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.
Journalism lecturers at Rhodes University are finding ways to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter in their teaching.
Radio lecturer Danika Marquis said students use social to research trends in popular culture, and to advertise their work, including personal bogs and radio journalism or podcasts.
"It is a good way of attracting traffic to student work," Marquis said.
“Media, poverty and social justice” was a theme adopted by the School of Journalism and Media Studies back in 2008. It informed some of our teaching, manifested in some of our student media productions. It also stimulated some staff research.
He’s gotten up the nose of Bhisho for several years, by highlighting cases where the Eastern Cape administration has been callous, corrupt and/or incompetent.
Through this, Colm Allan, the director of the Centre for Social Accountability, has become infamous for his work in the Public Service Accountability Monitor at Rhodes University. Its work in tracking problems in service delivery has positioned him as a trouble-maker in the eyes of many politicians and bureaucrats.
“Rand steady as dollar nosedives.” “Rand softer on global caution.” “Rand firmer on risk appetite.”