Our block release courses provide an opportunity for working journalists to expand their skills into online, video, audio or photography … and a few other things:

Block release courses offered June/July:

  • Television and Video journalism
    • 13 – 24 June 2016: This practical course offers print, online and radio journalists key tools to conceive and produce video journalism for broadcast or online.
  • Radio Journalism
    • 13 – 24 June 2016: The course will introduce participants to the techniques of reporting for this rich and fast-paced medium in a range of formats.
  • Online Journalism
    • 27 June – 8 July 2016: Aimed at anyone wanting to expand their existing journalism skills and knowledge to digital and social platforms. Learn a rich range of new storytools!
  • Photojournalism
    • 30 May – 10 June 2016: Engage with the theory and practical aspects of camera, lightroom and the main genres of photojournalism.
  • Introduction to Financial Journalism
    • 30 May – 10 June 2016: The basics of financial journalism, or writing finance for non-financial journalists.


11 July – 17 October 2016: Semester Courses (Weekly Seminars)

  • Financial Journalism
    • For those who want to specialise or any journalist who wants to conquer the language of business and finance.
  • Feature Writing
    • A fun opportunity to write longer form. Flexible areas of interest include arts and culture, travel, health, science and environment. Discuss and practice good writing with colleagues and experienced writers.
  • Creative writing for Journalists
    • This is a writing workshop that shows you how to combine the techniques of fiction with the rigour of journalistic reporting. It explores various genres of non-fiction, including reportage, the personal essay, travel writing, humour, the interview and the profile

All block release courses require at least two year’s journalism experience and run full-time for 2-weeks. Each certificate course costs R6 000.

Classes combine practical and theoretical work and are all led by experienced professionals.

For details, see www.journalism.co.za or call Judi at 011-7174028 or journinfo@wits.ac.za

Deadline for applications: 30 May 2016.

Development Communication Programme:

  • CERTIFICATE A – 24 June – 26 August 2016 (Three one week full-time courses)
  • CERTIFICATE B – 15 August – 21 October 2016 (Three one week full-time courses)

This programme targets communicators from all sectors. It questions the chasm between development communicators and the mass media, investigating new ways for interacting with journalists, as well as utilising social media, speeches and publications to directly involve people in development initiatives 

Each certificate costs R15, 000

Contact: linda.sowden@wits.ac.za