Hundreds of delegates converge on Cape Town for rare global media summit
Date Released : 20/02/2018GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Around 250 delegates from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, South America, North America and the Antarctica will gather in Cape Town in May this year for a rare summit that examines the future sustainability of media organizations and of independent, quality and credible journalism worldwide in the fluid and uncertain twenty-first century and beyond.
Africa joins global strategists to chart future of media and journalism
Date Released : 07/11/2017How should media managers and editors cope with the shifting sands of a profession under siege from all fronts?
Africa joins global strategists to chart future of media and journalism
Date Released : 02/11/2017GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Is there a future for ‘philanthropic journalism’? Are media editors holding up much-needed change in their firms and thus jeopardizing the role and place of what has long been known as the ‘Fourth Estate’?
Govin Reddy: a giant of African journalism
Date Released : 20/10/2017It is with great sadness that Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership has learnt of the death of Govin Reddy, the Institute’s founding director who also served in a variety of senior journalism roles in South Africa and Africa.
SPI focuses on gender agenda at media workshop
Date Released : 03/10/2017The Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership has just completed a three-day gender empowerment and transformation workshop aimed at promoting gender equality and equity at workplaces by training the 2017 class of the Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management).
2018 OSISA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AFRICAN WOMEN MEDIA LEADERS AT RHODES
Date Released : 31/10/2017The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), an African institution committed to the creation of open societies through support for democracy, human rights and good governance, invites applications for 10 postgraduate scholarships
Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management 2018 Applications now open!
Date Released : 06/09/2017Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management, which is popularly known at Rhodes University as the PDMM) is designed to prepare recent graduates and working professionals to fast track their careers to management positions in the media industry.
Rhodes University’s SPI wins landmark media summit for Africa
Date Released : 16/05/2017GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Fifteen years ago, Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in South Africa introduced the study of media management and leadership for newsrooms in Africa and the developing world, making it the first such institution in Africa to teach this relatively new academic discipline.
Selling horses when consumers prefer sports cars: The fundamental product problem of legacy news providers in the digital world
Date Released : 26/06/2017Presentation of Robert G. Picard to the “On digital distribution’s failure to solve newspapers’ existential crisis: Symptoms, causes, consequences and remedies” panel at the International Communication Association annual conference, San Diego, California, May 25-29, 2017
Financial challenges stifle community media in Southern Africa -- UNESCO study
Date Released : 21/04/2017Researcher Meli Ncube GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Community media in Southern Africa faces a continuing financial crisis that is limiting its vital role of empowering the communities it serves as the ‘voice of the voiceless’ in an era of global information abundance, according to a new study released this week.
Singers, actors and a ‘Pinot lover’ in SPI’s 2017 Class of media managers
Date Released : 21/04/2017The 2017 Class of the Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management) at the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership at Rhodes University once again resembles a mini-United Nations of Africa.
Govt. media course brings energetic mix to SPI
Date Released : 09/12/2016By Ettioné Ferreira GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa -- Between 21-25 November 2016 the SPI welcomed a group of energetic government media officials to Grahamstown for the Government Media Course.
PDMM graduate now in Brighton
Date Released : 05/10/2016PDMM Graduate Mantoe Phakathi at Sussex University BRIGHTON, United Kingdom -- Last year at around this time, I didn’t see myself doing anything else other than what I am up to right now. I am pursuing an MSc in Climate Change Development and Policy at the University of Sussex in Brighton in the United Kingdom.
Journalism, Populism and the Future of Democracy
Date Released : 06/02/2017Keynote speech of Robert G. Picard, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford, to the 40th Anniversary Symposium of the Institut für Journalistik, Technische Universität Dortmund, October 28, 2016.
PDMM students praise media management course
Date Released : 11/08/2016By Zusipe Batyi Four current students doing the Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management) at the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership briefly took time off their studies this week to market the course to other students at Rhodes University.
PDMM graduate wins Harvard journalism fellowship.
