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Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Volume 25, Issue 1, 2006
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Volume 25, Issue 1, 2006
Author Gideon De WetSource: Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa 25, pp II –III (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... Welcome to the first edition of Communicare 2006. It is a memorable occasion for a number of reasons. From this year Communicare is being published under the sole auspices of the Department of Communication at the University of Johannesburg as a South African Department of Education (DoE) accredited scientific journal. It is also Communicare's 25th year of scholarly engagement with the communication discipline. It is indeed an achievement of note and a tradition that serves as an excellent vantage point from which to proceed. We look forward to publishing a journal that has not only a new contemporary look, ..
Source: Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa 25 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... CALL FOR PAPERS Communicare awaits articles for its second edition of 2006, Volume 25(2) to be published in December 2006. Articles should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief by 18 August 2006. Guidelines for the submission of articles 1. Contributions must be submitted in English. 2. All articles (average length of 6 000 words) are to be submitted both computer disk or via email to email@example.com: ? The material should be prepared in Microsoft Office Word. ? Text should be in Times New Roman, 12pt and justified. ? 1.5 cm line spacing should be used throughout the article. ? Margins ..
Access to information and communication : estimating the determinants of Internet usage in South Africa : research articleSource: Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa 25, pp 1 –22 (2006)More Less
This paper attempts to estimate the determinants of Internet usage in South Africa in a theoretically plausible model. The three-step Engle Yoo estimation technique is applied. The results indicate that the number of Internet users is dependent on access to personal computers as well as real wages and salaries. An error correction model is estimated and shocks are applied to the long run variables. The shocks indicate that an increase in wages and salaries is necessary, but not sufficient, for an increase in Internet access. The South African government has implemented numerous policies to address the disparities that exist in the country concerning access to information and communication. Policies such as personal income tax relief and skills development play an integral part in addressing limited access to the Internet, although these policies sometimes contradict the perceived objective.
Exploring practitioner constraints in advancing to more senior corporate communication roles : research articleSource: Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa 25, pp 23 –58 (2006)More Less
The primary objective of this phenomenological exploratory study was to explore the constraints experienced by selected corporate communication practitioners in the South African banking industry in advancing to more senior corporate communication roles. <br>The literature review indicated various individual, organisational and communication profession constraints experienced by practitioners. In the empirical study, additional constraints, such as organisational politics, the length of time spent in the organisation, the practitioner's lack of networking and relationship building skills, the lack of overseas experience, and the lack of the standardisation of communication practitioner deliverables, were identified.
Tackles and sidesteps : normative maintenance and paradigm repair in mainstream reactions to South African tabloid journalism : research articleAuthor H. WassermanSource: Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa 25, pp 59 –80 (2006)More Less
Since the introduction of the first tabloid to the South African market in 2001, and seemingly increasing with each subsequent entrant into this burgeoning market, debates about their role, the reasons for their success, their potential, and their ethics (or the lack thereof) have been raging in the popular press. This debate seems to suggest, among other things, that the questions raised by the introduction of tabloids are of primary concern to producers and consumers of the media itself - in other words, that tabloids need to be dealt with within the domain of the popular press itself. In this paper I argue that while these debates are seemingly set on evaluating the tabloid media, they also reveal - and perhaps even more so - the dominant normative assumptions and professional ideologies in the mainstream media. In debating and rejecting the journalistic excesses of the tabloids, these debates served as a form of paradigm repair to restore the image of an occupation in trouble. The question to be investigated by looking at these debates is whether the widespread criticism of tabloids should be seen as part of journalistic ritual, namely the routine application of ethical guidelines and the performance of professional standards, or whether these debates went deeper to provide a structural critique of the South African media.
Author D. Van VuurenSource: Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa 25, pp 81 –102 (2006)More Less
The consumption of media - especially radio and television - by children has been a topic of research for decades now. Although extensive research has been published on the effects of the media, also in South Africa, very few (if any) publications address the issue of when and what children are viewing in South Africa, and if something should be done about this behaviour. In this article, specific examples of the viewing patterns of children between the ages of 7 and 15 are presented in the context of unacceptable material to which they are exposed. The different roles of parents, broadcasters and legislators are discussed, against the backdrop of recent literature, in an attempt to suggest a way forward.
Source: Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa 25, pp 103 –124 (2006)More Less
With the inception of new technologies and the Internet, media users can consult a variety of diverse sources for their daily news. The latest innovations to have an impact on the traditional news landscape are weblogs, commonly referred to as blogs. Blogs have become a significant new way to publish information and engage in conversation about social and political issues. This paper explores the role of the political blog, www.commentary.co.za, as a news medium as perceived by selected Johannesburg bloggers. Through qualitative research, the respondents concurred that while a news blog will probably never replace traditional media, it can be used effectively to promote the exchange of information and offer new perspectives on issues. In addition to this, they believe that blogs can be a form of participatory journalism and complement journalism.
Author L.M. FourieSource: Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa 25, pp 125 –131 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... The Last Word Political posters: communicators or decorations? LM Fourie The last word: Political posters: communicators or decorations? Political posters are often described as the decorations of elections. However, on how effective or successful political posters really are in harvesting votes, the last word has not been spoken. Although no party has probably ever won or lost an election because of its posters, the power of posters should not be underestimated. Posters are generally more effective in raising awareness than actually persuading voters to vote for a specific party. Political posters contribute mainly to image building, the reinforcement of party ..
Source: Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa 25, pp 132 –137 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... Research Forum Volume 25 (1) July 2006 In order to facilitate this journal's contribution to being a meeting place for academic debate in the broad field of Communication Studies, this section publishes information on completed master's dissertations and doctoral theses. MASTER'S DISSERTATIONS BOTMA, G.J. 2005. Sinergie as politiek-ekonomiese strategie in die balansering van idealisme en markgerigtheid by Die Burger Wes-Kaap, 2004-2005 Degree: MPhil (Journalism) Supervisor/Promoter: Dr H.J. Wasserman University of Stellenbosch The leading South African media groups are subject to many challenges to their political economic interests as part of the international capitalist profit economy. These challenges coincide with ..