Wits Journalism is a programme for aspirant and working journalists. Located in Johannesburg – at the heart of the country’s media – it is well placed to work closely with the industry and working professionals to ensure a rich and exciting centre of teaching, training, research and public engagement. The department is steeped in a tradition of independent, critical, quality journalism.
Courses are taught by journalists with many years of experience and seniority in the profession including Prof Anton Harber, Prof Franz Kruger, Prof Lesley Cowling, Dinesh Balliah and Kevin Davie. Adjunct lecturers include Ruth Becker, Indra de Lanerolle and Alan Finlay.
A special visiting lecturer programme brings some of the country’s most prominent professionals to interact with students. This has included Tim Modise, John Perlman, Mark Gevisser, Ferial Haffajee, Justice Malala, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Harald Pakendorf, Raymond Louw, Phillip Altbeker, Liz McGregor, Justice Malala, Dario Milo, Phylicia Oppelt and Tim Cohen.
We offer two streams: one for career-entry students, and one for mid-career journalists.
A career-entry route for graduates who want to become journalists: Students will find the course a rich mix of practical and academic training, designed to give them both the skills they need to operate in a newsroom and the analytic and critical knowledge so important to good journalism.We teach media by producing it: our entry-level students, working under professional supervision, are responsible for the weekly campus newspaper Wits Vuvuzela, the multimedia Vuvuzela Online, and news and current affairs for VowFM radio station.
A mid-career route for working journalists who wish to develop their skills and knowledge: Mid-career journalists will find opportunities to upgrade their skills, and branch into new areas. A Masters option with specialisations in financial, investigative journalism, radio, writing, development journalism and media and politics.
The Development Communication programme, pitched at Honours NQF level 8, investigates new ways for interacting with journalists, as well as utilising social media, speeches and publications to directly involve people in development initiatives.
The Radio Academy teaches a wide range of radio skills at Honours, Masters and certificate level. Courses are offered in areas such as radio journalism, production, presentation and management. Students can also combine these courses for an Advanced Certificate in Radio