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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.

‘Journalist bloodbath’: New Beat research to find out what happens to journos and journalism

‘Journalist bloodbath’: New Beat research to find out what happens to journos and journalism

[intro]That the craft of journalism is changing almost daily and traditional media has experienced unprecedented digital disruption is a statement of fact. Researchers are calling for South African journalists to take part in a survey that tracks journalists who have left the newsroom for freelance work, academia, PR and government communications.[/intro] The subsequent rate of attrition of journalists losing their jobs across the globe is staggering. Sub-editors are becoming extinct, and subs...

The role of the news media in reporting on conflict

The role of the news media in reporting on conflict

[intro]What is the role of journalism in media, conflict and peace-building? This was the question raised at a two day workshop at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Windhoek last weekend. However, while the role of the news media in reporting on conflict as well as efforts to ameliorate the same, what came to be the main focus of discussions was the freedom of SADC journalist and impediments to reporting in political and cultural contexts that range from liberal...

The Futures of African Media and Communications Studies

The Futures of African Media and Communications Studies

[intro]Currently, the humanities are undergoing massive shifts, which both influence, and are influenced by, the broader field of media and communications. The media and communications discipline itself is also changing rapidly with it its many cogent as well as sub-disciplines. These include (but are not limited to) journalism, development communication, health communication, public relations, marketing communication and strategic communications, and those to do with film and television...

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