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3 Students from the Class of 2017 set to head to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference at WITS University in November.

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Class of 2017 students Franco Havenga, Vonani Ngomana and Aidan Jones have been selected to attend the
Global Investigative Journalism Conference.The conference is hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and WITS Journalism.
It happens every two years and will this year take place in South Africa at WITS University in November.Journalists who attend the conference return home to make a major impact on such issues as corruption, health care, and the environment.


Back to school for the Class of 2017 after an exciting  and educational Media Tour to Johannesburg

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The Class of 2017, accompanied by the Rykie van Reenen Fellow Andre Gouws and Administrative Assitant Ms Elizabeth Newman, recently completed a week long tour of Johannesburg. Highlights of the Tour included visits to CliffCentral including a meeting with Gareth Cliff. The tour also saw the class meeting industry experts at the offices of Caxton, Media24, Mail&Guardian, SABC and Multichoice.

Class of 2017 Launches MatieMedia: One of the country's first online student run news sites​

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The Class of 2017, under the mentorship of Rykie van Reenen Fellow Andre Gouws has launched one of the first online student run news sites in the South African University space. MatieMedia strives to provide real news that is relevant to the students and residents of Stellenbosch.This may include everything from crime, protests and breakthroughs to entertainment, sport and social events around the town. ​​MatieMedia welcomes the changing face of journalism as a challenge to broaden their skill sets, and provide valuable information in the most accessible and relevant way.They vow to fight fake news.The Journalism Department of Stellenbosch University has created a unique platform through MatieMedia in which aspiring student journalists can create online content for the Stellenbosch community and surrounding areas.


                                                                                                                                                                                                        

'The Fall' Woordfees performance


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The Class of 2017 recently watched "The Fall" - a production by UCT students that deals with the rise and development of the #RhodesMustFall movement - as part of the US Woordfees on Friday, 10 March. 
Here the students are pictured with members of the production's cast.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jaco Marais from Netwerk24




Industry insight from alumna Marita van der Vyver


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The Class of 2017 had the opportunity to meet another widely celebrated alumna, author Marita van der Vyver. She is currently at the US Woordfees to launch her newest book: "Misverstand" (also available in English as "You Lost Me")




Media Monolith Ton Vosloo shares his story and lessons with the Class of 2017


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Photo: Nardus Engelbrecht

Some members of the Class of 2017 after a US Woordfes discussion on the life of distinguished professor of the Department of Journalism, Prof Ton Vosloo.