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 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: 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 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.


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 ( and Dr Bright Molale ( and cc

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.


Chambua, S.E. 1994. The Development Debates & the Crisis of Development Theories: The Case of Tanzania with Special Emphasis on Peasants, State & Capital. In Himmelstrand, U., Kinyanjui, K., & Mburugu, E. eds. African Perspectives on Development: Controversies, Dilemmas & Openings. Dar es Salaam: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, 37-50.

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

Mmutle, TJ. 2018. Strategic Communication Management for Government and Sustainability: A Participatory Communication Perspective for Inclusive Citizenry Engagement. Pretoria: University of Pretoria. (Thesis- PhD).  

Molale, TB. 2019. Participatory communication in South African municipal government: Matlosana local municipality’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) processes. Communicare, 38(1): 57-75.

Mwesigwa, D. 2021. Towards enhancing local citizen participation in Uganda. Dynamics of Politics and Democracy, 1(1): 15-28. DOI: 10.35912/DPD.v1i1.449.   

Raheem, K., Anamuah-Mensah, J., & Dei, G.J.S. 2014. Re-Thinking Development and Growth Theories for Africa: Issues in the 21st Century?. In Asabere-Ameyaw, A., Anamuah-Mensah, J., Dei, G.S., & Raheem, K. eds. Indigenist African Development and Related Issues: Towards a Transdisciplinary. Perspective. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Waisbord, S. 2014. The Strategic Politics of Participatory Communication. In Wilkins, K.G., Tufte, T., Obregon, R. eds. The Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 147-167).

Trauma awareness survey

Are you a journalism educator? If so, we would very much like to invite you to complete a short survey aiming to assess your awareness of the impact of trauma assignments on journalists and your attitudes towards embedding trauma literacy into the journalism curriculum. The survey will take about 10 mins to complete, and your help would be very much appreciated. 

Please click on the link below to participate and we would encourage you to forward the survey to any of your colleagues.

Let us tell you a little bit more about this project and its aims. This survey is conducted by the newly launched Journalism Education and Trauma Research Group (JETREG), based at the University of Lincoln, UK, with membership from journalism scholars and practitioners from universities across the world. We were brought together by our shared concern about a possible failure of duty of care by journalism educators in not offering opportunities to journalism students to develop skills which may reduce risk to their personal and professional wellbeing. Evidence shows that an increasing number of journalists are disclosing personal histories of work-related emotional, professional and social adjustment difficulties including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other reactions evoked by what they have been exposed to. Our survey aims to examine the experience and attitude of journalism educators to work-related risks, especially when it comes to the practicalities of embedding material about traumatic stressors and their effects in journalism education.  

For any enquiries, or if you wish to join the network and find out more about our work, please contact Ola Ogunyemi, the JETREG, network convenor via  

Call for Applications: Research Lecturer

AFDA Johannesburg, School of Postgraduate Studies

AFDA (The School of the Creative Economy) is the leading school of its kind in South Africa, offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Motion Picture Medium, Live Performance, Business Innovation and Technology.
AFDA is a full member of CILECT, the association of the world’s major film and television schools.

Applications are invited for the position of:

Research Lecturer – School of Postgraduate Studies

The AFDA Honours degrees in Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance build on the undergraduate degrees by intensifying the learning experience of Practice-Led Research/Research-Led Practice. The AFDA MFA Programme focusses on Motion Picture Medium only.

The degrees are divided into three equally important components: Core Course, Research Development and Discipline. In the creative arts there is an accelerating recognition that creative practice is a form of research. For the purposes of these degrees, the idea that the practical component and research inform each other and go hand in hand is implemented by applying the ideas of Research-led-Practice / Practice-led-Research.

Core Course (CC), also called core curriculum, refers to a series or selection of courses that all students are required to complete. The general educational purpose of a CC of study is to ensure that all students take and complete courses that are considered to be academically and culturally essential. This course covers aspects of the Humanities which are essential when pursuing a degree In the creative economies.

Students will be introduced to academic methodologies and research practice in the Research Development (RD) stream. The Research Development will result in the completion of a dissertation and a practical research project at the end of the degree programme.

