BA Hons in Journalism and Media Studies (Career-entry)
You need to be a graduate in any field, wanting to become a journalist, with an average of at least 65% in your final year. If you already have more than three years' working experience in journalism, then please refer to the Mid-Career Honours.
We encourage applicants whose first degrees are in a range of areas, including the humanities, arts, science and law.
Only 20 students per year are accepted in the Career-Entry Honours on the basis of their academic record, writing skills and commitment to the profession of journalism. Students who have worked in any media (such as campus or community outlets) will be favoured. Prospective students must take a writing test and sit an interview.
This is a one-year, full-time degree and is not available part-time. Students are required to be available to work in the mid-year study break and to complete their In-Depth Reporting Project during November.
This degree consists of five courses that provide a thorough grounding in the practical print and online skills necessary for a journalist, as well as the theory, knowledge and command of journalism issues needed to operate effectively in the profession.
Students will be involved in producing regular media, which ensures they get the hands-on practical experience which will enable them to operate effectively in newsrooms when they graduate. They will be involved in a weekly campus newspaper, an online newspaper, radio programming for campus broadcast, television news production and/or social media.
All our teaching is done by experienced professionals and the curriculum includes regular workshops and seminars with leading journalists and professionals from the media industry.
Students do four compulsory courses and choose a fifth in television, radio or online.
FEES, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
Through partnerships with Media24, Reuters, Independent Newspapers and The Citizen, we offer up to six scholarships and internship opportunities to facilitate students' entry into the workplace. Students are invited to apply during the acceptance process.
Read more about Media24's bursaries and graduate training programme.
When to apply: Before August 31, 2012. Complete an online application form to study at Wits.
15 and 16 November – 08h30 - 15h00
If you haven’t been notified of the outcome by 12 November, please contact the department.
When to register: Friday, 18 January 2013 at 08h00-16h00 - Exams Hall, 2nd floor, Central Block. Please see the maps of Wits if you are unfamiliar with the campus. More information can be found on the Wits website.
• Complete four compulsory courses – Journ Practice A and B, Journ Studies A and Journ Research (which includes an In-Depth Reporting Project through November).
• Complete one mid-year course. For your mid-year course you may choose from Television Journ, Radio Journ, or Photojourn (see descriptions of these courses below). Mid-year courses run fulltime for two to three weeks during the June-July break.
MID-YEAR COURSES FOR CAREER-ENTRY STUDENTS
Photojournalism This course targets mid-career journalists who want to learn the technique and language of photography. The course will combine hands-on workshops, reading and discussions. Alongside practical work, students will learn how to engage in the issue of representation and its significance in photojournalism. Guest photographers will present their work and share their experiences with the students. Students will learn not only how to take newsworthy pictures but also how to read and analyze images. Weekly seminars and some full-day practical workshops.