Date Released : 12/10/2016Chisomo Ngulube From Rhodes to Harvard BOSTON, Massachusetts -- A new piece was fitted into the puzzle that is Chisomo Ngulube's life when she was recently named as a winner of the prestigious 2017 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University in Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts in the United States.
PDMM applications for 2017 now open
Date Released : 24/06/20162017 students’ applications for the Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management at the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership, Rhodes University, now open
Passion for journalism at SPI newspaper management course
Date Released : 06/07/2016GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – The Essentials of Newspaper Management (EONM) course run by the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership at Rhodes University drew participants from several African countries, with many of them saying they had come not only to learn but to share their knowledge and experiences with colleagues.
EOBM course brings broadcast media from far and wide in Africa
Date Released : 06/07/2016The EOBM (Essentials of Broadcast Management) course brought participants from as far as Ethiopia to explore management in broadcast media. The course was held at the Sol Plaatje Institute from 20 to 24 June 2016.
Africa’s emerging media leaders: the Class of 2016
Date Released : 30/03/2016The 2016 Class of the Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management) at the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership at Rhodes University once again resembles a small United Nations of Africa.
Africa’s media management institute launches crowd-funding appeal
Date Released : 11/04/2016GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa -- Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership has launched a crowd-funding appeal to raise scholarships for African postgraduate students who study media management and leadership at the Institute based in South Africa.
Why subscriptions are the future of journalism
Date Released : 17/03/2016Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts / Getty By:Ernst-Jan Pfauth With the rise of adblockers, platform dependency, and Facebook’s and Google’s dominance on the mobile ad market, the need for publishers to invest in the relationship with their readers is more important than ever.
Find bright new ways to connect to readers
Date Released : 21/08/2015Twitter is one of the best known social media services, but it is suffering from its inability to provide sufficient value to consumers, advertisers, and investors.
The critical distinctions among news provision, information provision, and journalism
Date Released : 27/01/2015The explosive growth of digital news and information providers is forcing news organizations to recognize their diminishing significance to users of digital devices, but many remain bewildered about how to respond.
Primedia grooms SA’s ‘disadvantaged’ talent for media
Date Released : 15/08/2015The Primedia Scholarship has succeeded in grooming some of South Africa’s previously disadvantaged students for key jobs in the local media industry, according to its recipients and sponsors.
OSISA opens new career paths for African journalists
Date Released : 07/12/2015The OSISA scholarship administered by the Sol Platjje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership at Rhodes University is designed to provide people who work or aspire to work in the media industry with critical skills and knowledge they need to perform more effectively and strategically in their organizations and to fast-track their careers into management positions.
Nolwazi Mdluli: a woman with ‘brain, boobs and balls’
Date Released : 19/11/2015Meet Nawaal Nolwazi Mdluli, who describes herself as a woman with ‘brain, boobs and balls’! At least this is what she says is needed to succeed in the male-domi- nated South African and African media industry, where she is now a significant player.
Swazi PDMM graduate who ‘intimidated job applicants’
Date Released : 04/11/2015The Postgraduate Diploma in Media management (PDMM) offered by the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership at Rhodes University has enriched the African corporate world with high-ranking managers and intellectuals who have joined the working world and excelled there in many ways.
SPI broadcasting course inspires ex-funeral undertaker
Date Released : 15/10/2015Who would have thought that a funeral undertaker would land in the challenging media landscape and still do well?
SPI graduate shines at Facebook in British capital
Date Released : 11/09/2015Meet Carin Lee, a 2006 graduate of Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership.
Rhodes students get a glimpse of media management
Date Released : 27/08/2015Dozens of Rhodes University students got a glimpse of what is taught and how on the Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management) when they converged at the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership recently.
Introducing the PDMM class of 2015
Date Released : 27/05/2015The Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PDMM) is designed to prepare recent graduates and working professionals to fast track their careers to management positions in the media industry. The intensive fulltime programme aims to equip tomorrow's media leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to lead innovative media organisations as these grapple with the challenges and opportunities presented by new technologies.
