Current news articles for the Centre for Film and Media Studies.
Students will have access to experts in new technology, global media, international telecommunications and media studies. As a professional with a global perspective, the twinned degree is aimed at equipping students with the knowledge required to play a powerful role in redefining the way the world communicates.
On Tuesday, 8 May, renowned journalist and UCT alumna Zubeida Jaffer introduced CFMS to the online media initiative The Journalist. Jaffer explained that today’s students are clueless about certain aspects of the anti-apartheid struggle and the role the media played in South Africa’s liberation movement.
A 2016 CFMS 2nd year film entitled Tomato Soup has been selected for the Shnit International Short Film Festival. 19 films are included in this year’s Kaapse Bobotie program. Tomato Soup, directed by CFMS student Akuol de Mabior, is a four minute film about a bloody confrontation that ensues between a conservative Zulu mother and her new uninhibited daughter in law when they get together for a meal one afternoon.
Chikezie Uzuegbunam, a second-year doctoral student at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town has just been selected and named one of 100 Brightest Young Minds in Africa by an international leadership development organisation, Brightest Young Minds (BYM) headquartered in South Africa.
CFMS PhD student Bernadine Jones recently attended the Future of Journalism conference in Cardiff. Here is her report: The title of the bi-annual conference struck me when I first read it: “The Future of Journalism: Journalism in a Post-Truth Age?” The UK news is awash with the debate on Fake News, Post-Truth, Brexit, Trump, and this conference speaks to the heart of this conversation: the journalists themselves.
This year’s SACOMM conference entitled "Locating the power of communication in a time of radical change", was hosted in conjunction with the Highway Africa conference, at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, 30 August-2 September. The aim was to encourage collaboration between media and communication researchers and practitioners.
CFMS’ Associate Professor Tanja Bosch recently served as a panelist in a Digital Impact workshop, presented by the Stanford PACS’ Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Slum Dwellers International and the South African SDI Alliance, at the Guga S'thebe Arts and Culture Center in Langa.
Dr Musawenkosi Ndlovu, senior lecturer at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, launched his book entitled #FeesMustFall and Youth Mobilisation in South Africa: Reform or Revolution? on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at the Centre for African Studies Gallery, UCT. The book looks at the Fees Must Fall protest and its impact on universities, the country and the South African political landscape.
The rise of fake news and questions surrounding authenticity continues to be a hot issue in the current journalism sphere and the Menell Media Exchange Conference (MMX) held in Sandton, Johannesburg drew respected media leaders and thinkers in the field to tackle these concerns. The annual conference – a project of Duke University – which took place on 11 and 12 August, attracted media practitioners, academics, journalists and students under the theme of Truth and Trust.
Strike a Rock is the feature length documentary on the women of Marikana, produced by CFMS alumna Aliki Saragas, developed from the graduation film she produced for the Master of Documentary Arts programme. Voices that were previously unheard – the strong women leaders and the community that surrounds the mine – speak out in Strike A Rock.
CFMS was recently represented by five scholars at the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Cartagena, Colombia, on "Transforming Culture, Politics and Communication: New media, new territories, and new discourses". Associate Professor Tanja Bosch, Dr Wallace Chuma, HoD Professor Herman Wasserman, PhD student Willemien Calitz and Master's student Rozanne Engel attended, presenting on a variety of topics including fake news, peace journalism, journalism and conflict, China-Africa and the media and female filmmakers in the South African context.