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Social Organising of African Journalism Educators
Guy Berger, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

For reasons related to this constituency, networking African journalism educators is a complex challenge. However, insights into the possibilities can be analysed in terms of the theory of social capital. In this light, clues as to what works and what does not can be obtained from assessing various historical experiences in Africa, and the more-recent UNESCO-initiated processes around Potential Centres of Excellence and Reference. This analysis then helps to discern how online social networking of African journalism educators, in the build-up to the World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC) in July 2010, could maximise strengths and overcome limitations. This is the context for strategising an online discussion by the constituency, around a model syllabus for Reporting Africa that would be launched at the WJEC event.