The state of TV journalism was the focus of a thought-provoking webinar recently presented by the Media Department.
The panellists were eTV journalist Natalie Malgas, acting cameraman for the SABC’s George bureau, Sphiwe Hobasi and multi award-winning investigative journalist, documentary producer, visual art critic, writer on contemporary culture and author, Hazel Friedman.
Journalism lecturer Sisanda Nkoala said the webinar formed part of a series that will deal with different sectors of media including film, photography and communication and media broadly. “Journalism is the most topical at the moment, hence it was a starting point. The changes that are happening locally in terms of how newsrooms function and how news is understood, make exploring journalism particularly relevant,” she said.
Prof Nirvana Bechan, Head of the Media Department, said it is important to track where the professions currently are and to keep interest going in students apart from their academic studies during the unprecedented times of Covid-19.
Bechan said the next webinar, scheduled for next month, would focus on the future of motion picture and cinemas in particular.