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South African journalism has been fortunate in recent decades to have editors, writers and practitioners of the highest order working within its ranks. Some, like radio talk show host John Perlman and cartoonist Zapiro, are household names. Others are less well-known but work quietly and effectively behind thew scenes, bringing years of experience and skill to bear on their art. Until the publication of this book, few have taken the time to sit down and spell out the do's and don'ts of their particular speciality, gained often after a lifetime of trial and error

Changing the Fourth Estate: Essays on South African Journalism is a celebration of excellence. Whether the reader is intent on becoming a professional journalist, is already working as one, or is merely interested in what South Africa's most respected journalists have to say about their work, this book will be of interest. Topics include investigative journalism , sports reporting, freelancing, travel writing, news editing, television news reporting, newspaper design and many other aspects of a diverse, global media business. Carefully selected by a panel of topeditors, the writers of this collection present an accessible, fascinating insight into the art of journalism and into what it takes in each field to aspire to excellence.

 

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Format : 168mm x 240mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 248
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2097-4
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2097-3
Publish Year : 2005
Rights : World Rights
Foreword
Jakes Gerwel

Introduction
Adrian Hadland


1. Current challenges - Guy Berger
2. News writing - Tony Weaver
3. Investigative Journalism - Mzilikazi wa Afrika
4. Political reporting - Angela Quintal
5. On the frontline - Peta Thornycroft
6. Excellent Features - Franz Kruger
7. Travel writing - Carol Lazar
8. Sports reporting - Rodney Hartman
9. The art of the interview - John Perlman
10. Freelance Journalism - Marianne Thamm
11. News Editing - John MacLennan
12. Journalism and the law - Jacques Louw
13. Why ethics matter - George Claasen
14. The art of cartooning - Jonathan Shapiro
15. Designing stories - David Hazelhurst
16. In the editors chair - Dennis Pather
17. Reporting for television - Joe Thloloe
18. Reporting for radio - Pippa Green
19. The role of the public broadcaster - Ruth Teer-Tomaselli
20. Journalism and the Internet - Arrie Rossouw
21. The media and transformation - Rehana Rossouw
22. Tomorrow's news - Irwin Manoin

Acronyms
Contributors
References and sources
Acknowledgements

Dr Adrian Hadland is a Research Director of the Democracy and Governance research programme at the HSRC. He holds an MLitt from the University of Oxford in the UK, and a PhD from the University of Cape Town. Before joining the HSRC, Dr Hadland worked as a political editor, columnist and assistant editor of the Cape Argus. He has extensive experience in the South African and international media, serves on the South African Press Ombudsman's Appeal Panel, and sits on both the editorial board of the HSRC Review and on the HSRC's Research Ethics Committee.

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