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Journalist

Journalists gather information on specific subjects, people, events or occurrences and write the information in a report form for the press, radio, television, Internet or the public relations division of a company or other institution.


Available Qualifications:

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The admission requirements reflected below were applicable up to the final year of admission for this qualification and are only retained for record purposes:

  • Admission Points Score of 32.
  • Minimum NSC requirements for diploma entry must be met, but a minimum NSC requirement for degree entry is strongly recommended.
  • English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa (home language or first additional language) on at least level 4 (50-59%), which must include the language subjects to be taken in the diploma, and one of which must be English.
  • NSC achievement rating of at least 2 (30-39%) for Mathematics or 3 (40-49%) for Mathematical Literacy.
  • Applicants with an Admission Points Score between 22 and 31 may be referred to write the Access Assessment Battery before a decision is made on whether or not to admit the applicant to the course.

All applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants may also be provisionally admitted on the basis of work experience, age and maturity. Admission is at the discretion of the Head of Department.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum NSC statutory requirements for degree entry must be met.
  • An applicant with NSC Grade 12 Mathematics or Technical Mathematics requires a minimum Applicant Score of 350.
  • An applicant with NSC Grade 12 Mathematical Literacy requires a minimum Applicant Score of 365.
  • NSC achievement rating of at least 60% in any one Home or First Additional Language.
  • NSC achievement rating of at least 35% for Mathematics or Technical Mathematics or 55% for Mathematical Literacy.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Potential students must be in possession of a Bachelor's degree, with Communication and/or Public Relations as a major subject and learning in the relevant specialisation field with an average of 60% at NQF level 7.
  • Students who do not possess a degree but wish to be admitted to the programme on the basis of recognition of prior learning may be given recognition in terms of the Nelson Mandela University RPL policy.
  • A maximum of 20 candidates will be admitted per year pursuant to meeting the minimum requirements for entry into the programme.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Potential students must be in possession of a Bachelor's degree, with Media Studies as a major subject and learning in the relevant specialisation field with an average of 60% at NQF level 7.
  • Students who do not possess a degree but wish to be admitted to the programme on the basis of recognition of prior learning may be given recognition in terms of the NMMU RPL policy.
  • A maximum of 20 candidates will be admitted on merit, pursuant to meeting the minimum requirements for entry into the programme.
  • Subject to the approval of the programme leader a maximum of two elective modules other than those specified will be credited if they are consistent with the overall purpose of the programme.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Holders of an Honours or a four-year professional Bachelor's degree from the University (in the case of Masters' studies) or the holders of other qualifications approved by Senate, may be accepted as candidates for the relevant degree.
  • Candidates who have passed the examinations on the grounds that they will be awarded the relevant degree by the University or on the grounds that the required status may later be granted to them, or who have in any other manner (e.g. RPL) attained a level of competence, which in Senate's opinion is adequate for the purpose of postgraduate studies or research at the required level, may be accepted as candidates for the relevant degree.
  • Apart from the general admission requirements, a candidate may be required to fulfil further requirements, e.g. supplementary work or an oral/written examination as prescribed by Senate.
  • A prospective student must contact the relevant Head of Department of Director of School wherein his/her studies will take place, before applying for admission.
  • An application for registration as a student for a postgraduate research qualification may, after approval by the Head of Department or Director of School, be processed by the Manager: Faculty Administration.
  • Where applicable, a candidate must submit a research proposal for approval by the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee within the prescribed minimum period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy. Once such approval has been obtained, an official research project is registered by the Manager: Faculty Administration.
  • Unless the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee decides otherwise, no candidate will be allowed to continue with his/her studies if a research project has not been registered within the prescribed minimum period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Holders of an Honours or a four-year professional Bachelor's degree from the University (in the case of Masters' studies) or the holders of other qualifications approved by Senate, may be accepted as candidates for the relevant degree.
  • Candidates who have passed the examinations on the grounds that they will be awarded the relevant degree by the University or on the grounds that the required status may later be granted to them, or who have in any other manner (e.g. RPL) attained a level of competence, which in Senate's opinion is adequate for the purpose of postgraduate studies or research at the required level, may be accepted as candidates for the relevant degree.
  • Apart from the general admission requirements, a candidate may be required to fulfil further requirements, e.g. supplementary work or an oral/written examination as prescribed by Senate.
  • A prospective student must contact the relevant Head of Department of Director of School wherein his/her studies will take place, before applying for admission.
  • An application for registration as a student for a postgraduate research qualification may, after approval by the Head of Department or Director of School, be processed by the Manager: Faculty Administration.
  • Where applicable, a candidate must submit a research proposal for approval by the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee within the prescribed minimum period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy. Once such approval has been obtained, an official research project is registered by the Manager: Faculty Administration.
  • Unless the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee decides otherwise, no candidate will be allowed to continue with his/her studies if a research project has not been registered within the prescribed minimum period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • The following minimum criteria must be met in order for the application to be considered:
    • The applicant must hold a BA Honours in Media Studies or a cognate discipline
    • In addition, applicants must prepare a submission (involving a portfolio of their creative work in video production, design, digital animation or scriptwriting) for the Department of Media and Communication. This submission must include the following:
