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BAHons Journalism convener

Dr Marenet Jordaan

Marenet Jordaan is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Journalism at Stellenbosch University (SU). She graduated with a BA Publishing degree (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria (UP) in 2000 where she was awarded the vice-chancellor’s medal for the best student in the Faculty of Humanities. After completing her BPhil Journalism at SU (cum laude), she worked at Die Burger and Rapport in various roles, including as editor of an entertainment supplement.

From 2009 she was a lecturer in the Journalism Programme at the UP. While working at UP, she completed her MPhil Journalism (cum laude) through SU – focusing on the role of the then still quite new phenomenon of social media use at newspapers. In 2015 she returned to her academic home at SU to teach in the honours and master’s programmes. She completed her doctoral dissertation about the Afrikaans online news publication Netwerk2, in 2018. Her current research interests include newsroom ethnography, newswork cultures, journalism ethics, journalistic role conceptualisations and journalism education.

She has been the convener of the BAHons Journalism programme since 2016. In 2020 she received an institutional Teaching Excellence award from SU in 2020.

As part of her community engagement, she regularly contributes to national media publications and broadcasters on topics ranging from journalism ethics and social media use to mental health awareness.


Jordaan, M. & Groenewald, A. 2021. Suddenly apart, yet still connected: South AFrican postgraduate journalism students’ responses to Emergency Remote Teaching and learning. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 76(4):425-438.  doi: 10.1177/10776958211028103

Jordaan, M. 2020. An open mind, not an empty head: Towards perpetual waves of newswork ethnography. African Journalism Studies, 41(4):51-67. doi:10.1080/23743670.2020.1785519

Jordaan, M. 2018. Die belang van kritiese selfrefleksie deur joernalistiekopvoeders. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, 58(4):826-840.

Jordaan, M. 2013. “Poke me, I’m a journalist: The impact of Facebook and Twitter on newsroom routines and cultures at two South African weeklies”, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 31(1):21-35.

Jordaan M. 2018. “This is a safe space”: The need for reflection by journalism educators. In: L. Rabe (ed). Journalism/Joernalistiek4.0@Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA. 

Jordaan, M. 2016. Back to the future: Re-invigorating the ‘newsroom genre’ to study social media use in developing contexts” In: H.M. Mabweazara, O.F. Mudhai & J. Whittaker. Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures. London: Routledge.

Jordaan, M. 2020. Checking All The Boxes: Debating the Need for Journalism Students to Acquire

Ethical Clearance for their Research. In: Teaching Journalism in a Disruptive Age, Proceedings of the World Journalism Education Congress 2019. Paris. 228-240.

Jordaan, M. 2020. To Listen and To Lead: Taking Lessons from Newsroom Ethnography into the Classroom. In: Teaching Journalism in a Disruptive Age, Proceedings of the World Journalism Education Congress 2019. Paris. 942-943.

Book review: Jordaan, M. 2016. Die groot drie: ’n Eeu van spotprente in Die Burger 1915-2015. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, Volume 53 (2).

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