The Media and Citizenship
by Kerry Peter The Media and Citizenship: Between marginalisation and participation, one of four Mellon funded research and postgraduate education focus areas recently launched by the Faculty of Humanities at Rhodes University, will critically examine the ways in which the South African media realise their potential to contribute to the (re)construction and (re)negotiation of citizenship. The project seeks to establish to what extent media facilitate democratic participation, or may contribute to further marginalisation of citizens.
JMS alumnus helps Pyeonchang win Olympic bid
The cinematic vision of a South African filmmaker (and JMS alumnus) helped a South Korean city scoop the hosting rights to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Caroline Rowland, a Welkom-born producer, made the documentary showcasing Pyeongchang that got it the nod ahead of Annecy in France and Munich in Germany. Rowland, 43, works out of the UK and was in Durban this week for the International Olympic Committee’s announcement. And it's not her first success on the big stage. Her productions have helped three other cities win hosting rights to major events.
FJPs report at the National Arts Festival
Highway Africa's, Future Journalists Programme (FJP) recently hosted the second event on its calendar, the Winter School: Experiential Learning at the National Arts Festival, from 30 June - 10 July 2011. 20 FJP students from different institutions around South Africa once again converged on Grahamstown for an interactive writing workshop. The aim of this workshop was to teach FJPs (as the students are known) the nuances of writing, whilst giving them the opportunity to practise their newly acquired skills. What better place and time to have done this than during the National Arts Festival?
Don't fall for BRICS hype, warns visiting speaker
Chris Giles, economics editor of the Financial Times (FT), poured cold water on the idea that South Africa belongs in the BRIC club made up of Brazil, Russia, India and China – despite having accepted the opportunity to join this loose grouping. He was speaking recently at a talk on the BRICS group, at The School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) as part of the Pearson sponsored Master Class for journalists.
New Telkom/Highway Africa building opens on campus
by Thomas Maree Rhodes University's contribution to journalism in Africa took another step into the future on Friday as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela officially opened the new Telkom/Highway Africa building. "We are honoured and privileged that Telkom is able to support us in the manner that they do," said Mabizela at the opening ceremony. This will be the 15th year that the Highway Africa conference has hosted Africa’s largest annual gathering of journalists, academics and media experts from all over the world.
JMS alumnus wins African journalism award
JMS alumnus Lindile Mpanza was one of the winners at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalists Awards, held in Johannesburg recently. She won best television feature for her piece entitled, 'Silence of the Innocents' which tells the story of young girls who are abducted, raped and forced into marriage in the Lusikisiki area of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. "I'm very excited because it's a great achievement for me to have won such a prestigious award at the age of 25. I fee
Happy Birthday Cue
Cue newspaper celebrates its 25th birthday in 2011. For 25 years, Cue has been giving you all the news, views and reviews needed to navigate your way around the National Arts Festival. Over the years, hundreds of JMS alumni have worked on this project. We recently asked them what 'Cue' memories they could share with us. This is what they said: "Trying to print proofs after Elan Lohmann sent a strip of cooking foil through the printer." (Derek Abdinor)
Walking a tightrope
Gavin Stewart, founding editor of Cue, remembers its inception and looks at where the newspaper finds itself 25 years on. Not everyone loved Cue from the start or forever afterwards. But the Festival daily was fated to be a best seller from day two. We had to get only two things right: persuading the country's top reviewers (and editors) that Cue should print their reviews before their own newspapers, and producing a paper nine nights in a row in time for breakfast. Standard Bank had offered to sponsor a daily newspaper if Rhodes' Department of Journalism and Media Studies could produce it. Don Pinnock borrowed a Desk Top Publishing (DTP) system (then th
JMS alumni keep winning streak alive
For the third consecutive year, JMS alumni have emerged victorious in the student category at the Siemens Profile Awards, which rewards excellence in science and technology journalism in Africa. Alumni Nontobeko Sibisi and Kyla Herrmannsen won the category, for their documentary entitled 'The FIFA 2010 Stadium in PE - Who really wins?', which looked at stadia built for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup an