South African panel addresses Journalism students

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A panel of academics and journalists from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, addressed our second year Journalism students on the differences between the political-legal systems in South Africa and the UK, as part of the Profession of Journalism module. The panel session, which took place over Skype, focused on how political and legal issues impact on the practice of journalism in the two countries.

Anele Mjekule, a reporter for the Grocott’s Mail, the oldest independent newspaper in South Africa, which is owned and operated by Rhodes University, Prof Harry Dugmore,  Director of the Discovery Centre for Health Journalism, Avuyile Mgxitana-Diko, Grocott’s Mail head reporter, and Kayla Roux, Digital Media/Journalism lecturer, engaged with students and staff on issues such as the broadcasting of the Oscar Pistorius case and the media coverage of the Shrien Dewani case.

Our students were then asked to present seminars on case studies that demonstrated the differences between the two systems.

Bianca Wright

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