in government development programs.

The above themes are by no means exhaustive.

Submission details:
Interested contributors are invited to submit an abstract of between 300-500 words and a short (not more than 300-words) biography to Dr Tsietsi Mmutle (mmutletj@gmail.com) and Dr Bright Molale (tmolaleb09@gmail.com) and cc 21804559@g.nwu.ac.za.

Deadline for abstracts is 14 June 2021. Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection is 02 July 2021. Deadline for submission of full chapters is 10 December 2021. Feedback from reviewers will be sent to authors by 28 February 2022 and revised manuscripts should be submitted by 1 April 2022. The book is earmarked for publication in Palgrave Macmillan and a tentative publication date is 30 June 2022. Please note that no payment from authors/APC will be required.

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Krawczyk, K & Sweet-Cushman, J. 2017. Understanding political participation in West Africa: the relationship between good governance and local citizen engagement. International review of Administrative Sciences, 83(1):136-155 doi.org/10.1177/0020852315619024.

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