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Questioning convergence

Larry Strelitz recently spoke to Reg Rumney, Head of the Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa at Rhodes University, about current trends in media convergence. They explored what is meant by the term ‘convergence’ as well as the underlying cultural, technological and economic drivers of the process. Rumney provided examples of the process in practice and also raised concerns that the need to train future journalists in the varied technologies of production may be diverting attention away from the importance of actual content.

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Teaching new media: what's really important for Journalism education?

Does 'New Media' and new technology change journalism? And does new media and, as many people prefer to call it 'digital media' change how we teach journalism? And do we have to teach the technology separately, or can we find integrated ways to do educate our students.

Lynette Steenveld is a Professor of Media Studies at Rhodes JMS, and is concerned about the learning gap - how much time does it take to learn new technology (and to teach it) and do we learn and teach it sequentially or in some kind of more integrated fashion.

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Teaching Citizen Journalism - An Interview with Khaya Thonjeni, Coordinator, Schools Outreach Project

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Great things are happening in citizen journalism education in a small town in the Eastern Cape thanks to Khaya Thonjeni. Khaya runs the Rhodes University JMS Schools Outreach Project funded by the Knight Foundation. We spoke to Khaya about this project and what it seeks to achieve.

Khaya, briefly explain what the project is about?

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Students telling stories in a digital age

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Jeanne du Toit lectures in Radio at the Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies. Her colleagues, Guy Berger and Sim Kyazze, quiz her about some of her ideas with regards to the future of radio in a digital age…

Guy: So, for you, digital connotes a global environment, and articulates with the identity of your students. Can you tell us more?

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A Good Story That Matters

By Gillian, Rod and Peter

Successful journalism is about one thing. Which means that successful journalism education is about one thing: a good story that matters.
If the story reaches the hearts and minds of its receivers, its medium becomes a secondary consideration.

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