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Crisis communications inspires Rhodes course attendees

Date Released : 06/08/2019

MAKHANDA, South Africa – Government communicators have commended the media management short course run by the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership that explores and analyses various media tools, especially crisis communications management, which can assist them to produce effective communications strategies for their organizations.

South African grassroots media grapples with innovation

Date Released : 03/07/2019

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Editors, journalists and managers of South African community media houses recently spent a week debating and seeking solutions to challenges confronting the industry at a time of heightened innovation in the sector.
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South African grassroots media grapples with innovation

By Mbalenhle Buthelezi

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Editors, journalists and managers of South African community media houses recently spent a week debating and seeking solutions to challenges confronting the industry at a time of heightened innovation in the sector.

The participants were attending a five-day “Essentials of Print Media Management” course that is offered by the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership at Rhodes University. The accredited course was organised in collaboration with the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) and it  took place in Johannesburg from 10-14 June 2019.

The course was for print media managers who are looking for an opportunity to improve their businesses by getting the latest practical and research-based knowledge and understandings that contextualize, explain and analyze the rapidly changing print media sector and how this sector could embrace new ways of doing work and survive increasing market turbulence.

Among the subjects dealt with on the course were leadership and management of print media firms, advertising and marketing, managing editorial departments and news content, managing circulation and distribution, the importance of editorial independence and media ethics for media’s sustainability, and managing the budget. These modules were taught by both industry experts and academics, blending both practical knowledge and experience with the latest research on media trends.

Participants stated that they found all the modules to be engaging and highly relevant to their different situations. One participant described how the course provided him with tips on “how to take our publication forward with practicality”.

Lerato Sekgobela, Editor of Discover Limpompo magazine, commented: “The course is going to improve the way we run our operations and reposition our magazine.”

For Annetta Mangxaba, Operations and Administration Manager at Dizindaba Media, all aspects of the short course we useful. However, she said one of the most useful take-aways from the course was how to implement new and better distribution methods in a rapidly transforming print media sector.

The AIP is a South African organisation that advances the interests of local grassroots media in the country. It comprises newspapers, magazines, newsletters and online publications which are all owned by local communities.

The SPI runs a basket of other accredited professional media management and media business courses (please visit www.ru.ac.za/spi/) and offers the only formal postgraduate qualification in media management in Africa and the developing world.

It has graduated more than 500 of these top-level postgraduates since 2004, when this qualification was established. Most of these media management postgraduates today occupy senior positions in the media in Africa and internationally.

The SPI has also trained more than 5,000 media workers from across Africa on its accredited and certificated short courses since the Institute’s launch in 2002.

For more information about the SPI’s short courses, please contact the Institute’s Course Co-ordinator, Mbali Buthelezi, at m.buthelezi@ru.ac.za, or call her on 046 603 8949.

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Rhodes JMS mourns the death of alumnus and digital pioneer Matthew Buckland

Date Released : 23/04/2019

The School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) at Rhodes University extends its deep condolences to the family of Matthew Buckland who passed away on Monday 23nd April. Matthew graduated from Rhodes University in 1996, with a rare triple major in Journalism and Media Studies, History and Philosophy. He was always proud of his association with the University, where both his father, Professor Andrew Buckland and mother, Janet Buckland, have worked for many years.

Diverse and unique, the class of 2019!

Date Released : 15/03/2019

The 2019 Class of the Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management) – as in previous years – is a multinational and diverse group comprising recent university graduates and working journalists drawn from several African countries. The one-year, intensive full-time programme, popularly known as the PDMM at Rhodes University, is offered by the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership. It is an equivalent to an honours degree and is the only formal qualification in media management in Africa and the developing world.

A diverse and energetic group learns about effective digital tools

Date Released : 19/03/2019

A seasoned mix of journalists, communicators, marketers and researchers have praised a course they attended at the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership, saying it has capacitated them with the necessary digital skills and tools to excel in their jobs.

Rhodes staff complete highly specialised writing course

Date Released : 25/01/2019

Rhodes staff members of the Alumni and Development Unit of the Communications and Advancement Division completed a writing course offered by the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership.

2019 OSISA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AFRICAN WOMEN MEDIA LEADERS

Date Released : 31/10/2018

The 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 eight postgraduate scholarships from Southern African women media leaders who wish to study media management at Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in 2019.

Rhodes attracts diverse crop of aspirant media leaders

Date Released : 22/05/2018

Rhodes attracts diverse crop of aspirant media leaders The students named below are studying the intensive, one-year, fulltime Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management (PGDip in Media Management, which is popularly known as the PDMM) at Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership in 2018. The PDMM, which is equivalent to an honours degree, is the only formal qualification in media management in Africa and the developing world.

Warning to media: build personalized ties, news content with declining audiences

Date Released : 17/05/2018

By Francis Mdlongwa GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Financially troubled mainstream media and their journalists need to work harder to build strong personalized relationships with their audiences whom they must also serve personalized news content or kiss their centuries-old business goodbye.

