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BAHons Journalism

The BAHons Journalism programme is probably the most popular of all the courses offered by Stellenbosch University’s postgraduate Department of Journalism. 

Applications close on 31 August and an entrance test is written in September.

Dr Marenet Jordaan2

Programme Coordinator
Dr Marenet Jordaan
Email: marenet@sun.ac.za
Tel: 021 808 2625

Admission requirements 
Students who wish to apply for admission to Honours in Journalism must either have a bachelor degree or be in their final year of study for such a degree. Only 20 to 25 students are admitted to the course each year.

Entrance test and interview
All applicants must write an entrance test in September to assess their general knowledge, language skills, interests and cultural literacy. An individual interview will also be conducted with applicants who achieve a sub-minimum in the test.

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is regarded in a very serious light in journalism and in the training provided by this Department. Students that commit plagiarism, will get zero for an assignment and will not be allowed to hand in any other assignment in a specific module. Follow this link to the library’s website for more information on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Duration of the course
The course normally commences during the first week of February, while the final exams and projects have to be handed in by the end of November. Hereafter, students still need to complete a practical internship of at least four weeks at an approved media institution of their choice before graduating in March the next year.

Course structure
Students should expect to be occupied with assignments, classes and other related journalism activities most of the time, Mondays through Fridays, and often most weekends. A large part of the learning experience centres on the work published on the student-run digital publication, MatieMedia.

The course consists of six modules. Each of these modules forms an integral part of the training and guidance of aspiring media professionals for the digital age.

Module 1: Journalism Practice (30 credits)
This module provides the foundation for writing and editing for both print and online platforms. To successfully complete this module, students also have to complete a four-week-long internship at a recognised media institution.

Module 2: Multiplatform Journalism (15 credits)
This module complements the Journalism Practice module by guiding the students in designing content for various platforms: print, online, social media, radio, podcasts and video.

Module 3Media Studies (20 credits)
Critical thinking and engagement with the role of the media in society is key to a well-rounded university education in Journalism. This module provides students with a background in media ethics and the context the media have to provide in order to contribute to a well-informed society.

Module 4: Media Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
This exciting new addition to the course will equip students with the essential skills to enable them to think about a career beyond traditional mainstream media. 

Module 5: Specialist Journalism (15 credits)
Another highlight of this course is the involvement of working industry professionals to share their knowledge and experience with the students. Specialists present courses in subject areas such as Science and Technology, Business, Arts, Politics and Lifestyle. 

Module 6: Research assignment (30 credits)
This module serves to test the whole range of skills the students acquire throughout the year. The assignment requires an academic research proposal on the one hand, and on the other hand, more importantly,  an industry-standard media product in the form of a series of articles, video, audio or digital publications.

MA Journalism

The MA in Journalism is a 180 credit programme based on a virtual classroom system and is the only modular course of its kind in South Africa. Students are only required to visit Stellenbosch for specific periods during the programme for seminars. The course is particularly popular with mid-career professionals who want to extend their qualifications and enhance their careers. The SU allows two years for a student to complete a master’s degree – with the possibility to apply for an extension.

Dr Gawie Botma2

Programme Coordinator
Dr Gawie Botma
Email: gbotma@sun.ac.za
Tel: 021 808 3488

Admission requirements
Because of the multidisciplinary nature of a career in journalism, the requirement for entry is an honours degree in an appropriate area in the humanities, or any other honours degree plus five years practical experience in journalism. Students who qualify can also be admitted through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Entrance test
All applicants must write an entrance test in October to assess their research interest.

Course detail
The MA in Journalism is based on two selection structures as per module details below. The programme is based upon individual interaction between lecturer and student, but the attendance of residential seminars is compulsory. A thesis or mini thesis is done in one area of spescialition in which the topic is situated.

MA programme in Journalism (Code 38725 )
878 (180) (100% thesis) (MA after BA Honours degree)
888 (180) (50% thesis) (MA after BA Honours degree)

Option 878: 100% thesis after BA Honours (180 credits)
Compulsory module: 12834 Thesis (100%) (Journalism) 871 (180) (A/E)
NB: It is compulsory for students to attend the Theory and Method Review workshops during the first and second seminar week.

Option 889: 50% (90 credit) thesis (180 credits)
Compulsory modules
Theory and Method Review 871 (90) (E)
12834 Thesis (50%) (Journalism) 883 (90) (A/E)

Assessment
The course work of the compulsory module is assessed through assignments and examination. Theses will be assessed according to the University’s guidelines.

PhD Journalism

Admission to the PhD programme in Journalism requires the candidate to be in possession of a recognised Master’s degree in Journalism or Communication or an appropriate qualification acceptable and within the guidelines of the University. Admissions to doctoral studies will be considered on the grounds of a research proposal.

Dr Gawie Botma2

Programme Coordinator
Dr Gawie Botma
Email: gbotma@sun.ac.za
Tel: 021 808 3488

Code 38725 978 (360)

Admission and selection requirements

Admission to the PhD programme in Journalism requires the candidate to be in possession of a recognised Master’s degree in Journalism or Communication or an appropriate qualification acceptable and within the guidelines of the University. Admissions to doctoral studies will be considered on the grounds of a research proposal.

The template for a PhD research proposal can be found by clicking here.

The writing of a dissertation. Also consult Part 1 (General) of the Year Book.

Components of the Module

  • Compulsory module
         38725 Journalism 978 (360) (A/E)
 
Assessment
The thesis is examined according to the University’s guidelines.
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