Research conducted in the Department of Journalism span a wide range of areas and staff, postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research fellows contribute to a rich and varied research culture.
The Department also regularly hosts conferences, workshops and talks by visiting speakers.

Research news

Stellenbosch University co-hosts International Communication in Africa conference

Stellenbosch University’s Department of Journalism recently co-hosted the International Communication Association Regional Conference in Africa…

Stellenbosch Journalism to host SACOMM conference in 2024

  Five researchers affiliated with the Department of Journalism at Stellenbosch University were recently elected…

Professional Certificate in Media and Digital Policy in Africa Now Available on edX

Stellenbosch Journalism is thrilled to announce a significant milestone in providing high-quality education in the…

Legal process being weaponised to prevent free speech in SA

The rise of strategic lawsuits aimed at hindering public participation is a real threat to…

Research projects


This multi-national research projects aims to explore the drivers of information disorder in the Global South. It is a collaborative project, combining academic and action-oriented research, drawing on the expertise of teams based in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.


Science communication is a sub-field of media and communications research, that seeks to explore and theorise the multiple connections between science, society and communications technologies. The focus of the Chair is to study the role of communications in connecting scientific research with the broader project of social justice and engaged publics, and to action-research best practice in communications modalities that serve the advancement of scientific knowledge.