South Africa is home to a very active and outspoken media that takes its role as the “fourth estate” quite seriously. During Apartheid, the government routinely censored media content if it contained any sympathies towards the anti-Apartheid movement. Today, freedom of press is alive and well in South Africa, and journalists regularly launch vocal opposition to controversial government practices. Cape Town is home to South African Parliament, so those interested in journalism of a political nature will enjoy the opportunity to cover South Africa’s colorful political atmosphere. The South African magazine industry is located in the city of Cape Town and many internship opportunities exist with local publications such as outdoor magazines and travel guides.
Interns will be individually placed in a specific company within the journalism industry, based on their experience and interests. Specific job descriptions will vary by placement.
While internship availability varies, some past interns have been placed at the following organizations:
THE BIG ISSUE
The Big Issue is a general interest publication that is sold at traffic lights throughout the city by vendors who were previously homeless or economically disadvantaged. The magazine is published two times per month and has a circulation of approximately 15,000. The editorial content is very interesting and accessible, so journalists who write for the Big Issue must have a talent for writing stories that are engaging and speak to large audiences. Interns working at the Big Issue because will work directly with an editorial team, generating stories based upon their exploration of the local culture. They may also have the opportunity to help out with The Big Issue’s website and thereby develop skills in new media journalism.
Supernews is a Citizen-Generated News & Idea Network. Positioned as the ‘Robin Hood’ of the news industry and the ‘Reuters’ of citizen-generated news, Supernews is creating a paradigm shift in our perception of South Africa and Africa by offering a more uplifting, innovative and solution-driven news perspective. It emphasizes reporting the news from a new perspective and democratizing the news-making environment by positioning itself as a ‘Citizen-Generated’ and ‘Citizen-Funded’ News Network so that it remains an independent and impartial news platform, representing the public voice.
CAPE TOWN TV
Cape Town TV is a non-profit, community-based television station aimed at the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. Founded by over 200 non-profit organizations in 2006, CTV is committed to providing community access to the powerful medium of television as a tool to promote human rights, social justice and community cultural development.
Many other options exist. Be sure to indicate your specific area of interest in your cover letter and essay.