In a rare visit to the Eastern Cape, Primedia Broadcasting Group Editor-in-Chief and Head of Eyewitness News, Kate Katopodis, took time out from a frenetic schedule to address JMS staff and students on new models of integrated content provision being pioneered today, within which multimedia and multi-platform content creation play a key role.
It’s not often that a Media School 1000km away from the executive and legislative capitals, and financial and media centres of South Africa, can boast that its recent guests include the ruling party’s national spokesperson, the official opposition’s shadow minister of communication, the winner of the International Press Institute’s prestigious World Press Hero Award and one of the country’s leading media lawyers – just in the last month. And yet, Mr Jackson Mthembu, Ms Marian Shinn MP, Dr Raymond Louw and Dr. Dario Milo respectively, all played a magnificent role from mid-April to mid-May at JMS.
Running from 27 to 29 June, the conference examines 'Identity, changes and challenges of the profession in the 21st century' - with six JMS academics involved in co-authoring and presenting papers on the role of journalism education in meeting these challenges .
Running for the duration of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, 28th June to the 8th July 2012, the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies research project into citizenship and media (funded by the Mellon Foundation) will host an exhibition, a series of lectures, panel discussions, and films in which citizenship and democracy are explored, opened up and debated by a range of experts in both media and activism.