Journalism Residency South Africa

  • Medill student group picture in South Africa

About This Program

  • Location: Johannesburg or Cape Town, South Africa
  • Term: Spring Quarter
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Eligibility: Open to Medill BSJ students, in their junior year. Students must also receive a satisfactory grade in JOUR 372: International Journalism: South Africa during the Winter Quarter prior to their JR.
  • Program type:  Journalism Residency
  • Program credits: 4 NU credits

Spring Quarter 2017

  • Application deadline: May 9, 2016
  • Program dates: To be confirmed

Spring Quarter 2017: $18,608

Total fees charged by Northwestern: $16,208, includes: 

  • $10,398 tuition fee covers courses and excursions
  • $110 for GeoBlue Health Insurance
  • $4,000 housing fee covers lodging at guesthouses in Johannesburg and Cape Town
  • $2,300 for transportation expenses, including international airfare and a local transportation stipend
  • $0 Study Abroad Administrative Fee

Estimated additional costs: $1,800, includes:

  • $1,800 for discretionary expenses, including meals, personal expenses, and incidentals

Global JR students do not receive an hourly wage from their sites or qualify for the stipend available to domestic JR students.

Financial aid recipients participating in global JR programs can use their aid toward program costs, and students may be eligible for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are also subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs. Contact Medill or IPD, or review our Financial Considerations for more information.

Overview

The South Africa Journalism Residency program provides a unique and exciting opportunity for Medill students to live and work in Africa for 11 weeks while completing degree requirements.

Journalism Residency placements in South Africa are available in magazine, newspaper/online, and broadcast/video. Examples of past placements can be found here, under the Global section.

The program will begin with an orientation and briefing in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and includes an excursion to Kruger National Park. This comprehensive orientation program will provide an overview of important topics in South Africa, interviews with media contacts, tours of Johannesburg and Cape Town sites, and practical tips.

Students should talk to South Africa faculty advisers Douglas Foster and Ava Greenwell for advice about placement options for this program. Students will have a multi-tiered support network while they’re on their residencies, including an on-site supervisor, a local coordinator, a Medill faculty adviser, and support from IPD.

Housing & Meals

Housing is provided, with selections based on proximity to work, comfort and safety. Students completing their JR’s in Johannesburg will stay either at the Ginnegaap Guest House in Melville or at Liz at Lancaster Guest House in Craighall Park. Students completing their JR's in Cape Town will stay in Daddy Long Legs Self-Catering Apartments, or something similar. Accommodations offer shared double or triple rooms in flats or apartments, with access to kitchen facilities. Students are responsible for all meals during the JR period; some meals during the briefing week will be provided.

Courses

This is a Northwestern program with a set curriculum, so students must enroll in one of the following Medill courses during their JR term: JR-Magazine, JR-Newspaper/Online, JR-Broadcast/Video and JR-Marketing Communications. All courses and grades appear on students' Northwestern transcript and are figured into their Northwestern GPA.

Students must also enroll in JOUR 372: International Journalism: South Africa, taught by Douglas Foster and Ava Greenwell, during the Winter Quarter prior to their JR. This course covers South African history, politics, cultural trends and media landscape and must be completed with a satisfactory grade in order to remain eligible to participate in the program.

Students must also complete all JR prerequisite courses. For more details on Medill’s Journalism Residency program, click here.

Excursions

Johannesburg & Cape Town

During briefing week, students will receive a media orientation and visit important historical and cultural sites in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Possible visits in Johannesburg include Soweto, the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, and the Cradle of Humankind. Possible visits in Cape Town include the District Six Museum, St. Georges Cathedral, and Robben Island. 

Kruger National Park

Under the direction of noted scholar David Bunn, a Northwestern University alumnus, students will visit Kruger National Park. Students will participate in activities rarely open to other visitors, including game viewing drives, night walks in the veld, and the culture, history, research, and challenges of Kruger National Park.