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Dr Julie Reid is a lecturer and academic in media studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA). When she’s not defending citizens’ rights to information and media freedom, she’s lecturing, or learning to ride her new motorcycle.


Currently data journalism has South African newsrooms (and Highway Africa delegates) abuzz about new possibilities. Dr Peter Verweij spoke about the opportunities and importance of data journalism specifically in South Africa.
In case you missed it, here is Verweij’s speech, brought to you by Elna Schütz.

At this year’s Highway Africa there is a lot of discussion around new media and its possibilities. Speaker Indra De Lanerolle has extensive experience in internet and mobile communications, focusing specifically on the effect they have on the mass media.
He speaks to Elna Schütz about what telecommunications mean for journalists and their audiences.

Graham Welch, the General Manager for Editorial Policy at the SABC, held a workshop to discuss the long-overdue changes in policy being negotiated currently.
With a series of stakeholder meetings behind them, Welch’s team will start holding public hearings till November, which will result in a draft. The public is encouraged to comment on this, and the final policies should be put into place around 2014/5.
The editorial policies apply to all branches within the SABC including television and radio. They span issues such as language, universal access, local content and religious programming.
Welch spoke to Elna Schütz about why a strong editorial policy is critically important, yet no magic bullet. Although the SABC policy should be renewed every 5 years, the last review was in 2003.

Who makes better journalists, men or women? Sizani Weza and Karen Kelley of the US Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, suggest that maybe it’s women. The Zimbabwe Women Journalists Mentoring Program (WJMP) brought 12 aspiring female journalists to the Highway Conference, the hub of journalists on the African Continent. Relebone Myambo caught up with them during the buzz of tea break to hear their thoughts on mentoring, women in journalism, and networking.