JBF 2020 TRAINING WORKSHOP
JOURNALISM IN THE TIME OF COVID 19: COLLABORATION AND COLLUSION
Format: CLOSED TRAINING WORKSHOP
Date and Time: Saturday, 14 November 2020, 0900 – 1630
Venue: House of Movements, and Zoom and Facebook Livestream
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The global Covid-19 pandemic has exposed for all to see the rampant inequalities and unsustainability of the current status quo. For all who may have been in doubt before, Covid-19 has without doubt lifted the veil revealing for all to see in whose interests the South African government will act upon and maintain – White Monopoly Capital (WMC).
What has also become clear during this pandemic is how ensconced the established and mainstream media, and particularly professional journalism in South Africa is with WMC, ensuring and maintaining the ideas and politics that keep WMC hegemonic. From radio to television to digital and print to social media, the South African mainstream media has pushed the narrative that “we are all in this together” down the public’s throat. The reality is that the ruling class has been taken care of with bailouts, tax cuts, and “Covid-19 relief funding” to make sure big business stays afloat during a near 6-month national lockdown. On the other hand, ordinary and working class citizens have been left to fend for themselves in the face of mass retrenchments, repressive state brutality, starvation, evictions, abuse and exploitation.
So, in the time of a pandemic that threatens to decimate the working class, working class journalism has become even more important. The training workshop is aimed at activists, and will cover basic journalistic skills, like interviewing, research, article writing, etc, but will also include important political education work that will orient working class activist-journalists towards building a working class media movement.
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Facilitators: Searatoa Van Driel,
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