Wits Journalism is pleased to invite you to the launch of State of the Newsroom 2018: Structured/unstructured. 

This latest report will feature insights on the following topics:

The crisis at the SABC – will retrenchments help?

What happens to journalists when they lose their jobs?

Journalist safety and trauma: how vulnerable are South African journalists?

Nuance vs sensationalism: what is the public interest duty of the media?


and commentary pieces:

Are newsrooms doing less investigative work?

What the Press Council says journalists are getting wrong



Industry indicators & trends

** a new media freedoms watchlist **

and a review of key developments in the newsroom in 2018.


The launch will include a panel debate: Journalism is dead. Long Live Journalism

Over the last year we have seen continuing staff reductions in major newsrooms and a decline in original reporting. We have also seen the launch of two digital only titles and a new 24 hour tv news channel. But new sustainable business models for journalism in digital media remain elusive. There are so many exciting possibilities but so little evidence of a bright future. So where should we be looking for the new paths that could lead to a healthy future for journalism and journalists? What could and what should a new media look like?

Where: Wits Club
When: Wednesday June 19th 2019
Time: 10am-12pm

Click here to RSVP. For enquiries, please send an email to editor@journalism.co.za or call 011 717 4028.