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Prof Arnold (Arrie) de Beer

De Beer (MA RAU; MIJ Baylor; PhD Potchefstroom) is a Professor Extraordinary in the Journalism Department. His research topics include the role of media in South African society, news flow and journalism education. Presently he is the African coordinator of the Worlds of Journalism Study, the largest international research project yet dealing with the role of journalists. In 1980 he founded Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (ENAJS) and is presently managing editor of this ISI listed journal. He is also the editor of Global Journalism (Pearson). A former journalist with Die Burger and Die Transvalue, he was editor of the Ensiklopedie van die Wêreld before moving to academe. He was head of the departments of communication at Free State University and the University of the North-West (Potchefstroom) and acting head at the University of Johannesburg (RAU). He is a former member of the SABC Board, SA Press Council, and the Appeals Committee of the SA Press Ombudsman. He was the first recipient of the Stals Prize in the field of communication, which was awarded by the SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns. He was a visiting scholar at the universities of Washington, Baylor, and Indiana-Purdue, as well as a professor extraordinary at the University of the Western Cape.


For information about the Department in which De Beer is based, click here.