Editors must understand advertisers’ interests, say Ugandan media bosses
Date Released : 11/05/2015GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa -- Newspaper managers from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Uganda and South Africa spent a week at Rhodes University recently debating problems confronting the industry in their countries and engaging with expert facilitators about the challenges they face.
Allan Kent gives SPI’s PDMM students a heads-up on digital media trends
Date Released : 04/05/2015GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PDMM) students were given a sneak peek into the media industry’s future when Primedia’s head of digital innovation, Allan Kent, visited Rhodes University recently.
PDMM Class of 2015 Gets Gender Empowered
Date Released : 30/03/2015Media management students at the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership (SPI) spent three days exploring how they can contribute to promoting gender transformation in the media industry during a gender empowerment workshop held at the SPI this month.
New beginnings: coming from a small town to work in a big city
Date Released : 20/10/2014By Lengwadisheng Ramphele At the age of 23, Sithandwa is a graduate of Rhodes University in Grahamstown. She did her undergraduate studies in Journalism and she also holds a postgraduate diploma in media management from the Sol Plaatje institute at Rhodes.
CONSULTANT TO DESIGN AND TEACH GENDER EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP
Date Released : 12/01/2015The Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership at Rhodes University invites applications from suitably qualified consultants to design and teach a three-day workshop on gender empowerment to postgraduate media management students at the SPI in March 2015.
2015 Short Course dates
SPI's graduates take centre stage in shaping African media
Date Released : 27/11/2014Peter du Toit (PdT), the Deputy Director for the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership, has been with the institute since its founding in 2002. He shares some insights on the SPI’s development and where it is going with Katharine Holmes (KH).
Beware off the lcarus Paradox, SPI head tells media
Date Released : 27/11/2014PDMM student Sheryleen Masuku (SM) spoke to Francis Mdlongwa (FM), Director of the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership, on a range of questions regarding the SPI and other issues to mark the Institute’s twelfth anniversary this year. Excerpts from their conversation:
How the PDMM, OSISA scholarship impacted my life
Date Released : 31/10/2014A reflective piece by PDMM graduate Takondwa Jumbe (TJ) of Malawi When I applied for the OSISA (Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa) Scholarship to join the PDMM (Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management) Programme at Rhodes University in South Africa, I was working as a humble programme producer driven by a desire to experience the world, learn new things and, of course, take a break from the daily grind for a few months at the same time.
SPI alumnus appointed radio station head in Botswana
Date Released : 17/03/2014David Moepeng has been appointed the new Station Manager of Yarona FM, a leading private radio station in Botswana. Moepeng started at this urban youth radio station in 2000 as a news reporter and before that he was a journalist for 14 years.
High hopes for Harare: SPI graduate launches a new free sheet in Zim
Date Released : 17/03/2014Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management 2012 alumnus Harry Davies has wasted no time putting the skills and knowledge he gained from the Sol Plaatje Institute’s year-long course to work.
Introducing the SPI scholars
Date Released : 10/03/2014The Sol Plaatje Institute for media leadership introduces the new Primedia and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) scholars for 2014:
SPI course shows new ways of doing communications work
Date Released : 14/08/2014Government communication officers from across South Africa have praised a course they attended at the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership recently.
Government media course a great knowledge-sharing platform
Date Released : 15/10/2014By Vuyokwazi Burwana GRAHAMSTOWN -- Journalists and senior communicators from different municipalities in South Africa spent last week learning the ropes of doing their work in a rapidly changing media landscape, and most said afterwards that the course run by the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership was a great platform for sharing knowledge and tips to improve their work.
Africa joins global strategists to chart future of media and journalism
Date Released : 02/11/2017GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Is there a future for ‘philanthropic journalism’? Are media editors holding up much-needed change in their firms and thus jeopardizing the role and place of what has long been known as the ‘Fourth Estate’? How should media managers and editors cope with the shifting sands of a profession under siege from all fronts?