Celebrating our graduates

After two years of online graduation ceremonies, the Department of Journalism was able to properly celebrate the successes of its 2021 graduates in person.

The graduation celebration on Wednesday 6 April in the Adam Small Theatre Complex foyer was attended by 2021 honours and Master’s graduates and their loved ones.

The Department welcomed renowned journalist Phathiswa Magopeni as guest speaker. Magopeni told graduates that regardless of the path they will choose after graduation, “as media practitioners you function to inspire thinking, influence views about how the world works, and inform decisions of the citizens, business and government”. She urged them to “guard your intellectual independence and your freedom of thought and expression fiercely, because that is all you have in your control as a journalist”. 

Renowned journalist Phathiswa Magopeni, guest speaker, reminded graduates to fiercely guard their independence.

The best performing students from the BAHons Journalism class of 2021 were announced on the evening. The following prizes were awarded:

  • The Yunus Mohamed Prize for the Best Student in Photojournalism (sponsored by Media24) awarded to Sibulela Bolarinwa
  • The Media Innovation Prize for the Best Student in Media-Entrepreneurship awarded to Anri Matthee
  • The George Claassen | Christina Scott Prize for the Best Student in Science Journalism awarded to Anri Matthee
  • The Piet Cillié Prize for Exceptional Writing and Clarity of Expression (sponsored by Media24) awarded to Tamsin Metelerkamp
  • The Ton Vosloo Award for Leadership (sponsored by Media24) awarded to Alexander Brand
  • The Golden Pen award for the Best In-depth Project awarded to Tamsin MetelerkampThe Daily Maverick Prize for the Best Student from the BAHons Journalism class of 2021 awarded to Anri Matthee
  • The Daily Maverick Prize for the Best Student from the BAHons Journalism class of 2021 awarded to Anri Matthee
Sibulela Bolarinwa, winner of the Yunus Mohamed Prize for the Best Student in Photojournalism, receives her prize from Egbert de Waal, head of communications at Media24, who sponsors the prize. She was accompanied on stage by her brother, Dayo.
Winner of the Media Innovation Prize for the Best Student in Media Entrepreneurship, Anri Matthee, with Prof Lizette Rabe, chair of the Department of Journalism. Matthee also received the George Claassen | Christina Scott Prize for the Best Student in Science Journalism.
Tamsin Metelerkamp, winner of the Piet Cillié Prize for Exceptional Writing and Clarity of Expression, pictured here with Egbert de Waal, head of communications at Media24, who sponsors this prize.
Winner of the Ton Vosloo Prize for Leadership was awarded to Alexander Brand, pictured here with Egbert de Waal, head of communications at Media24, who sponsors this prize.
Tamsin Metelerkamp received the Golden Pen Award for the Best In-depth Project from Journalism Practice Lecturer, Anneli Groenewald (left).
Janet Heard (left), managing editor of the Daily Maverick, congratulates Anri Matthee, winner of the Daily Maverick Prize for the Best Student from the BAHons Journalism Class of 2021.
Dr Marenet Jordaan, convener of the BAHons Journalism course, thanks the class representative from the 2021 group, Inge du Plessis, for her efforts.
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