BA Honours in Journalism and Media Studies (Mid-career: for working journalists)
This degree is for working journalists who have a first degree behind them or who have been working in the field for at least three years. If you are a graduate with little or no media experience, please see the Career-Entry Honours section. If you are a journalist who already has an equivalent of our Mid-Career Honours, see our Masters programme.
You need to:
• Be a journalist with at least three years’ work experience in journalism
• Have a previous degree, in any field
• Have a journalism degree and at least a year’s experience as a journalist
• Pass an entrance test if you do not have a previous degree
Mid-career Honours can be taken on a full-time (one-year) or part-time (two-year) basis. Students do a total of five courses which must include two core (compulsory) courses, Journalism Studies A and Journalism Research. The balance of the five courses can be chosen from the other courses we offer click here for link to list of course.
Lectures are generally scheduled for weekday evenings to accommodate working students, though some of the optional courses are done in full-time blocks of 10-15 days. The classes are made up of students from a wide range of educational backgrounds as well as working journalists, which results in a dynamic and exciting environment for discussion and debate.
Students require a 65 percent average in the final year of their undergraduate degree or 60 percent in previous Honours courses and must have a minimum of three years’ working experience. Alternatively, those without a prior degree need to demonstrate significant journalistic experience through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) ) process, which includes a test, and evidence of journalism experience through a portfolio, cv, or references
Students may be required to write entrance tests. Students who do not have a first degree must submit a short work history with their applications and write the Special Admissions test. If they pass, they will be permitted to take one course. If they attain 65 percent for that course, they will be admitted to the Honours programme.
For general financial assistance, including university merit awards and loans, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
International students: Please pick up an International Students handbook from the Graduate School Reception or the International Office.
When to apply (for study in 2017): before 30 September 2016. All international students must apply by 31 August 2016.
Complete a Wits Online Application.
If you’re doing your course over two years, you need to register at the beginning of the second year of study as well.
What you need to graduate:
• Two compulsory courses (Journ Studies A and Journ Research)
• Three other courses from the options on offer (see below for those options).
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 011 717 4028.
CORE (COMPULSORY) COURSES
- Journalism Studies A (First Semester) An intensive look at issues in South African journalism and the role of the media, involving readings in the political economy and history of the media.
- Journalism Research (Second Semester) In this course, we will form research groups around specific topics and each student will do a research project.
Please note that not all these courses are taught every year, depending on student demand and teacher availability. Please check what is available from year to year. In order to plan your year of study check our timetable.
FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES:
Address your inquiries to the programme administrator at email@example.com, or call 011 717 4028. To register, fill out the certificate course online application form or download one to fax to 011 717 4081.