Cape Peninsula University Of Technology Journalism

Cape Peninsula University Of Technology Journalism

Journalism

 

Thomas Jefferson wrote that ‘the cornerstone of democracy rest on the foundation of an educated electorate’… and our Journalism programme takes this responsibility very seriously.

We feel that South Africa, as a republic in transition, requires civic-minded journalists with a strong sense of ethics and a deep-seated respect for constitutional values and diversity… including diversity of opinion. We encourage debate and dissent as we push students to interrogate their own and others’ beliefs in a manner that opens space for dialogue in classes and in their future careers.

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Working in the media requires mastery of many inter-connected skills and so we have integrated our courses more than ever before as lecturers work closely together to prepare students for the demands of the market while expanding their perspectives of global media. So, for example, students simulate the work of pundits by engaging in televised debates for Broadcast while drawing on information from Political Theory and using grammatical and rhetorical skills acquired in English.

This in-depth approach to topical issues is then translated into professional practices that simulate workplace conditions as students produce material for print, radio and television.

Class projects

Hole in the Head: Our newest publication is the pride of the first-year class which is made up of ambitious students who are determined to out-do their predecessors. So far, they’re giving the senior students a run for their money as the first edition of HitH includes a feast of features and opinion pieces on almost any topic you could imagine.

CPUT Buzz: Still in its genesis, this is a bi-weekly student tabloid that focusses on campus events and issues. This is where our students test their investigative skills as they poke and prod under the ‘hood’ of the institution, ruffling a few feathers along the way. It is also a chance for students to hone their Design skills on the industry-standard software InDesign while demonstrating the potentially awesome power and responsibilities of the Fourth Estate.

Catalyst: More a blog portal than an online magazine, Catalyst pushes students to produce text every week. The wide range of topics and increased frequency of news cycle serves a ‘final polishing’ function for students as they prepare for their internships in industry. The current version awaits the return of its authors from their six-month stints at some of Cape Town’s most prestigious media establishments.

GAS: Launched in 2013 by the then-first-year students, GAS is a monthly online magazine that includes a dizzying range of topics, both local and international. Every few issues is called GAS Politics and focusses on the ‘boiling sea’ of the world of politics – from Washington filibusters to the rise of the E.F.F. See past issues at:

JOURNALISM

ND: (National Diploma) 

Students are educated to be sensitive to diversity and transformation. They are expected to undertake research-driven journalism, including the use of technology, in a creative and responsible manner to serve the profession and society. As an important resource for local and national media organisations, students are required to complete a period of staff-supervised experiential learning.
Career Opportunities
A wide variety of possible employment opportunities are available to graduates in the media and related industries.

 

Admission requirements

Undergraduates

For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements

Postgraduates

For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Notification of relocation

Please be informed and take note that it is the University’s intention (approval in principle has been granted) to RELOCATE the following programmes (classes and courses) to the CAPE TOWN CAMPUS with effect from 1 JANUARY 2014:

  • National Diploma in Film & Video Technology
  • National Diploma in Journalism
  • National Diploma in Photography
  • Baccalaureus Technologiae in Journalism
  • Baccalaureus Technologiae in Photography

 

Syllabus and fees

First Year

 Compulsory subject(s):

Second Year

 Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):

Third Year

 Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):

JOURNALISM

BTech: (Baccalaureus Technologiae) 

Students are taught how to fine-tune their writing skills. They are also given an introduction in media management, including the inner workings of newspapers and broadcast houses, and taught the basics of research methodology. Most of the classes are scheduled to take place after hours and over weekends.

 

Career Opportunities
Graduates find employment in a variety of media and related industries. A BTech in journalism provides a good stepping stone to a career in media management.

 

Admission requirements

Undergraduates

For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements

Postgraduates

For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Notification of relocation

Please be informed and take note that it is the University’s intention (approval in principle has been granted) to RELOCATE the following programmes (classes and courses) to the CAPE TOWN CAMPUS with effect from 1 JANUARY 2014:

  • National Diploma in Film & Video Technology
  • National Diploma in Journalism
  • National Diploma in Photography
  • Baccalaureus Technologiae in Journalism
  • Baccalaureus Technologiae in Photography

 

Syllabus and fees

Fourth Year

 Compulsory subject(s):