Convenor: Margaret Renn, Taco Kuiper Visiting Fellow in Investigative Journalism
Investigative Journalism (B) An MA and Certificate course
This is a research-based course. Each student will undertake a piece of
journalism research. At the end of the course the research will be written up as
The research will be centered on issues in South Africa’s mining industry.
Course supervisor: Laurie Flynn, Taco Kuiper Visiting Fellow in Investigative
Dates and class times: Classes will be on Thursdays, from 4-6pm, starting on 1
September 2011. Classes will be held in Wits Journalism Department. Attendance
at all classes is compulsory.
i. Defining the areas of research
ii. Lay out the proposed methods of investigation using all or any
of the following: print and broadcast archive, data analysis, freedom of
information requests, interviews, people searches, company searches, plus how to
use maps, graphics and data visualisation to present research. These first two
stages will be covered in the first two classes.
iii. Investigate the story using all or any of the above, working
with supervision, meeting to discuss progress, preparing at least one class presentation.
iv. A written research report –all research must be completed by end
October. Deadline for the report is mid-November