South Africans have two self-righteous bodies with major divergences in their mutual perceptions. Put in simplified form, you can say:
• SA’s journalists see themselves as watchdogs on power on behalf of the public.
• The ANC and government see the press as a bunch of hyenas.
• Politicians have a proclivity to be demons, according the watchdogs.
• Our leaders are angels, according the ANC.
Quick - what are the top most important topics for journalism education to be teaching today?
If you're South African, you might want to say - in the light of recent belligerent comments from those in power - it is this: "How to make a case for media freedom and self-regulation." You wouldn't be wrong.
South Africa's communications regulatory body, Icasa, hasn't had a good press for quite a while. Not that there's a journalistic vendetta against the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. But you can't expect good news from an institution where recently replaced chair, Paris Mashile, admitted to parliament: "We fell off our horse".
Peter Laufer plays radio-host in a fun-workshop that tapped the views of Iraqi journalism teachers.
Imagine journalism classes in temperatures of 45 degrees celsius. That’s the experience of in Baghdad where power failures cripple classroom fans.
In March this year, the campus radio station at the University of Baghdad stopped broadcasting because a sand-storm demolished the transmission tower.
These, though, are the least of the problems.