Key Areas of Competency:

  • Delivering the majority of lectures (contact and virtual) in the Research Development stream of both Hons. and MFA degrees, but also – as need and personal interest may lie, in the Core Course and Discipline Streams.
  • Evaluating Students in Formative and Summative Assessments
  • Conducting student consultations and reflective meetings
  • Preparing content and lesson plans for each term
  • Assessment registration for the all PG Research assessments
  • Working with counterparts to ensure parity across all campuses on term outcomes
  • Attendance registers and class management administration
  • Management of Supervision for both Honours and MFA Students.
  • Timetable planning with all Postgraduate Staff.
  • Curriculum development


  1. Experience in the Tertiary Education Sector (Private or Public) / Academia.
  2. Minimum qualification: a relevant PhD degree (Education or equivalent field). PhD Candidates who will graduate within due course may also apply. 

Personal Attributes

  • Assertive
  • Emotionally Intelligent
  • Focused
  • Professional
  • Responsible
  • Internally motivated and independent
  • Open minded and curious

Please send the following to no later than Tuesday, 27.04.2021

  • CV (certificates of qualifications are not required at this stage, but at a later stage)
  • Cover letter (including contact details)
  • Academic and Personal References
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Type:                            Full-time fixed-term contract

Campus location:       Auckland Park, Johannesburg

Start date:                     May 2021

Salary:                          Negotiable on experience and qualification.


21 to 23 June 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 by midnight SAST on Friday 23 April. We will let you know our decision by Monday 10 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.

New book out: Re-Imagining Communication in Africa and the Caribbean: Global South Issues in Media, Culture and Technology.

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new edited volume, titled Re-Imagining Communication in Africa and the Caribbean: Global South Issues in Media, Culture and Technology. The book brings together a selection of 22 scholars from the two regions, to provide critical explorations of people and media in their diverse engagements with culture, communication and technology in the 11 countries represented.

Details of the book can be found at the following link:

With change and reform at its core, this book traverses the domains of new media and traditional culture, music as resistance, reforms to communication theory, resisting colonial and imperial legacies, advocating journalistic renewal, and exploring new corporate and cultural strategies, among others. It covers print journalism, broadcast radio and television, digital media, popular music, and video games—in a range of national and cultural contexts.

The book also pays particular attention to the role of media and technology in the experiences of disadvantaged or under-represented groups, including women and indigenous communities. 

The editors are Hopeton Dunn, Dumisani Moyo, William Lesitaokana and Shanade Bianca Barnabas. Early endorsements of the book were provided by Professor Tawana Kupe, Media Scholar and Vice Chancellor of University of Pretoria; and Professor Rupert Lewis, Pan African Scholar and Emeritus Professor of Political Thought at the University of the West Indies.

Chapter contributors to the book include Melville Cooke of Jamaica, Herman Wasserman of South Africa, Anthony Gunde and Victor Chikaipa of Malawi, Hagos Nigussie of Ethiopia, Carol Munoz Nieves of Cuba, Shanade Bianca Barnabas and Itunu Bodunrin of South Africa, Daina Nathaniel of Trinidad and Tobago, Nicola Bidwell based in Namibia, William Lesitaokana and Seamogano Mosanako of Botswana, Parkie Mbozi of Zambia, Rachel van der Merwe of South Africa, Lloyd Waller and Nicola Satchell of Jamaica, Musonda Kapatamoyo of Zambia based in the US, Nova Gordon Bell of Jamaica, Collen Chambwera of Zimbabwe, Paul Chiudza Banda of Malawi, Dumisani Moyo of Zimbabwe, based in South Africa, and Hopeton Dunn of Jamaica, based in Botswana.

According to early reviewers, these scholars engaged critically with the central issues of how we communicate, produce, resist, reform, entertain, and build communities in early 21st-century Africa and the Caribbean.

Hopeton, Dumi, William and Shanade. :

CFP: Journalism Studies and the Global South: Rethinking Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy

Manuscript deadline: 01 October 2021

Over the years, the study of journalism has crystallized into a well-defined sub-discipline in the field of media and communication studies. As a sub-discipline, it has also burgeoned into a tapestry of cultures, epistemologies, ways of knowing and doing that exist in tension and in dialogue with each other. The establishment of the Journalism Studies journal about two decades ago has created the much-needed platform for cultural ferment on the craft and a kind of heterotopia that is necessary to transform the sub-discipline through intercultural trans-epistemic dialogue from different intellectual traditions around the world. This Special Issue represents one such dialogue from the Global South which is about the need to decolonize the theories, methods, and pedagogies that undergird the sub-discipline. Apart from Southern theories, the Issue also focuses on how the Global South can unthink Eurocentrism and its colonial matrices that are embedded in news media institutions, processes, and journalistic practices. The Global South is used here not only as a geo-political category for mapping the cartographies of power in knowledge production in Journalism between the West and non-West, but also as an analytical tool for understanding domination in an increasingly deterritorialized and invisible cognitive empire. It is an epistemic angle and a resistance imaginary for recuperating new loci of enunciation from silenced ontologies, histories, cultures, bodies, and worldviews of the South.

