Some of our courses are available as stand-alone options for which you receive a certificate once the course is completed and passed. This means you do not have to register for a full degree. Subject to certain rules, up to two certificates can be turned into credits for an Honours degree, providing you are accepted for that degree.
Classes take place either once a week in the evenings over 14 weeks, or as full-time courses for 2-3 weeks.
What you need to earn a certificate: Attend the course and fulfill the assessment requirements to receive a Wits University Certificate of Competence. If you are accepted into Honours at a later point, you can apply for up to two of these courses to be credited towards your degree.
When to apply: At least one month before the start of a course.
COURSES ON OFFER
These courses do not run every year, depending on demand and the availability of teachers. Please note that entry to all courses is subject to the agreement of the course coordinator since some courses may require minimum levels of previous experience. Please see the 2013 timetable for course days and times.
Find out more about the Wits Radio Academy's certificate courses.
First Semester (11 Feb - 24 May 2013)
Creative Writing for Journalists
Journalism for Communicators
This course is designed for communicators in government, private or NGO sectors, or anyone who would like to learn the basic skills of journalism. These include news judgment, newswriting, interviewing, research, ethics and some basic skills to promote pro-active, strategic communication. Weekly seminars. Co-ordinator is Ruth Becker.
Block Release courses
This groundbreaking Wits Journalism Development Communication programme questions the chasm between development communicators and the mass media. It investigates new ways for interacting with journalists, as well as utilising conventional communication channels to directly involve target publics in development initiatives. Co-ordinator is Felicity Levine
Online Journalism (tbc)
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
Photojournalism (1-12 July 2013)
Radio Journalism (18-28 June 2013)
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
Reporting on Children (tbc)
TV/Video Journalism (3-14 June 2013)
The course will give students a grounding in television journalism that is applicable to television broadcasting as well as to audio visual journalism on the Internet and mobile media.
Students on the course will learn how to research, develop, plan, shoot and edit television stories. They will gain an understanding of television storytelling and how it differs from other media. They will learn to analyse television news stories and the narrative techniques employed. They will learn basic skills and concepts in shooting and editing television material.
The course is mostly practical with assignments that must be completed against deadlines. Some readings will be given for reading prior to the course.
Second Semester (15 July- 21 October 2013)
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.
This course is for those who want to specialize or any journalist who wants to conquer the language of business and finance. At the end of the course, journalists should understand basic principles/techniques of how to cover the economy with a focus on fiscal and monetary policy, companies, the equities and commodities markets. They should have mastered writing on technical subjects clearly and without jargon. They should have a particular understanding of reporting the Reserve Bank and the National Treasury. They should also have basic skills to cover markets and general business. This course can be followed by our Advanced Financial Journalism course (to be introduced in first semester 2010). Weekly evening classes.
This course will teach advanced contemporary researching and reporting techniques such as computer assisted reporting (CAR), advanced internet research, information mapping, forensic financial reporting and using FOIA. Students will also look at the role, practice and ethics of investigative work. Students will undertake an investigative project under supervision in partnership with the Justice Project. Weekly seminars. View the course outline. Coordinator is Margaret Renn.
Journalism for Communicators B (tbc)