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Student Work

The He(art) of Being Ghettofabulous

A series that follows the journey of Anima McBrown, who through each episode seeks to immerse herself and explore how Kwaito has played a pivotal role in asserting black humanity and all things Kasi!

by :Thingo Mthombeni (TV)

Masks of men

This is a comic book project that investigates whether it is possible to represent marginalised masculinities in a more positive way than is done in current main stream comic books. The project consists of a pilot/prototype chapter of a comic in a series. The main story would span multiple comics to fully explore the experiences of the protagonists, but due to time pressures this prototype is what I produced....

by : Brendon Reyneke (Design)

Stars Belong in Space

The project takes the form of an English-medium South African children's book, and chronicles the life of Naledi, who is raised by her grandmother (Nkgono) on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Naledi has a fascination with stars and space, and dreams of becoming an astronaut. Despite having to overcome various obstacles, Naledi realises this dream....

 by : Ellen Heydenrych (Design)


Dear Friend

Writing a letter is a unique kind of intimacy. It takes care, time and thought. ‘dear friend’ is a film that draws from the contemplative patience of letter writing to share the story, of many women, rarely told.

Production by Tumelo Thamaga and Sinalo Thuku


For the love of coffee…

Sisa Mapetu, or Sisa the Barista as the people of Makhanda know him, is the charismatic owner of Barista Sisa. His wonderful energy, charm and delicious coffee have people pouring into his aroma-filled coffee shop on a daily basis.

 By : Megan Pretorius



2021 Scholarships

  • 2021 SARB CEJ Scholarship 

The South African Reserve Bank Centre for Economic Journalism has opened the application process for students interested in obtaining the prestigious South African Reserve Bank Scholarships in Economics Journalism.

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Students have the option of applying for either:

 What is the difference between the fourth-year degrees we offer?

BJourn 4: This is the final year of the Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes and it is the natural next step for many third year students. You need to have done your undergrad in JMS at Rhodes (with good marks!) in order to be accepted. BJourn 4 offers a nice mix of theory and practice, with the possibility of choosing between different specialisations.

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There are postgraduate degrees and diplomas offered to students who have completed a first degree. These include:


What do I need to apply?

You need a:

  • Certified copy of both your degree certificate and full transcript from your previous or current university in your submission
  • Letter of motivation (600-800 words)
  • Up to date resume (or CV) with at least two referees and their current addresses;
  • Sample of writing (academic/essay type); and
  • Completed application form which can be found on the undergraduate gateway (BJourn and BA) or postgraduate gateway (Honours, PGDips, MA, PhD) 

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