Needless to say, the debate on decolonization in journalism studies is long overdue. For some time now, media and communication studies have been engaged in a reflective and soul-searching journey about the need for transforming the field through a more diverse and inclusive multicultural theory. The tropes for this transformative process have ranged from internationalization to de-westernization. However, they have increasingly crystallized around the decolonization imperative. Decolonization is seen as seminal in the birth of a multicultural turn that gestures towards an intercultural and trans-epistemic knowledge order in the projects of theory-building in the sub- field of Journalism studies. While the de-westernization and decolonization debates have specifically been more prevalent in the sub-disciplines like international communication and intercultural communication, not much has been done in journalism studies, specifically.

Contributions to this Special Issue should focus on the colonization of journalism by capital, including the pervasive influences of neoliberalism and market forces on the curriculum and journalistic practices. Other topics include, among others, the politics of knowledge production in the sub-discipline in terms of culture, race, gender, class, and geography. In decolonial thought, the DuBoisan color line is increasingly seen as a metaphor of many other lines of epistemic apartheid that create false hierarchies in knowledge production. In particular, papers that explore decolonial feminism and re-imagining journalism in the 21st century would be very welcome. Closely interwoven with the theme of marginalization and exclusion of othered knowledges and bodies, is that of alternative epistemologies produced from exteriority of modernity such as those of indigenous communities or First Nations. Other interesting themes may include the following:

– Marketisation and commodification of journalism education and news media
– Decolonizing news frames and the representation of blacks, Latinos, and Asians in Western media.
– Islam, Confucianism, journalism ethics, and global journalism practice
– Genres of journalism in the Global South.
– The place and significance of storytelling in indigenous or “aboriginal” communities and postcolonial communities.
– Rethinking development and post-development journalism in the age of decolonial struggles
– Alternative indigenous and endogenous theories and pedagogies
-Unthinking news values, journalism ethics, and other related practices.
-Decolonizing the technologies of storytelling and mediating news
-Citizen journalism, participatory journalism, advocacy journalism in contexts of struggle and global coloniality.
– Decolonial feminism, media ownership, and representation women in newsrooms
– Ethnic media, cultural sensibilities, and decolonial agenda-setting

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Press Release: WESENS

Film Analysis Competition

You could win R10 000 with the acclaimed Karoo Sci-Fi film – WESENS!

The South African Karoo Sci-Fi film WESENS is bringing film lovers a first-of-its-kind film analysis competition where they can win big cash prizes.

The creative agency The Suits and LitNet are looking for a critical analysis of WESENS, the award-winning Karoo science-fiction film that was released in South African cinemas in October last year and that is now available exclusively on BoxOffice by DStv.

They ask for more than a conventional movie review. What they are looking for is a critical analysis where you examine the film and share your insights and interpretation of the themes and symbolism within it.

You do not have to recount the plot of the film, rather focus your analysis on how the metaphors, analogies and cinematic techniques that was used, add to your interpretation of the themes, symbolism and ultimate message of the film. 

The competition is open to pupils, students and film lovers. The critical analysis of the film must be between 500 and 1 200 words and entries must be emailed with the subject line: “Wesens” to Izak de Vries at LitNet –

Cash prizes include a R10 000 first prize, a R3 000 second prize and a R2 000 third prize. Entries have to reach LitNet on or before 9 May 2021 to be eligible for a prize.

What is also, very exciting, is that one of the judges for this unique film analysis competition is the renowned South African author and film critic, Leon van Nierop! 

Visit LitNet or WESENS for more information. We look forward to reading your interpretation of the first South African Karoo Sci-Fi film – WESENS!

Watch the DStv BoxOffice trailer of WESENS here.