Working journalists in the Honours Mid-Career and Masters programmes are expected to produce research that relates to ongoing issues in journalism and the operations of the media. Through their research, they critically examine what is well-known to them from their years of professional experience, or isolate a particular area for in-depth analysis. Much of the work that they do provides useful information about South Africa and Africa’s media industry, brings a new perspective to debates about the media, or makes a contribution to journalism studies.
Student research is generally undertaken within one of the research projects, although Masters students may choose an individual topic. Honours students work on defined themes in groups.
Masters students research reports or theses are available through the university library, which has an electronic database of all dissertations produced from 2006. The database can be searched by keyword from the university library website, or you can browse theses by subject heading, below.
Critical political economy (including the impact of advertising on news media)
Helen Ueckermann, 2006: The impact of income-generating strategies at newspapers: a study of Geld
Busisiwe Ntuli, 2013. A critical analysis of newsroom processes and attitudes and their implication for the application of the Press Code of Conduct
Susan Stos, 2009: Chequebook journalism: a South African picture
HIV/AIDS and the media
Miriam Mokoena, 2013: How journalists view their role in HIV and AIDS reporting in a new South Africa
Carol Muchendu, 2008: Sourcing of HIV/AIDS treatment news: A case study of selected South African print media
Media and public debate
Online and new media
Lydia-Anne Plaatjies, 2012: SMS’s at the Public Broadcaster to control editorial decision-making
Werner Theron, 2011: The impact of new media on motoring journalism in South Africa
Greg Rule, 2006: Interactivity and democracy in online media, a case study
Wilhelmina Luimes-Sindane, 2008: Women making headlines: influences of women editors on newsroom socialisation and the news agenda
Samantha Keogh, 2006: The Rand Daily Mail and the 1976 Soweto riots: an examination of the tradition of liberal journalism in South Africa as illustrated by the Rand Daily Mail coverage of the Soweto Uprising on June 6, 1976.
Media policy and government
Representation in the media
Sandisiwe Vilakazi, 2012: The representation of kwaito in the Sunday Times between 1994 and 2001
Alison Visser, 2012: Nationbuilding in major sports events: a case of the IPL
Mandla Radebe, 2006: The coverage of industrial action by the Mail & Guardian, 1999-2004
The following research reports are available in print only in the thesis section of the Cullen Library, Wits University:
Shameela Essack, 2002: Watching Big Brother South Africa: an analysis of its popularity (PN 1992.8.R4 ESS)
Catherine Duncan, 2003: The evolution of the photographic message : The Star 1975-1995 (TR 820 DUN)
Louise Bennetts, 2004: Changes in the ownership structure of the South African print media industry during the period 1990-2003 (PN 5477.O9 BEN)
Peter Mataba, 2004: The coverage of the 2003 Iraq war and the reproduction of anti-American sentiments by South African newspapers : case study : the Sunday Times and Mail & Guardian. (PN 4784.W37 MAT)
Mkululi Sikosana, 2003: The role played by the Zimbabwean press in covering political issues in 2002 : a case study of the reporting of the presidential elections by the leading daily newspapers, The Herald and The Daily News (PN 4748.R4 SIK)
Jacqueline Steeneveldt, 2006: Negotiating spaces: the role of media in perceptions of identity among Ethiopian migrants in Johannesburg : a focus on consumption patterns (HV 4013.S7 STE)
Nina Bhaktawar, 2002: Open democracy in South Africa : an analysis of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (2000) in relation to the media and access to public records. (PN 4748.S7 BHA)
Nicola Furniss, 2003: The editorial genre in South African newspapers: a case study of editorials in The Natal Witness. PN 4784.E28 FUR