The role the media have played in forging a feeling of national unity after the rugby victory is commendable. And indeed, it must have been an inspiring change for editors to devote so much space to good-news stories. But imagine what change we can bring about if the same amount of space is devoted to…
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Professor Lizette Rabe holds a DPhil degree from Stellenbosch University and is professor and chair of the department of journalism -- the first woman to hold this position. She began her professional career in 1979 as a reporter on the Naspers publication Die Burger in Cape Town. In 1982 she was promoted to another Naspers publication, the magazine Sarie. There she has worked in various positions, taking her to assistant editor, deputy editor and eventually editor -- becoming the first woman to become editor of an Afrikaans Naspers publication. Lizette is the author or co-author of seven books. She is, among others, a council member of the South African National Editors' Forum, and a member of the South African Communication Association, the American Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the South African Society for Cultural History. She served as founder judge for the first Vodacom Journalist of the Year competition in 2001 and has been a judge since. She is also convener of Media24 Magazines' competition for journalistic excellence. Her academic research interests include media and gender, media history, media management, journalism practice and journalism education.
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