Rhodes Journalism Review, established in 1990 and published by the
School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, is a
specialist magazine for journalists in South Africa and Africa.
Edited by Anthea Garman, senior lecturer in writing and editing in
the department, its contributors consist of practitioners in the field
and media experts and scholars world-wide who write on a wide range
of subjects affecting media.
Recently the Rhodes Journalism Review has taken a powerfully interventionist
stance regarding the production of news journalism in South Africa
and Africa. Aiming to equip journalists to understand and report on
complex social issues, we have garnered the talents of those who best
understand and report on, for example, gender, Africa, transformation,
racism, the information society, to produce special editions packed
with helpful information and best practice world-wide.
RJR is still the only publication in South Africa that deals exclusively
with journalism issues. Recently (within the last five years) the
Review has made inroads into covering African issues (notably with
the African Media Debates edition No. 18 which drew contributors from
north, south, east and west to cover the continent's most pertinent
media debates and with the latest edition on African Journalism within
the context of the Information Society).
The Review is now read not only in South African newsrooms, but goes
to practitioners all over Africa and to media academics, researchers
and students of journalism and media across the world. It is highly
thought of as a publication that debates news media located on this
continent in a design format that makes a significant contribution.
Because of the need it fulfils it has a presence as 'must-have' publication.
It also has an extended shelf-life as it is consulted for years by
working journalists and researchers for its commentary and documentation
of major media issues and events.