Address by Francis Mdlongwa, Director of Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership

Date Released : 07/05/2018

Address by Francis Mdlongwa, Director of Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership, at the official opening of the 13th summit of the World Media Economics and Management Conference in Cape Town on 7 May 2018.

Warning to media: build personalised ties or say goodbye

Date Released : 18/05/2018

Financially-troubled mainstream media and their journalists need to work harder to build strong personalised relationships with their audiences or kiss their centuries-old businesses goodbye.

Warning to media: build personalized ties, news content with declining audiences

Date Released : 17/05/2018

By Francis Mdlongwa GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Financially troubled mainstream media and their journalists need to work harder to build strong personalized relationships with their audiences whom they must also serve personalized news content or kiss their centuries-old business goodbye.

Journalism under threat: Where to now

Date Released : 08/05/2018

There is no denying that the introduction of the internet and social media has been a great disruptor of journalism.

Media control of tech giants scrutinised

Date Released : 08/05/2018

The 2018 World Media Economic and Management Conference has kicked off in Cape Town, where the world’s leading scholars of media business and media management have gathered to discuss issues affecting the media industry.

World Media Economics and Management Conference statement: World leaders in South Africa for historic media summit

Date Released : 30/04/2018

Press statement issued by organizers of World Media Economics and Management Conference: Monday, 30 April 2018 World leaders in South Africa for historic media summit GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – World leaders and researchers of media management and media business meet in South Africa for a four-day summit starting on Sunday to take a critical look at threats and opportunities for a sustainable African and global media industry and to map out the ingredients for a robustly independent, credible and relevant journalism in a world sapped by ‘news noise’ and information.

World Media Economics and Management Conference statement: World leaders in South Africa for historic media summit

Date Released : 30/04/2018

Press statement issued by organizers of World Media Economics and Management Conference: Monday, 30 April 2018 World leaders in South Africa for historic media summit GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – World leaders and researchers of media management and media business meet in South Africa for a four-day summit starting on Sunday to take a critical look at threats and opportunities for a sustainable African and global media industry and to map out the ingredients for a robustly independent, credible and relevant journalism in a world sapped by ‘news noise’ and information.

World leaders in South Africa gather for historic media summit

Date Released : 02/05/2018

World leaders and researchers of media management and media business will meet at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town for a four-day summit this month.

Hundreds of delegates converge on Cape Town for rare global media summit

Date Released : 20/02/2018

GRAHAMSTOWN, 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.

SPI focuses on gender agenda at media workshop

Date Released : 03/10/2017

The 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).

Africa joins global strategists to chart future of media and journalism

Date Released : 02/11/2017

GRAHAMSTOWN, 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’?

2018 OSISA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AFRICAN WOMEN MEDIA LEADERS AT RHODES

Date Released : 31/10/2017

The 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

Govin Reddy: a giant of African journalism

Date Released : 20/10/2017

It 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.

Africa joins global strategists to chart future of media and journalism

Date Released : 07/11/2017

How 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 : 02/11/2017

GRAHAMSTOWN, 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?

Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management 2018 Applications now open!

Date Released : 06/09/2017

Postgraduate 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 : 16/05/2017

GRAHAMSTOWN, 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 : 26/06/2017

Presentation 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 : 21/04/2017

Researcher 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 : 21/04/2017

The 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 : 09/12/2016

By 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 : 05/10/2016

PDMM 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 : 06/02/2017

Keynote 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 : 11/08/2016

By 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 : 12/10/2016

Chisomo 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 : 24/06/2016

2017 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 : 06/07/2016

GRAHAMSTOWN, 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 : 06/07/2016

The 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 : 30/03/2016

The 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 : 11/04/2016

GRAHAMSTOWN, 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 : 17/03/2016

Photo 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 : 21/08/2015

Twitter 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 : 27/01/2015

The 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 : 15/08/2015

The 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 : 07/12/2015

The 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 : 19/11/2015

Meet 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 : 04/11/2015

The 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 : 15/10/2015

Who 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 : 11/09/2015

Meet 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 : 27/08/2015

Dozens 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 : 27/05/2015

The 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 : 11/05/2015

GRAHAMSTOWN, 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 : 04/05/2015

GRAHAMSTOWN, 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 : 30/03/2015

Media 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 : 20/10/2014

By 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 : 12/01/2015

The 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

Date Released : 11/11/2014

The following short courses will take place in 2015:

SPI's graduates take centre stage in shaping African media

Date Released : 27/11/2014

Peter 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 : 27/11/2014

PDMM 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 : 31/10/2014

A 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 : 17/03/2014

David 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 : 17/03/2014

Postgraduate 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 : 10/03/2014

The 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 : 14/08/2014

Government 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 : 15/10/2014

By 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.