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, Phylicia Oppelt and Tim Cohen.
Wits Journalism offers:
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.
Mid-career journalists will find opportunities to upgrade their skills, and branch into new areas.
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.
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.
We hold a number of annual conferences and workshops of interest to working professionals. These include Power Reporting – the African Investigative Journalism Conference; FinWrite, a financial journalists’ gathering, and Radio Days, which draws radio experts from across the continent and globe.
Through partnerships with Media 24, Reuters, Primedia, Independent News and Media and others, there are a range of scholarships and internships available to students.
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.