The Jozi City Project (Cont.)

It is a place where money and dreams flourish or fail. It started on a piece of "left over" land and today the heart of Johannesburg still pulsates with a noisy mix of buildings, cash and culture.

The CBD began on a piece of land called the Randjeslaagte triangle, between surrounding farms, Braamfontein, Doornfontein and Turffontein. It grew out of the gold that lay beneath its surface and created rich men and paupers. It made dreams come true and crushed hopes.

More than a century later, wealth is still surrounded by poverty in Egoli, this place of gold. And one man’s junk easily becomes another’s bread — whether through art work, hijacked buildings or recycling. Yet through all of its ages and stages, the city continues to prove doomsayers wrong, constantly re-inventing itself with each decade.

Wits Journalism students explored the CBD, its people, its buildings, its wealth and its poverty in all its diversity and flux, and produced this website. All the journalists involved are BA Honours students at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Wits Journalism

Wits Journalism is a programme for aspirant and working journalists. Located in Johannesburg – at the heart of the country’s media – it is well placed to work closely with the industry and working professionals to ensure a rich and exciting centre of teaching, training, research and public engagement.

The programme offers two streams: a career-entry route for graduates who want to become journalists; and a mid-career route for working journalists who wish to develop their skills and knowledge. In addition there is a Masters option with specialisations in financial and investigative journalism.

Students will find the course a rich mix of practical and academic training, designed to give them both the skills they need to operate in a newsroom and the analytic and critical knowledge so important to good journalism. Students will find themselves involved in real, live, practical journalism, ”out-of-the-classroom” learning in a range of traditional and new media.

Mid-career journalists will find opportunities to upgrade their skills, and branch into new areas.

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