Meet our staff members
PhD and MA Journalism convener
Dr Gabriël Botma
Gawie Botma teaches Media Studies and Mass Communication Theory at the Journalism Department of Stellenbosch University. In 2011 he obtained a PhD degree with the dissertation Manufacturing cultural capital: Arts journalism at Die Burger (1990-1999). The dissertation was subsequently published as the book Brothers in armchairs: Cultural struggles at Die Burger (2014, Sun Press). He has also published the book Polemieke: Bekgevegte in Afrikaans in 2018 at Zebra Press and Race talk in the South African Media at Sun Press (2019). Research articles he authored was published in prominent journals such as African Journalism Studies, Critical Arts, Communicatio and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator in the field of political economy, cultural studies and journalism education. Until his appointment at SU he was arts editor and theatre critic of Die Burger in Cape Town.
2021: Contemporary critics and seminal sources: A critical review of the historiography of the first newspaper in South Africa. Media History (forthcoming).
2019: Race talk in the South African media. Stellenbosch: Sun Press.
2018: Polemieke: Bekgevegte in Afrikaans. Cape Town: Zebra Press.
2018: Die media en die bose wêreld daar buite. In L. Rabe (ed) Journalism / Joernalistiek 4.0. Stellenbosch: Sun Press.
2017: Cultural capital and the distribution of the sensible, Journalism Studies, 18(2): 211-227, DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1046996
2017: Social media and globabalisation. In P.J. Fourie (ed.) Media Studies: Social media and mediated communication. Cape Town: Juta.
2016: Cultural citizenship in the digital future(s): In search of a new code of praxis for South African journalism education and training. Critical Arts, 30(1):102-116.
2016: “Koos sê…”: ŉ Kritiese diskoersanalise van die meta-kapitaal van ŉ invloedryke Suid-Afrikaanse media-magnaat. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, 56(1):153-168.
2015: ‘WEG Louw se spook’ en die ‘oop gesprek’: Die Burger se kunsblad in die oorgangsjare na demokrasie. In In L.Rabe (ed.) ŉ Konstante revolusie: Naspers, Media 24 en oorgange. Cape Town: Tafelberg. Pp. 139-147.
2014: Brothers in armchairs: Post-apartheid cultural struggles at Die Burger. Stellenbosch: Sun Media.
2014: The Press Freedom Commission in South Africa and the regulation of journalists online: Lessons from Britain and Australia, Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research, 40:3, 223-238.
2013: Cultural flows in the Chinese empire: The case of Africa. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 34:3:1-14.
2013: Cultural capital and change: Afrikaans arts journalism and the
democratic transformation of South Africa, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 34:2, 15-34
2013: Die spies van die nasie: Die demokratiese rol van die populêre media en avant-garde-kuns in Suid-Afrika. LitNet-Akademies 10 (1). At http://www.litnet.co.za/Article/die-spies-van-die-nasie-die-demokratiese-rol-van-die-populre-media-en-avant-garde-kuns-in-#Artikel
2012: Public media and public theology: At loggerheads or partners in complexity? Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif (53) Deel 3 & 4 September & Desember
2012: The language(s) of failure? Unequal access to journalism education and training at a former whites-only Afrikaans university in South Africa. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 67(1): 26-44.
2011: The structure of content: The political economy of Die Burger Western Cape (2004-2005). Chapter in book Political Economy of Media Transformation in South Africa, edited by Keyan Tomaselli and Anthony A. Olorunnisola. Hampton Press. Pp 239-166.
2011: Going back to the crossroads: Visions of a democratic media future at the dawn of the new South Africa. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 32(02), pp. 75 – 89.
2010: Lightning strikes twice: The 2007 Rugby World Cup and memories of a South African rainbow nation. Communicatio, 36 (1):1–19.
2009: Die geskiedenis van die Afrikaanse drukpers sedert 1994. (The history of the Afrikaans printing press since 1994). In D. Hugo (ed.) Halala Afrikaans. Pretoria: Protea Boekhuis. Pp 129-135.
2008: Having it both ways: Balancing market orientation and political claims at a South African daily newspaper. Critical Arts, 22(1):1-20. (Co-authored with Herman Wasserman).
2008: Poles apart: Mapping the field of arts journalism in South Africa. Critical Arts, 22(1):83-100.
- Paying the field: The cultural economy of Afrikaans at Naspers. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 29(1):42-63.
