Personal mission statement
I am a lecturer in Journalism at Stellenbosch University. With a background of eight years at various print publications, I have a specific interest in the work, future and role of journalism within a digital context. I believe that academic research with a foot or history in the profession can contribute a great deal to the body of knowledge about Journalism Studies.
I thoroughly enjoy teaching and mentorship. Working with students to reach their full potential and seeing them achieve their goals later as part of the journalistic and academic community, are some of my greatest measures of success.
I have a very strong work ethic and believe I can add value to any team through commitment and determination. My strengths include the ability to take a holistic view to a situation and to look at challenges and solutions from different angles. With the combination of my skills as a journalist and my experience as an educator and researcher, I feel I am ideally suited to take on a mentorship role within a newsroom or educational setting.
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January 2015 to date
Lecturer and researcher, Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University
Responsibilities include postgraduate teaching, supervision and curriculum development
Specific subject areas: qualitative research methods, media ethics Research area: newsroom ethnography, newsroom disruptions and digital media technologies
- October 2009 – December 2014: Lecturer, Journalism Programme, University of Pretoria
- May 2005 – September 2009: Senior journalist, Rapport, Pretoria
- April 2004 – April 2005: Editor of arts and entertainment supplement, Naweek-Joernaal at Die Burger, Cape Town
- September 2003 – March 2004: General news reporter, Die Burger, Cape Town
- January 2002 – September 2003: Night-shift news reporter, Die Burger, Cape Town
- Member of the South African National Editor’s Forum (Sanef)
- Guest trainer in media ethics and social media use at WOW school media workshops during the US Woordfees in Stellenbosch
- Peer reviewer on articles for journals such as the International Journal of Press/Politics, Communicare and African Journalism Studies.
- External moderator and examiner for theses and exams on masters and honours level from the University of Cape Town, North-West University, the University of Johannesburg, and Wits University
- Guest and/or commentator on various broadcast platforms (including KykNET, SABC Newsroom, SAfm, RSG, KruiskykTV and various print publications in Gauteng) discussing issues ranging from media ethics to social media use
- Judge in Media24 Stories competition (Features division)
Professional courses completed
- May 2015: Completed a NQF-rated course in Social Science methods: Overview of ethnographic research methods at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University cum laude
- October 2004: Completed an Advanced News Writing course at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, Cape Town
- April 2004: Participated in the NQF Level 5 Arts Journalism Course as part of the North Sea Jazz Festival workshop programme, Cape Town
Freelance/other work experience
- 2009; 2012 – 2014: Content editor for Krit, festival newspaper of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn
- 2007 – 2010: Freelance feature articles and profiles for the magazine,
- 2002 – 2003: Freelance human interest articles for the magazines Finesse, Maksiman and TV Plus
- 2002 Student internships at Beeld, Pretoria; Eikestadnuus and MFM, Stellenbosch
- 1998 – 1999: Layout and arts reviews for Perdeby, student newspaper, University of Pretoria
- 1999 – 2000: Tutor and assistant-lecturer in the Departments of Information Science and Informatics, University of Pretoria
- 2012: MPhil (Journalism) cum laude, Stellenbosch University
recipient of the Golden Pen award for the best thesis entitled: Social media in the newspaper newsroom: The professional use of Facebook and Twitter at Rapport and the Mail & Guardian
- 2002: BPhil (Journalism) cum laude, Stellenbosch University
recipient of Die Burger bursary
- 2001: BA (Publishing) cum laude, University of Pretoria
recipient of vice-chancellor’s medal for the best undergraduate student in the Faculty of Humanities; recipient of subject achievement awards (Afrikaans, Information Science and Informatics)
1997: Senior Certificate with exemption, Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, Pretoria eight distinctions: Afrikaans 1st language (HG), English 2nd language (HG), Math (HG), Physics (HG), Latin (HG), French (HG), Music (HG), Music presentation (SG)