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Title: Journalism education and practice in South Africa and the discourse of the African Renaissance
Authors: Motsaathebe, Gilbert 
Keywords: African century;Africanisation;African Renaissance;Journalism education;Journalism practice;Journalism skills
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Routledge Taylor and Francis
Source: To cite this article: Gilbert Motsaathebe (2011) Journalism education and practice in South Africa and the discourse of the African Renaissance, Communicatio, 37:3, 381-397, DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2011.605372
Abstract: At the turn of the century there was sheer optimism that ‘Africa’s time’ to address all its problems had come, and as a result the 21st century was widely hailed as the ‘African century’ (Ban 2008; Makgoba 1999; Mbeki 1999; O’Reilly 1998; Zoellick 2009). This pronouncement was accompanied by the parallel call for the African Renaissance, which challenged many institutions to align themselves with this ‘crucial phase’ in the history of Africa. In the process, expressions such as ‘de-Westernisation’, ‘Africanisation’, ‘indigenisation’ and ‘domestication’ became buzz-words. Yet, after almost a decade of such claims, there appears to be very little, if anything, gained from these confident pronouncements. This article is situated within embryonic debates on the Africanisation of the curricula. The article explores the current thinking on journalism education (the teaching of journalism) and practice (the practice of journalism) in the country, with a view to furthering our understanding of journalism agility deemed important for the ‘African century’. It further explores the opportunities and limitations of situating journalism education and journalism practice within the discourse of the African Renaissance. The key data that form the basis of this article were collected through interviews and an open-ended questionnaire from a sample consisting of journalists, journalism educators and senior journalism students. The findings point to the need to rethink journalism education and journalism practice, given the trends of globilisation and the equally compelling need to Africanise.
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