July was an important month for the Mellon Focus Area at JMS, with four members of the project attending the International Association of Media and Communications Research (IAMCR) Conference and three of them presenting at the Conference. Another wonderful conference spinoff was meeting global media academic Dr Katrin Voltmer and convincing her to take a short detour from Durban to Grahamstown to visit 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.
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."