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'Born Frees'- Youth Attitudes Towards Democracy Examined @ JMS

The youth of today have forgotten the struggles of their forefathers. So says Prof Robert Mattes of UCT, who recently presented a range of his groundbreaking research findings to JMS as part of the ‘Media and Citizenship’ initiative of the Mellon Humanities Focus Area at JMS. The most interesting and frightening finding of all? - Only one third of South Africans support democracy as a form of government. PG Dip student Nontsikelelo Mpulo, wrote the following about the matter, in JMS' own publicly distributed biweekly newspaper, Grocott's Mail.


The Latest Issue of Ecquid Novi: Journal of African Journalism Studies is out now.

Edited by JMS Deputy Head Prof Herman Wasserman, and considered the definitive journal of African Journalism Studies, this latest edition - #33 - is brimming with pan-African media content. As Prof Wasserman says in his editor's note, "This edition examines journalism in all four corners of the continent ... (and) a wide range of issues is also covered, from tabloids in South Africa, to the extractive sector in Ghana and Nigeria, and from the elections in Kenya to the Arab Spring uprisings."


Triple-Win for JMS at the Prestigious Sikuvile Newspaper Journalism Awards

Health Journalism lecturer, project manager of the JMS Discovery Health Journalism Centre and regular newspaper contributor on health issues, Mia Malan has just added another feather in her cap, by winning the Sikuvile Newspaper Journalism Award in the 'Analysis, Commentary and Background' category for her M&G piece 'Abduction'.



From September 5-7, 2012, to kickstart the 2012 Highway Africa Global Journalism & Media Summit at JMS, an international consortium comprising the World Bank Institute, the African Media Initiative, and Rhodes University will inaugurate South Africa's first ever Data Journalism Bootcamp.It is inspired by central and local governments around the world having ‘opened' data, for free, including the Open Government Partnership. But while this has resulted in intense excitement from software developers, hackers, development practitioners, and government sponsors, much of the public has been left behind - with the level of informed public debate on data-related issues across ‘opened’ sectors remains variable at best.


JMS Hosts Highway Africa Conference

With "Africa Rising" as this year’s overarching conference theme, the continent’s largest annual media conference takes place in Grahamstown from 8 -10 September; and this 16th edition of Highway Africa will feature an amazing array of activities from talks by distinguished speakers, training workshops, book launches and networking opportunities. This is also the first year that Highway Africa partners with partners with the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), while Highway Africa sponsors Telkom and MTN will present amazing material on broadband and Africa.