South Africa Courses

2017 Thematic Focus

The 2017 South Africa program will examine two topics that literally exist hidden in plain sight: the lives of South Africans of Indian ancestry and lower-income Afrikaners. This focus for the program’s journalistic coverage and research component will take student participants into vibrant communities inside Johannesburg, into virtually unknown areas outside of Johannesburg and into Durban, South Africa’s second largest and often ignored city that is located on the Indian Ocean. The time spent in Johannesburg and Durban will include presentations from experts about current events, contemporary dynamics, social trends, politics, culture, and media operations. These presentations are designed to elevate understandings that are required for effective reporting and research while in South Africa. The 2017 South Africa study abroad is the program where adventure and academics combine for unique and unforgettable experiences. Come learn about South Africa and ‘learn from’ this country that is remarkably similar to the United States yet is starkly different.

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.

International Communication Concentration

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.Faculty Director

Faculty Program Leader

Summer 2017: Linn Washington

While completing my undergraduate degree at Temple University, I never imagined that one day I would teach at this university. As a Temple undergraduate my desired career path was television news, working either as a field director or a foreign correspondent. However, my career has taken me through newspapers (daily, alternative and ethnic) in a variety of posts from police beat reporting to executive editor. That career has included a Fellowship at the Yale Law School, where I received a Masters degree and a serving as Special Assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. While I never worked as a television news director, I have worked as a foreign correspondent, reporting from eight countries on three continents.

The education I received at Temple equipped me with skills I needed to succeed in life. At Temple I acquired excellent instruction in journalism techniques plus intangibles like building self-confidence and resourcefulness. Perhaps the most valuable lesson I learned at Temple was the value of ‘hard work’ – a lesson that has paid dividends inside and outside of the work place.

I teach courses in news writing, investigative reporting, journalism law and multi-media reporting. I was a co-creator of this department’s innovative Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab (MURL). For eight years I directed/co-directed PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, the department’s capstone class. Student work in that urban reporting focused class earned nearly three-dozen regional and national journalism awards during my time with that program and Best Practices recognition from AEJMC.

In addition to teaching and service, I continue to work as a professional journalist for news entities (print and online) across America and in Europe. I have received award recognition for that journalism and frequently serve as an expert commentator on news programs including appearances on CNN and the BBC World Service. I have directed study abroad programs for Temple’s School of Communications in London and South Africa.

Recognizing how Temple University contributed to my career advancements, I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to serve my alma mater as a professor.