2006: Sinergie as politiek-ekonomiese strategie by Die Burger (2004-2005). Ecquid Novi, 27(2):135-156.
2006: (Abstract) Sinergie as politiek-ekonomiese strategie in die balansering van idealisme en markgerigtheid by Die Burger Wes-Kaap, 2004-2005.Communicare, 25(1):132.
2020: Online colloquium on the future of Journalism Education at Stellenbosch University, 30 October.
2019: Rykie fellowship colloquium, 25 October, Stellenbosch.
2017: Research visit to Missouri School of Journalism, USA. June/July.
2016: Delegate at #Reporting Race conference, Johannesburg, 18-19 October.
2015: A history of the present: Shifting discourses of race in the South African media since colonialism and apartheid. Paper presented at the annual SACOMM conference, AFDA campus, Cape Town, 28-30 September.
2014: SciELO Users-group meeting and National Scholarly Editors Forum (NSEF), Belmont Square Conference Centre, Cape Town, Rondebosch, 29 – 30 July.
2013: The Press Freedom Commission in South Africa and the regulation of journalists on-line: Lessons from Britain and Australia. Paper presented at the colloquium on press and democracy: systems of press accountability and questions of journalistic ethics, UNISA. 30 August.
2013: A textbook-case of exploring the frontiers: Teaching climate change journalism at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Paper presented at the African Journalism Educators Panel at the World Journalism Education Congress, Mechelen, Belgium, 3-5 July.
2013: Raise the red lantern: Global mediated culture in the Chinese empire. Paper presented at the IAMCR international conference in Dublin, Ireland. 25-29 June.
2013: Media, citizenship and identity: The challenges for journalism education and training in the digital future(s). Paper delivered at JMSIG Colloquium, Unisa, Pretoria, 28 February.
2012: Complexity between North and South: In search of hybridity in South African media analysis. Paper presented at IAMCR annual conference, Durban. 15-19 July.
2012: Cultural capital and change: Afrikaans arts journalism and the democratic transformation of South Africa. Paper presented at ICA annual conference, Phoenix, Arizona. 24-28 May.
2012: Attend AFRICA–UK JOURNALISM EDUCATION EXCHANGE NETWORK, Luton, University of Bedfordshire. 9-13 April.
2011: The good, bad and ugly: Arts journalism at Die Burger (1990-1999). Presentation at New Voices in Science Colloquium, University of Stellenbosch, 2 December.
2011: Participant and discussant in Health Ethics for Journalists Symposium, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. 16-19 June.
2010: Going back to the crossroads: Visions of a democratic media future at the dawn of the new South Africa. Paper presented at colloquium “Media, democracy and transformation since 1994: an assessment” at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. 16-18 October.
2010: Participant in “Educating journalists as architects of democracy”, Idasa colloquium, 2-3 September, Cape Town.
2010: Attend AEJMC conference in Denver, Colorado, 4-7 Augustus.
2010: The freedom to fail: Addressing unequal opportunities and performance in South African journalism education and training. Paper delivered at WJEC in Grahamstown, 7 July.
2009: Attend doctoral course, Applying discourse theory and CDA in the study of media, images and film, at Roskilde University in Denmark, 30 November to 2 December.
2009: Lecture tour in Belgium (Arteveldehogeschool in Gent) and the Netherlands (University of Leiden, Windesheim University of Applied Science in Zwolle, and University of Ede), 23-27 November.
2009: Where theory meets practice: Addressing unequal access in South African journalism education and training. Paper delivered at conference Journalism Research in the Public Interest, Winterthur/Zurich, Switzerland, 19 to 21 November.
2009: Future tense: The presence of a troubled past in South African journalism education and training. Paper delivered at SACOMM annual conference, Potchefstroom, 16-18 September.
2009: Assessing the quality of journalism education in Africa: Unequal access in South African journalism education and training. Paper delivered at WJEC Africa-Regional reparatory Colloquium, Grahamstown, 9 September.
2009: Attend colloquium Forced to tour/Tour de Force? – International Association of Theatre Critics, Amsterdam Nederland. 17-20 June.
2009: Revisiting and relocating Bourdieu’s keywords: Cultural capital, habitus and field in South African journalism education and training. Paper delivered at the Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning of Stellenbosch University, Somerset West. 19-20 May.
