Short Courses & Certificates Second Semester

 

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Second Semester (16 July – 30 October 2018) 

Creative Writing for Journalists

This course is a writing workshop that shows you how to combine the techniques of fiction with the rigour of journalistic reporting to produce feature stories for the media. Various genres of non-fiction, including reportage, the personal essay, travel writing, humour, the interview and the profile, are examined, and fictional and literary devices that can be used to create excellent stories are identified. Participants are engaged in continual writing, feedback and discussion on work in progress. Many of our writers have gone on to publish in quality publications. Entry to the course is limited to working journalists, writers and freelancers, and a portfolio of work and a short CV must be submitted with your application. Co-ordinator is Lesley Cowling, ljc@icon.co.za.

This course is available for masters and honours, as well as for certificates.

The Story of Money

This course has two aims: to improve the understanding of how economies work and to upgrade the writing skills of participants through examining great authors on the subject. Numerous authors, some dating back hundreds of years, who have written about complex economics in clear and understandable terms, are studied as case studies of exemplary writing. Coursework will focus on a research and story component, students being required to show they are able to cover complex economic subjects in a clear, accessible manner. The co-ordinator is Kevin Davie, kevin.davie@wits.ac.za.

This course is available for masters and honours, as well as for certificates.

Text Editing

This course deals with high-level skills needed by people working with text in a number of formats.  Co-ordinator: Ruth Becker, ruth.becker@wits.ac.za.

This course is available for masters and honours, as well as for certificates.

Media Management

The Media Management course is an introduction to management with a special focus on increasing the representation of women in senior leadership (although it is not only for women students) The course introduces students to basic management principles, marketing and promotion, financial management, human resource management, strategic planning and governance. The theoretical principles are presented in the context of print and online media. The course will be delivered through two modules. Students will be expected to attend lectures for both modules, complete a work-based assignment and write an exam. Course co-ordinator is Paula Fray, ptlhale@frayintermedia.com or call: 011 888 0140.

This course is available for masters and honours, as well as for certificates.

*Please note that Media Management will be held as follows:
Wednesday 15th October – Wednesday 24th October 2018

The cost of the course is R10, 000.00

Feature Writing

This course is for journalists or communicators in the government, private or NGO sectors, who either have extensive writing experience or have completed our Journalism for Communicators course with at least 65%. It deals with more advanced writing skills, such as feature writing, narrative skills, writing columns and opinion. The co-ordinator is Ruth Becker. (ruthbecker@vodamail.co.za)

This course is available for masters and honours, as well as for certificates.


FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES:

Address your inquiries to the programme administrator at journinfo@wits.ac.za, or call 011 717 4028. To register, download and fill out the application form.