Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ)
The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) is South Africa’s premier provider of short courses and residency programmes for journalists, communicators and media practitioners.
IAJ is conducting a course on Election Compliance on 13 to 14 September 2018 in Johannesburg.
Political journalism is difficult. It requires objectivity and balance within the boundaries of media ethics. Journalism during elections is even more difficult – the danger of vociferous complaints hangs over every written word. Social media makes navigating this terrain more complex. There are no rules, communication is instantaneous, without filters and easily misunderstood.
The course focuses on the skills needed for next year’s elections. The course is laid on the foundations of journalism and media ethics, all within the boundaries of media law.
At the end of this course, you will
- Learn how to separate your views from your reporting
- Develop an understanding of media regulations related to elections
- Analyse the opportunities and constraints of media ethics, regulation and law
- Apply critical thinking to issues of fairness, right of replay and defamation in the context of elections
- Understand how to identify and research press releases and political spin
- Understand how journalists and “independent sources” can be manipulated
- Apply critical thinking to objectivity and fairness
- Handle complaints
Accreditation: This course carries 12 credits at NQF level 5. It is aligned to unit standard 110357: Report for a variety of journalistic purposes
For more about the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, refer to www.iaj.org.za