South Africa Program

The summer program in South Africa offers students an opportunity to produce journalistic and documentary narrative, a body of photographic work or to conduct research. This program will have a journalistic focus with the prime purpose of producing ‘news content.’ This production will be multi-media inclusive of audio, photographs, text and video. The production/equipment format will focus on use of mobile media. The production option will allow students to experience what it would be like to work as a foreign correspondent in South Africa. The program can accommodate students who do not have a journalism/production background such, as students interested in conducting term-paper-style research. However, that research must have a journalism-media focused topic. The research option will provide students an opportunity to conduct research on a range of topics related to mass media, communication technologies, politics, culture and economics in post-Apartheid South Africa.

A unique aspect of the Temple South Africa program is that each student will return home with a body of work that they produced while in South Africa.  For production students that would include their written text, audio, video, photo or multimedia web stories as well as a collective social media site that they work on in small teams.  Exemplary stories will be nominated for a variety of collegiate and other journalism and documentary awards, as is evidenced below.  Research students will develop an intimate knowledge of their research topic and will be encouraged to present their findings at conferences in the Fall, and specifically at the annual Global Temple Conference held  on Main Campus in November.

Program Dates:

Summer 2014 program dates: July 7 – August 16, 2014 *tentative
Summer 2015 program dates: July 6 – August 15, 2015 *tentative

Six week program layout

Week One: You will spend the first week on Temple’s campus attending orientation sessions which will include presentations on South African culture, history, and politics and instruction on multi-media production and reporting/research techniques and social media for reporters.

Week Two:  During the second week students will engage in educational field trips to locations around Johannesburg where organizations and/or individuals will provide instructional, contextual or informational presentations.  More information and details can be found on the student life page.

Week Three: Students will have the unique opportunity to work with designated media entities in the Johannesburg area, during the third week.  Job shadowing will enable students to get an experience with persons providing news coverage in South Africa.

Week Four: During the fourth week students will work on producing their own news content and will have the opportunity to hear from media experts during evening presentations.

Week Five: The fifth week of the program and final week in South Africa students will work to finalize their production of assignments. This week will include a few presentations from experts in the evening along with program-end activities.

Week Six: Students will conduct post-production finalization and completion of all projects, research students included, at Temple University.

Application deadline: March 1, 2014

Reports in the Media and Awards

2014 student Cambriae Bates was awarded an EPPY for Best College/University News or Event Feature Video for her piece, “Mother Told Me, Speak.” Check it out below and read more about Cambriae and her study away experience here.

Through a special edition of the Philadelphia Daily News, nine Temple University students had articles published in the August 16, 2014 print and online editions of the newspaper.  Read about this opportunity afforded to the TU South Africa Summer 2014 students and find the link to each of their stories which were posted on the Daily News website, too.

Students in the photography track from the Summer 2013 program showed their work at an exhibit at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg in August 2013 and again in November at the Photography Department Triangle Gallery within Tyler School of Art.  Temple Update covered the exhibit and its closing reception, and you can read the full story here.

NBC 10 reported on our students breaking the stereotype of where to study abroad. NBC 10 writes a follow-up to their piece from August 2013 on the TU South Africa program, this time covering their big win at the 2013 EPPY’s for Best Use of Social Media for News Services with Under 1 Million Unique Month Visitors for their innovative TU South Africa Tumblr. The other social media platforms where content was produced for the program can be found on a variety of TU South Africa sites such as FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Global Philadelphia Association covered the Summer 2013 TU South Africa program with an article written by an SMC alumnae.

TU South Africa students in the photography track present their work during a weeklong photo exhibit culminating in a reception following the Global Temple Conference, where students and faculty from the 2013 program also presented their work. Read the story about their photo exhibit and learn more about the Global Temple Conference presentations (PDF).

Read insights on his time in South Africa from Linn Washington, Jr., Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Summer 2013 and 2014 South Africa Faculty Director, that were published in the Philadelphia Tribune.  His stories include a profile of resident of Kliptown and participant in the Kliptown Youth Program, an inside look at the man who brought the home of Nelson Mandela to the masess, a story about the many people, even Philadelphians, that played a role in the anti-apartheid movement, an uplifting story on, Lesedi la Batho, a community center doing good in South Africa and a profile of legendary soccer star and anti-apartheid activist, Nkosi Molala, who introduced the Study Away group to Lesedi la Batho.

Student stories from the South Africa Study Away program are published on the Department of Journalism’s news website as well.

TUTV aired the stories produced by the Summer 2011 program participants and all stories are available online.

EPPYs (Editor and Publisher)

Winner for Best Use of Social Media for News Services with Under 1 Million Unique Monthly Visitors 2013

Finalist for Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Report 2012

Society of Professional Journalists – Region 1

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS)

Nic’s nomination, as well as others, is covered in a story available on Temple’s website and you can watch his piece below!

Read the story about Lauren’s Emmy award winning documentary and view her work from the Summer 2011 program below!

Program Highlights

Check out this interview with South Africa alum, Nick Peterson!

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