A special visiting lecturer programme brings some of the country’s most prominent professionals to interact with students. This has included Tim Modise, John Perlman, Mark Gevisser, Ferial Haffajee, Justice Malala, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Harald Pakendorf, Raymond Louw, Phillip Altbeker, Liz McGregor, Justice Malala, Dario Milo, Phylicia Oppelt and Tim Cohen.
- A career-entry route for graduates who want to become journalists: Students will find the course a rich mix of practical and academic training, designed to give them both the skills they need to operate in a newsroom and the analytic and critical knowledge so important to good journalism.We teach media by producing it: our entry-level students, working under professional supervision, are responsible for the weekly campus newspaper Wits Vuvuzela, the multimedia Vuvuzela Online, and news and current affairs for VowFM radio station.
- A mid-career route for working journalists who wish to develop their skills and knowledge: Mid-career journalists will find opportunities to upgrade their skills, and branch into new areas.
- A Masters option with specialisations in financial, investigative journalism, radio, writing, development journalism and media and politics
- A number of certificate courses in areas such as media law and ethics and online journalism, as well as specializations such as financial and investigative journalism.
- The Development Communication programme, pitched at Honours NQF level 8, investigates new ways for interacting with journalists, as well as utilising social media, speeches and publications to directly involve people in development initiatives.
- The Radio Academy teaches a wide range of radio skills at Honours, Masters and certificate level. Courses are offered in areas such as radio journalism, production, presentation and management. Students can also combine these courses for an Advanced Certificate in Radio.
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
We hold a number of annual conferences and workshops of interest to working professionals. These include Power Reporting – the African Investigative Journalism Conference and Radio Days Africa, which draws radio experts from across the continent and globe.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS
Through partnerships with Media 24, Reuters, Primedia, Independent News and Media and others, there are a range of scholarships and internships available to students.
PROJECTS, AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Wits Journalism also includes a number of projects, awards and fellowships that have a substantial impact on the South African media industry. These include Africa’s most prestigious investigative journalism fellowship and awards, Taco Kuiper, the Ruth First fellowship, the HIV/Aids and the Media Project, Wits China-Africa Reporting Project and the Wits Justice Project.