ISSUE #50

Biko & BC: An Emptiness Left Behind


No area of the black experience was left untouched

Selby Henry Msimang


1886 - 1982
A foot soldier of the SANCC

Language: The great debate


UFS students have their say

South Africa: Approaching a Moment of Reckoning


Address by Professor Adam Habib at the Awards Ceremony
Seventh Annual Ubuntu Lecture and Dialogue Awards Ceremony

Turquoise Harmony Institute Awards 2015


The Journalist Publisher honoured with Media Award

Mephaso for Marikana workers


The more I tell the story, the more free I become

Dear Readers of The Journalist

You may have noticed that we have not updated The Journalist with new articles in January and February 2020. This is because we have been reflecting, on our work and planning for a new cycle.

When we started in 2014, we defined the mission of The Journalist as “to give history and context to key issues facing journalists in South Africa.

But the context of Journalism has changed quite dramatically in our county, and throughout Africa, over the last 6 years. It has been a period in which inequality has grown, the unresolved issues of apartheid keep coming back to haunt us and media diversity has not been achieved. And while our promise to give background to stories making news; acknowledge our pioneers; give voice to stories that don’t make the mainstream media and to help trainee journalists, remains, much has happened over the last years to make us reflect on how to maintain this vision today.

The idea is to arm ourselves to emerge anew from March 2020.

Across the world there has been a crisis and decline in print media – both mainstream and alternative. In many cases we have witnessed a suppression by governments and media owners of a diversity of views, particularly those seeking social justice. We have also learnt that the eruption of social media, while potentially a weapon of a new democratic information age, also exhibits the threat of domination by Big Social Media, increased state surveillance, the locking of people into closed networks and the interference of dark forces in news content.

Web platforms across the world have faced the challenges of resource constraints and relevance, and have had to respond accordingly – from keeping public access open, to erecting pay firewalls and experimenting with new funding models.

In this context, a few questions have to be asked. What is Journalism? Who are the news makers, gatherers, commentators and analysts? Where are the voices outside of the bubble of elite and a Western-focussed mainstream?

This discussion is likely to be ongoing and we would like to draw in a broader family of readers and journalists into this conversation. It is a reflection that we need to have, and we feel excited about where this will take us.

In the meantime, we have a range of new and current voices live live from the end of March, and thereafter monthly.

ISSUE #50

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