EP 1: Africa Media Review - The Pilot

The first episode of Africa Media Review is here! In this episode, host and journalist Steven Lang connect us with media teachers, theorists, and practitioners from around South Africa. My Only Story is making headlines and uncovering ugly truths about sexual violence in several prominent South African schools. Sibusisiwe Kumbaca and Yandiswa Calane are in conversation with My Only Story associate producer Nokuthula Manyathi about the podcast. Then we are on home ground here in Makhanda, where Garfield Khanyile facilitated the conversation between two Rhodes School Journalism and Media Studies lecturers Taryn Isaacs de Vega and Dr Priscilla Boshoff. They talk about Priscilla’s hot press paper ‘Ben 10s, Sugar Mummies and the South African Gender Order’. Onto some pandemic news. South Africa went ahead with the local government elections on 1 November 2021. A free press is central to democracy, so Sakhe Tsoni and Zisanda Solwandle spoke to journalists Redi Thlabi and Raymond Joseph about the 2021 local elections. Then wrapping up, still with media coverage, the media is our primary source of legitimate and accurate Covid-19 pandemic-related news. Nwabisa Nkani and Noxolo Manyati spoke to Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism journalists Mohale Moloi and Aisha Abdool Karim about the role of the media in the pandemic.