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Masters of 2015

Date Released: Wed, 11 March 2015 10:50 +0200

by Ettione Ferreira

It is time for us to introduce our new Masters students for this year! We have 15 brand new students who are doing different MA degrees with us.  Here are some of them:‌

“My name is Yandisa Sobahle and I was born in a small town called Mount Frere in the former Transkei. I grew up mostly in KwaZulu Natal. I studied at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University towards a Bachelor of Arts and later moved to the University of KwaZulu-Natal where I finished the degree majoring in media and English. I also completed a certificate in journalism at City Varsity and later received a BA (hons) at the University of Pretoria. I will be doing the practice-led MA course in journalism with Rhodes JMS for the next two years. My research interests revolve around media and society.”



“My name is Annemarie Henson and I am originally from Stellenbosch. I graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2012 with a BA degree in psychology and visual studies. I came to Rhodes University last year to pursue my passion for writing and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies. My amazing lecturers inspired me to continue with my studies in media studies. My research interests include semiology and representation.”



 “I am Tope Adebola. I’m from Lagos, Nigeria. I majored in English Language and Linguistics and Journalism and Media Studies. I'm interested in the representation of women of colour in film and television.”






“I am Eze Ogemdi Uchenna from Enugu, South Eastern part of Nigeria. I hold a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I have worked as a health journalist with PharmaTimes Nigeria Limited before coming to Rhodes University for a masters in journalism and media studies. I have a huge interest in preventive medicine and so I’m always involved with health stories that make for health living. My research interests are in new media and health journalism. I want to see how the two fields can be used in the delivery of health stories to overcome the barriers of literacy and access to mainstream media across class divides especially in the rural areas.”‌‌



“My name is Francis Kapiri from the City of Blantyre in Malawi. I work for the University of Malawi as an assistant broadcast media trainer. My research interest is the interconnection between journalism and human behaviour. I worked as a producer, presenter and journalist for the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) before joining the University of Malawi. I look forward to deepening my academic media knowledge here at Rhodes.”





“I'm Olutobi Akingbade from Nigeria and I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Linguistics and Communication Studies from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. I look forward to having an eventful time studying for my MA at Rhodes. I'm interested in the convergence of language and Journalism/Communication as it pertains to key societal issues.”




“My name is Hannah McDonald and I’m from Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, but I have lived in Grahamstown for the past four years. I completed my Bachelor of Journalism specialising in communication design in 2014 and I am in my first year of a practice-based masters. I am exploring ways in which graphic and interactive design can be used to communicate about issues and stigma surrounding mental health.”




“My name is Tatenda Chatikobo, I'm from Harare Zimbabwe.I have a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Information Systems and Organisational Psychology major) from Rhodes University awarded in 2013. I did my Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management through the Rhodes University's Sol Plaatje institute for Media Leadership in 2014. With digital technology on the rise I'm interested in analysing how media technologies have impacted financial news information consumption in less developed communities of Southern Africa.”



“I’m Luke Willits. I am doing my first year of masters after doing my honours last year at Rhodes too. I hope to do more on audience research and am still fleshing out my thesis topic.”






“My name is Inutu Mushambatwa and I’m from Zambia. I have a degree in mass communication from the University of Zambia. I am interested in the following areas of research: emerging new media, media and development and communication and development.”





“My name is Elri Steenkamp. I am originally from Bloemfontein in the Free State, where I matriculated at Eunice High School. I majored in drama and journalism at Rhodes and then did my honours in Journalism and Media Studies.  I am the media co-ordinator of Galela Amanzi which is a student-run community engagement society aided at promoting water conservation. My work with Galela has inspired my interest in environmental journalism. I am also very interested in film studies and research involving digital media.”











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