by Judith Pillay
Grahamstown has a long history of pioneering South
African journalism and this tradition continues today.
The Grahamís Town Journal, published as early as 1831,
was the first independent newspaper published outside
of Cape Town. It progressed to eleven other newspapers
countrywide, including the Johannesburg Star. The Grahamís
Town Journal merged with Grocotts Mail in 1920 to form
what is now South Africaís oldest family newspaper.
The bi-weekly paper was sold in September 2003 to a
company which will work in conjunction with the Rhodes
Jouralism and Media Studies Department.
East Cape News is a Grahamstown based independent news
agency that supplies homegrown news to newspapers and
radio stations countrywide as well as locally to Grocottís
The Rhodes University Department of Journalism and Media
Studies continues to set the pace in the media world.
Through teaching, research, public debate and policy
development, the department stresses the role of a diverse
and independent media in empowering our nation. It also
provides students with hands- on training by involving
them in comprehensive media coverage of Grahamstownís
various festivals. During the arts and science festivals,
the student-based Cue and SciCue newspapers provide
daily coverage of festival events and program reviews.
Cue TV is available via a MultiChoice satellite broadcast,
and through satellite linkups it is now possible to
take the arts festival to viewers across the African
The Department is also responsible for the production
of the prestigious Rhodes Journalism Review, a magazine
that is aimed at working journalists of Southern Africa.
The Review enjoys a wide international readership and
relies on contributors from the industry who discuss
current media issues and engage in theoretical debates
that underlie the practice of journalism.
An equally vibrant student media venture is the popular
local campus radio station, RMR, Rhodes Music Radio.
RMR caters for listeners who enjoy entertaining, funky
music coupled with current affairs programming. The
station can be heard on 89.7 FM during term time.
Radio Grahamstown, a community-based radio station broadcasts
from studios in the old St Aidans Building. Found on
102 megahertz FM,the stationís signal reaches the entire