State of the Newsroom 2019-20: Before/After

The latest State of the Newsroom, 2019-20: Before/After is now available online. This is the sixth report of its kind to be published by Wits Journalism, and chronicles the ups and downs of South Africa’s media industry together with  a few deeper dives into specific...

Invite: State of the Newsroom 2019-2020

The South African news media has had a tough few years. Declining newspaper sales, shrinking newsrooms, a problem with media ethics, and a struggle to sustain new media markets, all featured in 2019. And things have only worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic. This...

Unpacking Babel Unbound: Rage, Reason and Rethinking Public Life

The South African mediated public sphere is noisy, fractious, opinionated, often aggressive and very, very busy. A range of new actors are using social media to set agendas for news consumption as well as for activism. How do journalists navigate spaces in which other...