BJourn, MA (Rhodes)
Room 229 Africa Media Matrix
Upper Prince Alfred Street
School of Journalism and Media Studies
PO Box 94
1995-2001 Editor, Development News Agency
1994-95 Sub-editor and senior journalist, Systems Publishers
1993-92 Editor/designer, distance learning materials, College of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Oxford, England
1991-92 Community media training officer, East Cape News Agencies
1990 Vice-president, South African Student Press Union
JMS1: Introduction to the media landscape and media ecologies, and Digital Storytelling
JMS3: Writing and Editing
Mentoring of PGDip and JMS4 students
2019-2020 Co-ordinator of the JMS3 Service Learning course (across specialisations) in partnership with Upstart, Awarenet, Lebone Centre, Project Read, Intsomi and Vulindlela.
2017-2020 Chairperson of the Awarenet Board, a local ICT training organisation that runs the Joza Youth Hub Open Lab, which provides internet access, software training, digital learner support materials, study guides, audiobooks, ebooks, etc.
2017-2019 Project co-ordinator for Human Rights Matters, a project which produces radio dramas, radio programmes and community learners dialogues on local human rights issues with Upstart, a citizen journalism programme based at three high schools in Makhanda, along with the Eastern Cape Communication Forum (ECCF).
2017-2018 Chairperson of the Joza Youth Hub, a consortium of five youth development NPOs operating out of a community centre in Joza.
2008-2019 A long-standing committee member of the civic organisation Friends of the Library, which provides support to seven libraries in the Makana District.
2017-2018 A founding member of the first Friends of the Library committee at the Community Library in Currie Street, the first to be established in a township library in the Eastern Cape.
2012-2019 Secretary of the Board of the Eastern Cape Communication Forum (ECCF), which provides in-house training and support for several independent community newspapers and radio stations in the province.
2013 Received Rhodes University Merit Award for community engagement work.
2018-2020 Education editor Grocott's Mail
2015-2020 Board member Grocott's Mail
2011-2020 Ombud for Activate (official student newspaper, Rhodes University)
External examiner for Wits, UCT, UWC, Midrand University
Reviewer for African Journalism Studies and Communicatio
Critical pedagogy of place
Journalisms: Public/Civic journalism, Constructive/Solutions Journalism, Engaged Journalism, Citizen Journalism
2016-2018 Co-design and management of primary research for Makana Media and Mobile Survey (650 surveys).
2016 Katherine W Fanning Fellowship in journalism and democracy at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, USA: July-December.
2015-2017 Pedagogy of Place programme (funded by the NRF)
2018 Amner, R and Garman, A. “Journalists as democratic communication professionals.” Media Development. Vol LXV 2. WACC: Toronto, Canada.
2018 Amner, R and Mpofu, N. “Doing things that make you feel valuable: Students’ experiences with a critical pedagogy of place in the journalism curriculum at a South African University.” Journal of Education Studies. Vol. 16, No. 1. University of Venda.
2019 “Hope for Makhanda”, Financial Mail.