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When we train journalists we give them the tools to understand this ‘axis of human striving’ and to understand their role in the creation of an ‘ethical society’.

Each month The Journalist will feature Mini Master Classes and articles in The Craft section. These online tutorials and opinion pieces are based on the experiences of renowned Journalists.

If you have ideas for topics you would like to see in The Craft section or need help with an area of Journalism, let us know. The Journalist has a team whose combined experiences cover digital media, print, broadcast and filmmaking. But ultimately we are seasoned Storytellers who would like to ensure that the next generation of media men and women do the South African story justice. Anything less is a human rights violation.

Power and loss in journalism in SA

Power and loss in journalism in SA

“Sadly, some units of investigative journalism appear to have become involved in political factions, which enabled the loss of credibility for journalism as a whole.”

A tender-hearted combatant of love

A tender-hearted combatant of love

Zubeida told me she was working on an important story and I knew from that moment that I wanted to carry that amount of dedication and commitment to journalism and to shaping the conversations needed in order to transform society.

Community radio stations fight to stay on air

Community radio stations fight to stay on air

Tashreeq Truebody [intro]Icasa needs to be stopped from interdicting radio stations. We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that government does well on its promises made to the community media sector.[/intro] South Africa’s communications regulatory body is on a drive to close down several community radio stations. It claims to be driven by efforts to ensure compliance in the sector and the affected stations are guilty of operating without the required licenses. From the onset, it should...

Deepfake apps: Society’s new enemy

Deepfake apps: Society’s new enemy

[intro]Is cyber-misogyny the new frontier for the embarrassment and humiliation of the disenfranchised?[/intro] Have you ever thought about the possibility of appearing in pornographic films? Or posing as an online model for Internet users to undress you? What about receiving a video clip or photo on your social media profile and realising that the person in the clip is you? Perhaps you should. It’s more than possible. The reality of ‘deepfakes’ infiltrating every facet of your life has...

PODCAST: Beware the small screen

PODCAST: Beware the small screen

[intro]According to the Global Digital Yearbook of 2019, South Africans spent an average of eight hours a day connected online. That is the same amount of time we spend on a nine-to-five job. On average, we are awake for 16 hours a day and we choose to be glued to our screens for half of the time we are awake. Why is that? Digital media analysts from around the world help us delve into the consequences of our digital media habits.[/intro]...

Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across Africa

Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across Africa

[intro]One of the least enviable tasks of journalists in the US must be reporting on how the public trusts their work less and less. A 2018 study found that only about four in ten Americans had at least a “fair” amount of trust in the media. Also, in a June 2019 survey, a full third of respondents agreed with President Donald Trump that the news media are “the enemy of the people.”[/intro] The US isn’t unique in this respect. A study last year by the Reuters Institute and Oxford University...

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