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. The production option will allow students to experience what it would be like to work as a foreign correspondent in South Africa. 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. The photography track offers students an opportunity work alongside South African photography students and receive be training and mentoring from experienced South African photographers, and then work on a project related to a social issue, all organized through the Market Photo Workshop, in Johannesburg.
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, or multimedia web stories as well as a collective social media site that they work on in small teams. Exemplary stories and documentaries 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. Students in the photography track work on a project pertaining to a social issue of interest to them. They spend about four weeks producing a body of work that is then displayed on exhibit at the Market Photo Workshop in the last week of the program and at a Temple gallery in the Fall.
Summer 2014 program dates: July 7 – August 16, 2014*tentative
Application deadline: March 1, 2014
South Africa Study Away – Reports in the Media and Awards
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 it’s closing reception and you can read the full story here.
NBC 10 reported on our students breaking the stereotype of where to study abroad. Read more about what it’s like to study in South Africa and what they worked on while living in Melville.
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. Check out the article here. 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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Global Philadelphia Association covered the Summer 2013 TU South Africa program with an article written by an SMC alumnae. Read the article here.
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 here and learn more about the Global Temple Conference presentations here.
Read insights on his time in South Africa from Linn Washington, Jr., Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Summer 2013 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 and can be found here.
TUTV aired the stories produced by the Summer 2011 program participants and all stories are available online here.
EPPYs (Editor and Publisher)
• Temple University – Philadelphia Neighborhoods: South Africa
• Temple University – Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Abandoned Property
• Temple University – Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Smoking
Society of Professional Journalists – Region 1
- Study topics ranging from mass media, social media and the rapidly changing political, social, cultural and economic issues in post-Apartheid South Africa
- Produce weekly journalistic stories and a longer documentary project
- Take classes in communications or journalism with a focus on news and documentary production or a focus on media research
- Live in the trendy Melville neighborhood, of the northwestern suburbs of Johannesburg, where journalists, artists, students and musicians frequent the many sidewalk cafes ad restaurants
- Visit historical Apartheid museums, World Heritage sites and media organizations based in Johannesburg
Check out this interview with South Africa alum, Nick Peterson!
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