South Africa Courses

Students and Classes

The student population of Temple South Africa is small in number as the program is specialized. Our typical student is a  junior or senior from a college in the United States with an academic background in journalism, media, communications, film, theater as well as students majoring in the College of Liberal Arts, among others, and will have no trouble taking the journalism courses we offer in South Africa during the summer.  Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) the courses on this program will satisfy the Global/World Society requirement. Please note that you do not earn an additional three credits, but the requirement is waived as completed.

The School of Media and Communication is offering a new International Communication Concentration to SMC majors and most of the courses on the South Africa program can be used to fulfill requirements for this concentration.  More information on the International Communication Concentration can be found on the undergraduate bulletin here.  If you are interested in declaring this concentration, you must have already declared a major within the School of Media and Communication, be in good academic standing and complete this form (PDF) and return it to the Advising Center in Room 9 in Annenberg Hall.  You should also consider making an appointment with an academic advisor prior to declaring the concentration to go over your academic progress.

Journalism 3751: Foreign Study in Journalism (6 s.h.)

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 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.

Students will choose between either a production track or a research track.  Students who select the production option will research, produce, and edit stories in formats – written text, audio, video, multimedia web or photography. Students who select the research option will research and write weekly research papers on topics ranging from mass media, social media, and the rapidly changing political, social, cultural and economic issues in post-Apartheid South Africa. Weekly guest speakers will include journalists, media professionals, business people, civil society activists, and academics.

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 South Africa 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.

Please view the video below, which was completed by Rebecca Kerner, an alumna of the program, for an example of what students produce for their assignments.

The 2014 Faculty Director

Professor Linn Washington, Jr. teaches courses in news reporting, investigative reporting, and journalism law in the Journalism Department at Temple University. He has many years’ experience as an investigative reporter. He is the author of the book Black Judges on Justice: Perspectives from the Bench.  He co-led the South Africa Summer 2013 program and has led the SMC Study Away London program, as well.  He didn’t think twice when presented the opportunity to return to South Africa, a fascinating country he first visited in 2010.  Assisting this eager group of students experience and record vibrant facets of life South Africa that mirror the promises and problems of America is a fulfillment that excels his two previous study away directorships in London. Being in South Africa again also presents unique chances for him to continue the foreign reporting he has conducted in nine countries on three continents over three decades. The multi-media reporting and production students will do in South Africa is light years from the old typewriters he used as a cub reporter after graduating from Temple University in 1973 — but the fundamentals remain: accurate, fact-based journalism, which he hopes to teach all the students that join him in South Africa this summer.