An Alumni re-union was held at WITS University at the WITS Club, East Campus on Monday 20 January 2014, to bring together all graduates who had completed any of the WITS Journalism courses in previous years. The objective of this event was to provide all previous graduates to catch up with the Journalism department and fellow graduates.
The event took the form of a cocktail evening with two well-renowned, international speakers, Raju Narisetti who is the Deputy Head of Strategy for News Corp (formerly Editor of the Washington Post) and David Boardman, who recently retired as Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of the Seattle Times to become Dean of the School of Media at Temple University, Philadelphia, delivering addresses on the future trends in news production and consumption.
Their presentations delivered research on the news consumption habits of young, urban South Africans and they also spoke about the state and future of the newsroom locally and globally.
WITS Journalism intends on hosting an annual Alumni Reunion event.
As a graduate of our programme, we would like to keep in touch with you and invite you this and other events, workshops and seminars that we hold regularly.
In 2013 we have had the Ruth First Memorial Lecture, delivered by Minister Trevor Manuel, the Jo’burg Radio Days conference,and our financial journalists workshop FinWrite. The line-up for our Power Reporting: African Investigative Journalists’ Conference held on October 28-30 was particularly exciting.
Speakers so far include :
- David Barstow of the New York Times, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of Walmart
- Alex Kotlowitz, multiple award-winning journalist and author of the brilliant There are No Children Here
- Idris Akinbajo, on covering corruption in Nigeria
And at the same time, our Second Annual Carlos Cardosa Memorial Lecture was delivered by Gwen Ansell of Namibia.
The Wits Journalism Alumni Fund
On the evening of the Alumni Reunion 2014, we also launched the WITS Journalism Alumni Funf.
This fund will benefit future and aspirant journalists who do not have the means to study at Wits. This money will be used for bursaries and other forms of support for Journalism students and enable us to recruit students from a wide range of backgrounds. It is an investment in the future of journalism.
- Bursaries for students in need
- Other forms of support for such students, such as technology and books
A minimum of two full bursaries a year. If 50 alumni give us R100 a month each, we will be able to support two students per year.
Should you be interested to make a donation or contribution to this fund, please visit http://www.witsfoundation.co.za/journalfund.asp.