Anthea Garman

Anthea Garman
Rhodes University | RU · School of Journalism and Media Studies

PhD

About

45
Publications
10,203
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
146
Citations
Citations since 2017
19 Research Items
102 Citations
201720182019202020212022202305101520
201720182019202020212022202305101520
201720182019202020212022202305101520
201720182019202020212022202305101520
Introduction
I teach writing and editing, long form journalism and academic writing in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa (www.ru.ac.za/jms). I supervise postgraduate students' research projects. I edit the Rhodes Journalism Review (www.rjr.ru.ac.za), a specialist magazine aimed at the journalists of Africa and I write a blog on writing, reading and research at (www.writexgenres.wordpress.com). I lead the research project called "Licence to Talk".
Additional affiliations
July 2011 - present
Rhodes University
Position
  • Leader of research team
Description
  • The project aims to establish how notions of media, citizenship and democracy are articulated in actually-existing social contexts and thus provide a better understanding of how media could contribute to the improvement of democratic participation.
January 1997 - present
Rhodes University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • I teach introductory media theory to first years. I teach journalism practice to third year writing and editing students. I teach long form journalism to final year BJourn students. I supervise honours students, masters students and doctoral students.
Education
January 2004 - December 2008
University of the Witwatersrand
Field of study
  • Constitution of Public Intellectual Life Research Project

