Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership, Africa’s only university-level media management and leadership institute, invites editors, media managers and senior journalists from media organizations across the African continent to attend an accredited and certificated five-day Essentials of NEXT Newsroom Management short course.

Essentials of NEXT Newsroom Management will run at the SPI on the 29 August– 2 September 2016, 5-10 December 2016

This is a high-level course that targets editors-in-chief, news directors and news editors who supervise journalists and other media professionals in today’s multi-platform newsrooms such as business editors, economics editors, features editors and sports editors in the print, broadcast and converged media. It gives participants conceptual and analytical tools and practical knowledge and skills of managing organizations in an era of permanent and discontinuous change.

Through the use of case studies, role plays and scenario planning and simulations, the course addresses key challenges of leadership and management in media’s increasingly ambiguous and uncertain operating environment and focuses on challenges that face newsroom editors in Africa in particular and in our world.
The following modules are covered:

  • Leadership for Excellence
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Teams and Individuals
  • Managing Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships

Sessions are led by industry and academic experts. We do offer the option of running the course in-house at your organization, which would eliminate the cost of travel and accommodation for participants.

Please note that an in-house course will only take place if there are 16 or more participants attending the course.

The course is primarily intended for editors in chief and senior editorial staff responsible for developing and implementing new media strategies for their respective organizations. However, it will also benefit production staff and journalists who have to think differently about the content they produce and the platforms for which they produce this content.

Our courses emphasize interactive learning and knowledge-sharing, especially learning by doing, and represent a useful platform to network with fellow media managers from across Africa.

For more details on the course, please contact Zusipe at Z.Batyi@ru.ac.za or telephone him on 046-603-8949. You could also visit the SPI’s website at www.ru.ac.za/spi