In addition, TUT was voted as one of the top five best
journalism schools in the country among Wits, Rhodes, UJ and UCT.
of the conference is to create an annual forum for the exchange of ideas, to
explore these challenges and to examine useful tools and practices together. “We
hope that our project will inspire journalists to continue the work of
protecting and building a strong and free media community which is at the very
heart of South Africa, realizing its potential as a leader in Africa and around
the world,” said Laurie Bley, Director of Duke University.
MMX also aims to familiarise the journalism community to
practical tools and resources that will improve their work, create programming
to build and support the media community, foster networking, collaboration and
mentor relationships, and advocate for press freedoms to enrich and empower the
practice of journalism in South Africa.
This year’s MMX event, themed Truth & Trust: Mapping
Media’s New Terrain, sought to unpack the multifaceted issues influencing
journalism professionals operating in an increasingly globalised, digital-led
The students were directly involved in the symposium’s Student
Newsroom, reporting on the conference, focusing on stories related to the
Newsroom fellows were given an opportunity to practise as
journalists in a real-life newsroom run by industry experts. They were exposed
to the best journalistic practices which include fact-checking and verification
tools, data journalism, mobile journalism and digital storytelling. “It was a
great experience. It honed my reporting skills, encouraging me to learn more
about journalism,” said Emmanuel Dladla, Journalism student.
The sixth annual conference grew out of a visiting international
media program which begun in 2000 in the Sanford School of Public Policy. About
46 fellows have gone through the program since then, in an effort to contribute
to a strong and free media by building capacity, knowledge, and stimulating the
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