Publications

Publications (45)
Article
Full-text available
Purpose In this study, the authors aim to probe the relationship between listening and lurking and discuss types of lurking that occur on social media sites based on the motivations driving them. Although listening is a significant practice of online attention, intimacy, connection, obligation and participation as much as voice is, it is yet to rec...
Chapter
Full-text available
This chapter discusses research on the capacity and effectiveness of government's communications strategy as South Africa went through the various stages of lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. It probes the working relationship between communications from all spheres of government and community, private, digital, and social media, as wel...
Article
In many African countries where people are brutally divided along ethnic, political and religious lines, a polarised media is likely to worsen the status quo. In this reflective essay, we explore what solutions journalism is and make a case for its application in journalism practice. We argue that the application of the six approaches to reporting...
Book
Full-text available
Sustainable journalism addresses two intertwined challenges of our time: ~ The sustainability crisis of society, e.g. environmental crises, democratic crises, poverty, financial crises, armed conflicts, etc. Obviously, journalism has a crucial role to play here since it contributes greatly to the public agenda, as well as people’s understanding – a...
Code
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Sustainable journalism addresses two intertwined challenges of our time: ~ The sustainability crisis of society, e.g. environmental crises, democratic crises, poverty, financial crises, armed conflicts, etc. Obviously, journalism has a crucial role to play here since it contributes greatly to the public agenda, as well as people’...
Presentation
Full-text available
Convener: Martina Della Togna Purpose and relevance of study This chapter investigates the capacity and effectiveness of government's communications strategy as the country went through the various stages of lockdown under the Covid-19 pandemic. The study probes the working relationship between government communications (at national, provincial, di...
Article
Full-text available
In sub-Saharan Africa, Fojo Media Institute and five other organisations are jointly promoting independent journalism and protecting the space for civil society organisations and human rights defenders. Bringing together academics and researchers in four universities in South Africa and Sweden, this project is part of the project: Consortium to Pro...
Chapter
South Africa is going through a moment of powerful political rupture. This rupture is not so much with the apartheid or colonial past as with the immediate democratic past, which has failed to deliver on its promises of equality for all and lacks a credible rupture with the apartheid past. South Africa’s rate of protest since 1994 has been alarming...
Chapter
Student activists in South Africa have put the decolonisation of higher education firmly on the agenda, demanding that researchers and teachers pay attention to something in particular that is very hard to hear and very possibly unhearable. These young, black South Africans are the intellectual force upon whom we are depending for the altered futur...
Article
Full-text available
Alongside the mainstream media is the emergence of multiple publications and outlets on digital media platforms, and the outpouring of stories and experiences which prioritise the situations of young people, women, and black South Africans. How do young, black women using these platforms understand their worth as vehicles for expression, and how do...
Article
Since 1994, South African journalism education has undergone waves of introspection about curricula and methods of teaching as educators respond to the challenging realities of the post-apartheid environment. The most recent challenge to journalism educators is the student protests which started at the end of 2015, questioning the high costs of edu...
Article
Political theorists like Bickford (1996) and media theorists like Couldry (2006) have introduced the concept of listening as a complement to long-standing discussions about voice in democracies and in the media which serve the democratic project. This enhanced understanding of voice goes beyond just hearing into giving serious attention to, in part...
Article
Several scholars have noted that citizen journalism in the West is essentially an online phenomenon, driven by the affordability of Internet technologies. In Africa, projects such as Ushahidi in Kenya have been enabled by platforms such as cell phones and social networks. Voices of Africa, based in southern Africa, publishes on the web only. Publis...
Article
Drawing on Bourdieu’s theories of field and capital, we examine the limitations that a journalism school at a prestigious university faces in making a meaningful contribution to the field within a developing country. In the postapartheid South African media landscape, journalism is under pressure both from global forces and a political imperative t...
Article
In 2014 South Africa celebrated 20 years of democracy, and for many of the ‘Born Frees’ – those who came of age politically after 1996 – this was their first opportunity to vote in national elections. With democracy came the promise for South Africa's marginalised majority of voice and agency, but also the implicit promise that their democratically...
Research
Full-text available
When I was a child at a Johannesburg government school in the 1960s and 1970s I never read one single book in English literature lessons written by a South African or about South Africa. When I did a degree in English literature at the University of the Witwatersrand the entire curriculum (but for a single option called “South African literature”)...
Research
Full-text available
This paper investigates the ways in which mainstream and community media in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa understand listening as an important part of their role as journalists. Interviews probed the attitudes of journalists and editors to the notion of listening, and also interrogated their own understanding of what their role is in So...
Research
Full-text available
Jonny Steinberg, one of the South Africa’s pre-eminent writers of nonfiction, has produced a steady flow of books since 2002 which have dealt with some of the new democracy’s most intractable problems. AIDS, crime, gangs and xenophobia are some of the subjects he has told stories about – mostly through one primary character whose life he inhabits (...
Article
Full-text available
In terms of nationality, Alexandra Fuller is difficult to pigeonhole. She was born in England but from age two was brought up in Southern Africa (mostly Rhodesia). She married an American working in Zambia and then moved to Wyoming to raise a family. She has written three books about her family, their peripatetic life, and the violence of decoloniz...
Article
In 1994, South Africans embarked on a project to create new meanings of citizenship in order to transcend the disenfranchisement and divisions created by apartheid. This article examines the context in which new forms of citizenship are evolving in South Africa and how South African citizens use the media to give meaning to concepts such as “an act...
Article
Full-text available
Drawing on a wide range of theoretical and empirical studies, the articles in this special issue examine issues of citizenship and belonging in South Africa. Questions of belonging and citizenship are neither novel, nor particular to South Africa – they have been high on the intellectual (and popular) agenda internationally since at least the early...
Article
Full-text available
By examining young people's habits of using the media in relation to citizenship, this article responds to calls that the starting point for research into citizenship and democracy should be the perspectives of citizens themselves. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative research with young South Africans (the ‘born free’ generation), the stud...
Book
Full-text available
Democratic South Africa, with its highly inclusive constitution and embrace of all races, creeds and colours, could be understood as having an ideal form of citizenship to be emulated by other nations. At the heart of the 1996 constitution is the eradication of apartheid separation and the provision that all South Africans have shared humanity (‘ub...
Article
Full-text available
At the heart of the 1996 South African Constitution is a new vision of citizenship. The Constitution is premised on the eradication of apartheid separation and provisions for a shared humanity. Bearing in mind an authoritarian history and a systematic denial of voice to the majority of people, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission entrenched the...
Article
Full-text available
The prevalent depiction of the heyday of the public sphere and its fall from grace under present-day, publicity-ridden, highly commercialised media, with their individualised address of entertainment, is an inadequate conception of today's complex public spheres. The 18th-century bourgeois public sphere had a number of features – often repressed in...
Article
Full-text available
Anthea Garman reviews Mmatshilo Mostsi's Hearing visions seeing voices
Chapter
Full-text available
After the books of Hannah Arendt (The Human Condition, 1958) and Jurgen Habermas (Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, 1962) the concept of public sphere has undergone enormous changes and critical evaluations. The International Conference Public Sphere Reconsidered, organized in May 19 and 20 by the Faculty of Arts and Letters from Univ...
Article
Full-text available
Debates about whether journalism is a “trade” and can only be learnt “on the job”, or whether journalism should even be taught at universities, are no longer fruitful or even interesting for teachers in tertiary environments. The far more important discussion around the teaching of journalism should be on the approach which focuses too exclusively...
Article
Full-text available
As a result of the publication of Country of my Skull, an extraordinary literary enactment of witness and confession, Antjie Krog has become internationally known as a writer profoundly engaged with the events and human drama uncovered by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her voice is read as that of an expert witness of trauma...
Article
Full-text available
While Krog's significant body of work in poetry, prose and journalism is undoubtedly central in her trajectory towards international renown, in this essay I explore the dynamics of her “meteoric rise in status”. The news media's role in mediating Krog to the world for nearly 40 years becomes crucial to this investigation. I use a mix of media theor...
Article
Full-text available
Truth commissions around the world have given the technique of confession a new public currency and political power. Many works of literature thematising these commissions have also adopted the technique of confession for literary purposes. In this paper I bring Foucault's understanding of the technique of confession, and his discourse on the role...

Network

Cited By