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Applications for 2017 open from July to 31 October 2016. 

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

The Masters degree is open to:

Journalists who have an Honours degree in journalism (or equivalent) and at least two years’ professional experience; or working journalists with more than five years’ experience, who have a four-year degree in any field.

PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

The Masters can be taken full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). Students must take three courses and produce a research report of about 25 000 words. Students are required to take the core course, Media and Society, as well as two optional courses. The optional courses and the research need to reflect whichever stream or specialisation students have chosen.

BURSARIES AND FUNDING

A number of bursaries have been sponsored by outside sponsors to fund all or part of the Masters degree. For more information on those, click here. The university also offers some funding support to certain categories of students. In South Africa, many media companies provide loans or bursaries to their staff in degree programmes.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIALISATIONS AND TOPIC AREAS

Financial Journalism

Media and Society, Financial Journalism, The Story of Money, Research project on financial or economic topic. If the student has done Financial Journalism courses at the Honours level, he or she can substitute an appropriate option, with permission from the specialisation convener. Financial journalism can only be taken part-time.
Convener: Kevin Davie (kevin.davie@wits.ac.za)

Media and Politics

Media and Society, two courses from the Media and Politics options, or, by arrangement with the convener, an alternative option from the university’s MA courses.
Research report would be on media and public debate, political communication, or journalism and publics.
Convener: Lesley Cowling

Development Communication

Media and Society and Development Communication. By arrangement with the specialisation convener, a third course can be chosen from Journalism or from other postgraduate options. Research report on a development communication topic.
Convener: Alan Finlay (alanf@openresearch.co.za)

This specialisation is currently being revised

From 2014 this course is changing and will run in the first semester of 2015 and not the second semester of 2014. This course will involve reading and discussion on the role of investigative reporting and its history and ethics, as well as contemporary investigative skills using data bases and making freedom of information requests. Students will undertake a short investigation under mentorship as part of their portfolio. Weekly seminars, in the first semester.
Convener: Prof Anton Harber at anton@harber.co.za

Radio

Courses: Media and Society, Radio Studies and a third optional course, from Journalism or other postgraduate options. The third course will be chosen in consultation with the specialisation convener. In addition, a research report in the field of radio will be undertaken.
Convener: Prof Franz Krüger, franz.kruger@wits.ac.za.

For general information on the Wits Radio Academy, the unit which offers this specialisation, click here.

Ethics

Courses: Media and Society, Media Law and Ethics and a third optional course, from Journalism or other postgraduate options. The third course will be chosen in consultation with the specialisation convener. In addition, a research report in the field of ethics will be undertaken.
Convener: Franz Krüger, franz.kruger@wits.ac.za

Writing

Media and Society, Creative Writing for Journalists, and an option from Wits writing or journalism courses.
Research report on an aspect of creative non-fiction, literary journalism, or journalism editing and production. With permission from the convener, the candidate can opt for a journalism writing project.
Convener: Lesley Cowling (lesley.cowling@wits.ac.za)

Online/Digital Journalism

Media and Society, Online Journalism, any third option, in consultation with the convener, from Wits Journalism or other postraduate offering. In addition, a research report in the area of online/digital journalism.

Convener: Dinesh Balliah (dinesh.balliah@wits.ac.za)

COURSES

Seminars are mostly scheduled for weekday evenings to accommodate working students, while some are offered on a block-release basis – generally two weeks of full-time work (see timetable). The classes are made up of working journalists from a wide range of backgrounds and media, which results in a dynamic and exciting environment for discussion and debate.

Click here for a full list of courses

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Masters Degree:

Honours degree in Journalism and Media Studies (or equivalent) with at least 65 percent average, and at least two years experience working as a journalist;
OR
65 percent average in previous Honours degree in any field, and five years experience in journalism. Students may be required to pass an entrance test. Applicants who did not receive 65% or more for their Honours research project may be required to do a research course as a prerequisite.

HOW TO APPLY

For information about the Masters degree, and whether you are eligible or not, please contact us. However, once you have decided you would like to apply for the programme, you need to do that through the university’s official structures. You can apply online here, or you can go to the Enrolment Centre, Senate House, to fill in a hard copy application form.

Along with the form, you should provide a work history or short cv, and a copy of your Honours research project or long essay. A letter of reference is not required – just enter the names and contact details of your referees on the form. Please provide your supporting documents before the deadline for applications closes, as we cannot make a decision without them.

Applicants may be required to write entrance tests or language tests. Places in the programme are limited and late applications will not be considered.

YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE OF THE SPECIALISATIONS OUTLINED ABOVE. Please do this by emailing the MA convener ruthbecker@vodamail.co.za  AND journinfo@wits.ac.za. If you are interested in more than one of the areas, please indicate that in your email.

All applications should reach us by September 30. International students are required to submit a SAQA evaluation of their qualifications. This can take some time to reach us, so please prioritise this process.

For students completing an Honours degree, the applications should also be submitted by September 30, but decisions will only be provisional until your final results become available.

If you have not received a response from us letting you know whether you have been accepted by early December, please check your status by sending an email to journinfo@wits.ac.za

There is no mid-year admission for the Masters programme.

FEES

Fees for the Masters degree (three courses and the research report) are about R25 000. Please check the university website for the latest information. International students pay a special fee. Please click here for information on the special circumstances of being a foreign student at Wits.

For more information about the application process, see Wits’ postgraduate website. For information from the Journalism programme, please contact the programme administrator at journinfo@wits.ac.za or (011) 717-4028.

Registration Details

Registration usually happens in January or early February. You will be sent the information once accepted, or you can check back here next year for registration processes and details.

Please see the maps of Wits if you are unfamiliar with the campus. More information can be found on the Wits website.