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The New Media Lab was started in 1995 to educate journalists to use, develop and interrogate new media information and communication technologies as platforms for professional journalism and tools for public communication. NML offers learners insight into the latest technology and technology strategy, preparing them with the intellectual skills to work in this environment in a manner that is critically reflective. Students in the New Media Lab are empowered with the foundations to become knowledge producers in a modern newsroom environment.

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Future journos blog on MyDigital Life

Fourth-year journalism students from Rhodes University's New Media Lab are drumming up experience in blog writing and managing social media, and earning some money while doing so.The New Media Lab has partnered with My Digital Life (www.mydl.co.za), an online social media and blogging hub owned by business technology media company ITWeb.

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ITWeb/NML scholarships grow own timber

Three journalism students at Rhodes University are the winners of the 2011 ITWeb Journalism Scholarship.
ITWeb continues its investment in fresh talent that combines excellent journalism skills with clear understanding of new media trends.

Masetshaba Mpete, Gregory Peake and Mallory Perrett - third-year journalism students at the Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies - are the winners of the ITWeb Journalism Bursary for 2011.

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Tweeting in a time of radical change

Educators need to refresh Journalism, Media and Communication Studies curricula to help make sense of a radically changing mediascape. This was the message to delegates from UNESCO's Centres of Journalism Excellence and Reference who attended a programme titled Capacitating COE's for Real-Time Journalism and Media Studies just ahead of the second World Journalism Educators' Congress.

New Media Lab lecturer, Jude Mathurine shared lessons from Rhodes' School of Journalism and Media Studies' own change to a converged curriculum. He called on delegates to consider three key ideas:

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UNESCO and NML strengthen journalism education in Africa

A partnership between UNESCO and the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies will put the spotlight on strengthening African journalism education in September 2009.

The joint activities planned over a week-long period are:
- A special training programme to empower African journalism teachers in using New Media, to be run by Rhodes expert lecturer Jude Mathurine.
- The participants will also join a research colloquium as part of the African preparations for the World Journalism Education Congress set down for Rhodes University in July 2010.

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Lab learns from German connections

New Media Lab lecturer, Jude Mathurine is back from a lightning trip to Stuttgart, Germany where he presented a paper to the Africa Forum for Development.

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Snapchat not just for sexting

 Young social media users have learnt the inevitable truth- that what you put on social media stays there. That is why, when Snapchat was launched at the end of 2012, it became the perfect tool for 18 to 25 year olds to share photos or videos with their friends and not have it haunt their lives forever.

 

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Gaza's Cyber Conflict

Tweets and Facebook posts about the current assault on Gaza are not going to stop deaths or missiles. However, they might still be useful.
 
Slacktivism accomplishes nothing. But, there is a difference between blithely liking a cause and regularly bringing awareness to an issue, as well as using digital tools to show solidarity.
 
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The positive effects of gaming

The perception of a gamer is that of awkward, antisocial loser that spends all day locked in a stuffy room surrounded by junk food. This specimen doesn’t have any inclination to do anything apart from keeping his eyes fixated on a glowing screen while his hands tap away frantically. The creature only ever leaves his arse-embossed chair to expel fizzy drinks, and they only ever see the place known as outside on the day new hardware embellishments hit the shops.

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You Wouldn't Download A Car

We have all done it at least once. Being a pirate. The scum of the figurative Internet Sea. Illegally downloading a crisp 1080p movie. In truth I have contracted scurvy from the amout of those I have. Thinking about it, it’s a lot easier to be a pirate nowadays than it was circa 1650.
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Learning from Obama, the commander in tweet

President Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign made history. Yes, he was the first black president of the United States of America, but he was also the first presidential candidate to effectively incorporate social media into his campaign strategy.
 
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