2009: Attend Unesco Media Trainers’ Workshop for Centers of Excellence, Windhoek, Namibia. 5 – 6 May.
2008: Lighting strikes twice: The 2007 Rugby World Cup and memories of a South African rainbow nation. Paper delivered at SACOMM Conference: Communicating in a Global Village, Johannesburg. 17-19 September.
2008: Experiential learning at Stellenbosch. Paper delivered at the Consultative Meeting on Experiential Learning in Journalism Education, Rhodes University. 7 August.
2008: Honing the skills of journalism research: Herman and Chomsky versus Bourdieu at Naspers. Paper delivered at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Montreal, Canada. 22-26 May.
2007: Poles apart: Mapping the field of arts journalism in South Africa. Paper delivered at the SACOMM Annual Conference, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. 20 September.
2007: Attend conference: The Future of Newspapers, The Centre for Journalism Studies, Cardiff, Wales. 12 & 13 September.
2007: Paying the field: The cultural economy of Afrikaans at Naspers. Paper delivered at the CRESC Annual Conference Re-thinking Cultural Economy, University of Manchester, England. 5 September.
2007: Manufacturing cultural capital: The political economy of arts journalism at Die Burger (2004-2005). Paper delivered at conference – 20 Years of Propaganda? Critical discussions & evidence on the ongoing relevance of the Herman & Chomsky Propaganda Model. University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. 17 May.
2006: The structure of content: The political economy of Die Burger, 2004-2005. Paper delivered at SACOMM conference, Spier. 29 September.
2020: As ŉ koerant gekaap word. Rapport-Weekliks, 1 November.
2020: First rough draft of history. Cape Argus, 20 October. P.7.
2014: Die olifant en die muggie: die rol van Chinese media in Afrika. LitNet-seminaarkamer. 13 October. At http://www.litnet.co.za/Article/die-olifant-en-die-muggie-die-rol-van-chinese-media-in-afrika
2010: “’n Konstruktiwistiese bespreking van Rian Malan se bundel artikels Resident Alien”. Litnet-Seminaarkamer, 23 February. At http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1270&news_id=82619&cat_id=163/.
2009: Wanneer Ou Wagter jou aan die alie hap. Rapport. 22 March. P.17.
2008: Spraakvryheid in aksie. Die Burger-By. 3 May. P.11
2008: Dit kook in voorportaal van paradys. Die Burger. 31 March. P.12.
2008: Jazz-musikante se stemme nóú hoorbaar: Bundel met onderhoude is nuttige verwysingsbron. Die Burger. 10 March. P.9
2007: Maar net ŉ hand vol bene. Die Burger-By. 4 August. P. 11.
2006: Kapitalisme loop kwaai deur onder Marxistiese bittereinder se ‘humanistiese vooroordeel’. Die Burger, 4 September. P. 11.
2006: Bloeisels uit sappige lote op goddelike dag. Die Burger, 19 May. P 16.
2019 PhD (Journalism) – Thulani Tshabangu
2018: PhD (Journalism) – Marenet Jordaan
2017: PhD (Journalism) – Leonard Makombe
2016: PhD (Journalism) – Mphathisi Ndlovu
2021 MA (Journalism) – Isabeau Botha
2021 MA (Journalism) – Chantelle Whittles
2021 MA (Journalism) – Wianda Gilliland
2020 MA (Journalism) – Jenny Griesel
2019 MA (Journaliam) – Michelle van der Spuy
2019 MA (Journaliam) – Marguerite Vermeulen
2019 MA (Journalism) – Jessica Farah (Levitt)
2019 MA (Journalism) – Annemarie van Wyk
2017 MA (Journalism) – Bronwen Dyke
2017 MA (Journalism) – Adrian Baillie-Stewart
2016 MA (Journalism) – Nabila Hatimy
2016 MA (Journalism) – Chantel Erfort
2016 MA (Journalism) – Roy McKenzie
2015: MA (Journalism) – Chantelle Smith
2012: MPhil (Journalism) – Francine van Niekerk
2011: MPhil (Journalism) – Marenet Jordaan
2010 MPhil (Journalism) – A-P du Plessis
2009: MPhil (Journalism) – Emma.de Villiers
2008: MPhil (Journalism) – Florence de Vries
- Media history
- Critical discourse analysis
- Social media and globalisation
- Race and media
- Media representation
- Media, culture and social change