oa Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Journalism education in South Africa comes of age

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0069



Journalism in South Africa can be traced back to the first half of the last century, but academic training on a tertiary level only came into being in 1960 when Prof. Gert Pienaar initiated the first course in journalism at the Potchefstroom University. Since then tertiary education and training in this field has grown to a position where journalism is offered as an independant subject or as part of communication at the Potchefstroom University, the University of South Africa, the Rand Afrikaans University, the University of the Orange Free State, the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Fort Hare, Rhodes University and the Technicons in Pretoria and Durban. To celebrate the 21 years of the existence of journalism education in South Africa a two-day seminar was organized by the department of Communication at RAU at the RAU Island in the Vaal Dam. Some 50 academics and journalists attended the seminar. The latter included representatives from the daily, Sunday, industrial and church Press, as well as journalists from the SABC.

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