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BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies (Mid-career: for working journalists)
This degree is for working journalists who have a first degree behind them or who have been working in the field for at least three years. If you are a graduate with little or no media experience, please see the Career-Entry Honours section. If you are a journalist who already has an equivalent of our Mid-Career Honours, see our Masters programme.
You need to:
• Be a journalist with at least three years’ work experience in journalism
• Have a previous degree
• Pass an entrance test if you do not have a previous degree
Mid-career Honours can be taken on a full-time (one-year) or part-time (two-year) basis. Students do a total of five courses which must include two core (compulsory) courses, Journalism Studies A and Journalism Research. The balance of the five courses can be chosen from the other courses we offer (see below).
Lectures are generally scheduled for weekday evenings to accommodate working students, though some of the optional courses (indicated below) are done in full-time blocks of 10-15 days. The classes are made up of students from a wide range of educational backgrounds as well as working journalists, which results in a dynamic and exciting environment for discussion and debate.
Students require a 65 percent average in the final year of their undergraduate degree or 60 percent in previous Honours courses and must have a minimum of three years' working experience. Alternatively, those without a prior degree need to demonstrate significant journalistic experience through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) test.
Students may be required to write entrance tests. Students who do not have a first degree must submit a short work history with their applications and write the Special Admissions test. If they pass, they will be permitted to take one course. If they attain 65 percent for that course, they will be admitted to the Honours programme.
For general financial assistance, including university merit awards and loans, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
When to apply: 30 September 2013. All international students to apply by 31 August 2013. Complete an online application form to study at Wits.
Entrance test: Friday, 15 November 2013
If you’re doing your course over two years, you need to register at the beginning of the second year of study as well.
What you need to graduate:
• Two compulsory courses (Journ Studies A and Journ Research)
• Three other courses from the options on offer (see below for those options).
CORE (COMPULSORY) COURSES
Please note that not all these courses are taught every year, depending on student demand and teacher availability. Please check what is available from year to year. In order to plan your year of study check our timetable.
This course deals with high-level skills needed by senior print media sub-editors. It ties in well with the Newspaper Design course in mid-year. Weekly seminars.
Creative Writing for Journalists
Journalism for Communicators
This course gives a grounding in design work for newspapers and magazines. It involves typography, basic design principles, history of media design and practical design projects. It is a block release course.
This course will introduce students to the concepts and practice of online journalism. The course will be taught half as a lecture/seminar and half as a practical lab course. In the lecture component, students will examine the origins of online journalism and its current trends, what online journalists are expected to do and the particular issues they face, how to use the online space for research, verification and time management. The course will look at how people understand information on the Web and how stories should be structured for the best readability. It will examine the phenomenon of participatory journalism and the increasingly important question of who calls themselves a journalist. It will also look at some of the ethical issues facing journalism in the digital era. Furthermore, social media challenges and opportunities for journalists are explored. Students will also learn how the web works and gain experience in creating their own pages. Students will explore both the practice and theory of online journalism by building an online portfolio. The course runs full-time over two weeks. The course co-ordinator is Dinesh Balliah
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This course offers a practical introduction to the skills needed in radio journalism, covering everything from fast-paced bulletin work to the richness and depth of longer packages – the features of the airwaves. The course includes live broadcasting experience on campus. Full-time over two weeks, followed by requirements for further practical work in students' own time. Course co-ordinator is Franz Kruger
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