Media Panel Discussion: Humanitarian Reportage in South Africa

Media Panel Discussion: Humanitarian Reportage in South Africa
past almost 3 years ago

Tue, Oct 13. 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Wits - University of the Witwatersrand 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Braamfontein, South Africa

Event Details

Real reporting or just retweeting?
Contesting the role and relevance of mainstream South African media in reporting on humanitarian crises in the face of the social media shockwave

Join Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Wits School of Journalism & Wits Justice Project for an evening of debate and insight on state of affairs of reportage and engagement.

Date: Tuesday 13 October 2015
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Venue: 12th Floor, Wits University Corner (Wits Art Museum Building) 1 Smuts Avenue & Jorissen Street, Johannesburg

Newsrooms are shrinking as fast as operating budgets, along with audience attention spans. But the desire to engage with audiences is at an all-time high in the mainstream media.
Journalists are crying out for opportunities for authentic, richer storytelling. Some are able to break free from confines, seizing opportunities and pushing boundaries at what used to be the fringes.

But the bootstrapping revolution in publishing and social sharing has not only disrupted the news media and its agenda setting function. Organisations responding to humanitarian crises have become their own journalists and channels increasingly building their own audience of followers and supporters. The people they help are equally adept at finding their own voice through Twitter and Facebook without the “help” of intermediaries.

It’s a New World for the brave, for sure. It’s a world where roles and relevance are redrawn daily.
Together, we take stock of the South African situation with academics, news agenda decision-makers, journalists and humanitarians.

Speakers will include:
Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi, Project Coordinator, Wits Justice Project
Govan Whittles, Journalist, Eyewitness News (EWN)
Shannon Ibrahim, Foreign Editor, the Independent Media Group


Angela Makamure at | 084 977 7553, 011 403 4440
Deborah Miloa at 078 913 3211 by 5pm on Monday 12 October 2015.