This free-of-charge massive open online course (MOOC), available on the global edX platform, aims to empower activists, students, regulators, journalists, lawyers, and everyone interested in ensuring a free, pluralistic and independent African media.
The Wits course honours and sustains the legacy of South African media freedom and freedom of expression activist #Jeanette Minnie, who passed away in November 2016. Minnie devoted her professional life to ensuring robust civil society engagement with African media policy. She was a media activist who developed massive experience in understanding the challenges and who knew how to make changes for the better.
In the Wits course, participants get to grips with:
- Core elements of the principles of freedom of expression, media freedom, and access to information;
- Policy and practical components necessary to democratic media ecosystems;
- Regulatory and other measures that build media pluralism and diversity;
- Mechanisms of self-regulation, co-regulation, statutory regulation and regulatory independence in democratic media ecosystems;
- The practical and policy dimensions introduced by online media, online expression, and online information access; and
- Strategies for effective civil society engagement with policy and practice in support of democratic Africa media ecosystems.
Participants can take this dynamic, interactive and intellectually-engaging course, including its discussion forums, assignments and multiple-choice assessments, free of charge. Participants who wish to also receive a Verified Certificate of Achievement for the course, endorsed by edX and Wits University, can do so by passing one additional assessment and paying a $49 certification fee.
The course instructors are Prof. Justine Limpitlaw (Wits LINK Centre), Paula Fray (frayintermedia), Zoe Titus (Namibia Media Trust), Dr. Sarah Chiumbu (University of Johannesburg), and Koketso Moeti (Amandla.mobi).
Participants wishing to enrol for the course should please go to this edX course link.
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