Every lecturer at Rhodes’ School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) subscribes to the vision statement. But everyone also has his or her individual interpretation.
No matter – the diversity is something to value. Yet it can cause difficulties when a discussion takes place with different folk meaning different things – but using the same words.
How to integrate different knowledges in the teaching of journalism has bedevilled decades of curriculum development. So, no surprise that integration is an issue currently consuming discussions around the programme for fourth year Journalism and Media Studies students at Rhodes.
Teachers on the course agree that journalism is not pure operational technique (of course no technique exists outside of ideology, history, ethics, representation, etc). Knowing “how to” is indeed a necessary element of doing journalism as a practice, but it is certainly not sufficient.
We've sweated into our 11th year of Highway Africa - and I've often asked: what's it all mean? What's HA signify?
We began with a once-off conference, and the thing just grew into the multi-faceted unique project that it is. With a life of its own. It's pulled us along, as much as we've pushed it as well. And our actions have been intuitive to a large extent.