      • a portfolio containing a minimum of three projects
      • a cover letter explaining the context in which the works contained in the portfolio were created
      • a reflective essay of 1000 words, in which the formal/thematic features of the portfolio works are critically discussed
    • The above will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
      • the projects of the portfolio must reflect a theoretical and creative ability consonant with NQF level 8 in terms of its experimental and innnovative dynamics
      • the reflective essay mut exhibit a critical abillity, consonant with NQF level 8 study, in terms of its appraisal of the projects and its thematization of relationships (resonances and/or dissonances) between the features of the projects
  • Selection is at the discretion of the Department of Media and Communication. However, in order to widen student access to postgradute education, students who do not possess the required BA Honours degree but who hold a BA degree and wish to be admitted to the programme on the basis of recognition of prior learning, may be given recognition in terms of the Nelson Mandela University RPL policy on the basis of their industry experience/work provided these are consonant with NQF level 8 study. However, the final decision on the RPL application rests with the Department of Media and Communication.
  • A candidate must submit a research proposal for the approval by the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee within the prescribed period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy. Once such approval has been optained, an official project is registered by the Manager: Faculty Administration.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • The following minimum criteria must be met in order for the application to be considered:
    • The applicant must hold a BA Honours in Media Studies or a cognate discipline
    • In addition, applicants must prepare a submission (involving a portfolio of their creative work in video production, design, digital animation or scriptwriting) for the Department of Media and Communication. This submission must include the following:
      • a portfolio containing a minimum of three projects
      • a cover letter explaining the context in which the works contained in the portfolio were created
      • a reflective essay of 1000 words, in which the formal/thematic features of the portfolio works are critically discussed
    • The above will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
      • the projects of the portfolio must reflect a theoretical and creative ability consonant with NQF level 8 in terms of its experimental and innnovative dynamics
      • the reflective essay mut exhibit a critical abillity, consonant with NQF level 8 study, in terms of its appraisal of the projects and its thematization of relationships (resonances and/or dissonances) between the features of the projects
  • Selection is at the discretion of the Department of Media and Communication. However, in order to widen student access to postgradute education, students who do not possess the required BA Honours degree but who hold a BA degree and wish to be admitted to the programme on the basis of recognition of prior learning, may be given recognition in terms of the Nelson Mandela University RPL policy on the basis of their industry experience/work provided these are consonant with NQF level 8 study. However, the final decision on the RPL application rests with the Department of Media and Communication.
  • A candidate must submit a research proposal for the approval by the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee within the prescribed period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy. Once such approval has been optained, an official project is registered by the Manager: Faculty Administration.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Holders of a Master's degree from the University or the holders of other qualifications approved by Senate may be accepted as candidates for the relevant degree.
  • Candidates who have passed the examinations on the grounds that they will be awarded the relevant degree by the University or on the grounds that the required status may later be granted to them, or who have in any other manner (e.g. RPL) attained a level of competence, which in Senate's opinion is adequate for the purpose of postgraduate studies or research at the required level, may be accepted as candidates for the relevant degree.
  • Apart from the general admission requirements, a candidate may be required to fulfil further requirements, e.g. supplementary work or an oral/written examination as prescribed by Senate.
  • A prospective student must contact the relevant Head of Department of Director of School wherein his/her studies will take place, before applying for admission.
  • An application for registration as a student for a postgraduate research qualification may, after approval by the Head of Department or Director of School, be processed by the Manager: Faculty Administration.
  • Where applicable, a candidate must submit a research proposal for approval by the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee within the prescribed minimum period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy. Once such approval has been obtained, an official research project is registered by the Manager: Faculty Administration.
  • Unless the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee decides otherwise, no candidate will be allowed to continue with his/her studies if a research project has not been registered within the prescribed minimum period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Holders of a Master's degree from the University or the holders of other qualifications approved by Senate may be accepted as candidates for the relevant degree.
  • Candidates who have passed the examinations on the grounds that they will be awarded the relevant degree by the University or on the grounds that the required status may later be granted to them, or who have in any other manner (e.g. RPL) attained a level of competence, which in Senate's opinion is adequate for the purpose of postgraduate studies or research at the required level, may be accepted as candidates for the relevant degree.
  • Apart from the general admission requirements, a candidate may be required to fulfil further requirements, e.g. supplementary work or an oral/written examination as prescribed by Senate.
  • A prospective student must contact the relevant Head of Department of Director of School wherein his/her studies will take place, before applying for admission.
  • An application for registration as a student for a postgraduate research qualification may, after approval by the Head of Department or Director of School, be processed by the Manager: Faculty Administration.
  • Where applicable, a candidate must submit a research proposal for approval by the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee within the prescribed minimum period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy. Once such approval has been obtained, an official research project is registered by the Manager: Faculty Administration.
  • Unless the Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee decides otherwise, no candidate will be allowed to continue with his/her studies if a research project has not been registered within the prescribed minimum period as stipulated in the postgraduate research policy.