ISSUE #105

Abantu Book Festival: The future is female


Black women media pioneers take their place at the book festival

Man of Letters and a Champion of Books


Tribute to Flaxman Qoopane (July 23, 1955 - November 22, 2017)

Steyn Statue at UFS falls in 2018


African communication academics gather in Ghana


Foundation for continent wide media and academic platform

HHP death puts customary marriages under spotlight


Here comes the handing over of the bride

Saleem Badat: on black professors, deracialisation and transformation


Bold programmes to facilitate development of black academics are long overdue

Research on African Digital Cultures: are children’s voices missing?


The young generation must not be left behind

Journalism tops list of “most dangerous” professions in the world


Women might be more at risk of threats to their safety

Book Extract: Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation


A first-hand account of the #FeesMustFall movement

Book Extract: Turning And Turning


How many bullets will it take to kill us all


A poem for Steve Biko, Imam Haron and Farouk Asvat

Black man you are not on your own


We need to talk about depression – it’s not a white disease

Investigative journalism in a dystopian present


Collaboration rather than competition is the lifeblood of the craft

The miseducation of “Y”: Why the Gender Summit is critical


The time is now for an inclusive dialogue

Abantu Book Festival: Tales of the hunt from the lion’s perspective


The Journalist and ACTIVATE! will stream the action

Crime on the rise in Free State’s Matjhabeng Municipality


Years of negligence must be undone to solve the crime problem in the region

Trump, Democrats prepare for trench warfare after 2018 Mid-term election


President will now have a check on his dictatorial tendencies

African community media’s survival depends on going digital


Platforms are at the coalface of change

Dear Readers:Once Again…

The Journalist has been off-line for the past four months because we were hacked. At the beginning of March 2020 we promised new material after we went into a period of reflection meant to be about reviewing the state of journalism, our content, our funding model and our targeted audience.

The review was interrupted by the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown and, along with everyone else in the country, we had to be more creative about how to have our discussions. But the hacking of the site was of such an order that it not only froze the site but threatened to destroy all our existing and past material. Rebuilding the site and making it secure from future attacks has had to be our focus over the past period.

We apologise to you, our readers, and to young journalists for this extended delay. We especially apologise to those who submitted articles over the past 4 months. Where possible and relevant we will consider these for publication now that we are back live.

We are now live once more ….ready to pursue our mission to give “history and context to key issues facing journalists in South Africa.”

The Covid 19 pandemic has been the biggest public health crisis in the world since the Spanish flu of 1918. It has brought disease and death to many of our families and communities, and to healthcare workers and journalists, Including our own Lungile Tom and many others. Lungile Tom, an eNCA cameraman, is the only journalist to have died of the virus in our country so far. And, unless a vaccine is found and made freely available to all (meaning not closed off by patents and commercial barriers), Covid 19 may be with us for an unknown extended period of time.

But Covid 19 has also shone a light on all the issues facing humanity today – climate injustice, the vast inequalities, the abandonment of the poor majority by most governments, the parlous state of public healthcare and the social determinants of health, the growing authoritarianism and racism in many countries – from the USA to Brazil – and the collapse of countries in Africa and the Middle East by imperialist aggression.

Independent journalism continues to suffer through corporate strategies like shutting print media, downsizing and outsourcing functions, and putting up paywalls for online media. And by governments attacking independent and critical voices who do not play to mainstream and elite concerns.

The Journalist has become aware that the large majority of media professionals have had to take substantial pay-cuts during this pandemic. This is not an easy time for them and their families.

The Journalist, now that we are back, will continue to be counted in the effort to challenge narratives that limit deeper understandings of the national and international condition.

ISSUE #105

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