AZA3919 - Professional placement in journalism: South Africa - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Tula Dlamini


Mr Tinus De Jager

Unit guides


South Africa

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


AZA3744, ATS3919


The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (


In this unit, students have the opportunity to obtain a greater practice-based understanding of print, audio, visual or on-line media. Students have to apply to the unit coordinator for enrolment in this unit. The unit coordinator will discuss and negotiate placement opportunities. Students are required to produce self-authored work for publication/broadcast and to write a reflective report on the process and tangible outcomes of the placement experience.


Students who successfully complete the unit should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Practical experience in journalistic media in South Africa or Africa more broadly;
  2. The capacity to analyse, evaluate and reflect on newsroom and journalism practices and about news.
  3. Capacity to apply the theories, principles and practice of journalism and how to apply what they have learnt in their undergraduate studies;
  4. Skills relevant to prospective employers in the journalism field;
  5. Evidence of having compiled a portfolio of experiences and publications gained throughout the placement;
  6. The ability to meet the demands of a professional workplace and the capacity to reflect critically on those demands.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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