The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism is South Africa's oldest and most trusted communications and journalism training institute, which has been around for 28 years. We offer a variety of short courses to up-skill early and mid career journalists and communicators.


21 Girton Road

Parktown, Johannesburg

South Africa 

011 482 4990



January 2021


The Promotion of Access to Information Act was designed to create a culture of transparency. It is a critical tool for journalists to be able to use in their reportage and in their quest for information that can inform the citizenry. The Protection of Personal Information Act legislation is South Africa’s data protection law to protect people from harm by protecting their personal information. As journalists is important to know how to handle people’s personal information. The PAIA and POPIA training course is designed to fill this gap and assist young reporters in navigating PAIA and POPIA and in so doing being the voice of the voiceless, telling the stories and holding the government to account.

January 2021

Social Media as a Source and Platform

Social media is a new and fundamentally different approach to attracting and retaining customers and spreading your message. When we talk about social media, we like to take a four or five pronged approach, incorporating Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, YouTube and Flickr. Whether you’re a journalist, communicator, a big corporate or a small non-governmental organisation, you can’t afford to ignore social media. Social media has the potential to provide unmatched insights into stories as they unfold  online. But many journalists and communicators’ careers have ended abruptly with errant tweets, stories and images that have led to legal battles. This course equips journalists and communicators to deal with the additional burden of “socializing” online.

January 2021

Effective Corporate Story Telling

This custom-designed course brings together the best of journalism, creative writing and corporate communication to equip participants with all the skills needed to tell compelling, impactful stories and connect with clients in their day-to-day work. The course has been designed to give participants the chance to fully understand the fundamentals of effective communication during a three-day training block, and then immediately implement what they’ve learnt by working on an assignment during a one-week break. The course wraps up with a highly-practical two-day session that allows participants to edit and improve their own work. 


Jaunary 2021

Developing a Media Strategy

The world of media is changing. In addition to TV, radio and print, you now also have on-line and mobile communications. You can no longer talk about mass media without social media. This presents communicators (in the private and public sector) with interesting challenges that could be either opportunities or landmines if they are unprepared or uninformed.

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I learned how to polish my journalism potential with the evolving Artificial Intelligence, mobile gadgets, content curation of disinformation, misinformation and mal-information escalating fake news and social media utilization in delivering news to a diverse audience.

- Kearoma Komane  from Botswana on New Trends in Journalism course

This was an excellent course, has opened my eyes to the possibilities for online and mobile. The facilitator has outdone himself and even months after the course, he is still accessible.

- Fanelo Maseko from Loxion News on the Video Editing for Online and Mobile course

Social Media as Source and Platform: I learned how to think about social media as a professional tool and to see stories and events from an angle which can be used for our brand. The course was insightful and I also learned how to use these platforms with a goal in mind rather than just randomly

Nonjabulo Kandowine

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