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General information
Full names: Hermanus Jacobus Wasserman (Herman)
Date and Place of Birth: 29 July 1969, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Contact details:
h.wasserman@ru.ac.za
hwasserman@imasa.org




Current positions held:
Professor of Journalism and Media/Cultural Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa.
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield, UK




Academic Qualifications
DLitt (2000, University of Stellenbosch) Afrikaans literature. Thesis: The construction of
postcolonial cultural identity in post-apartheid Afrikaans short fiction
MA cum laude (1997, University of Stellenbosch) Afrikaans literature
HonsB (Journalism) (1994, University of Stellenbosch)
HonsBA (Afrikaans Literature) cum laude (1993, University of Stellenbosch)
BA (1992, University of Stellenbosch)


Scholarships, bursaries, fellowships
2010
Fellow of Media Ethics Colloquium on“Who can and should watch the watchdog in the
Twitter Age?”, University of Missouri St Louis, USA, April.
2009
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK seminar series grant “Widening Ethnic
Diversity in Journalism: Towards Solutions” (Co-investigator, total grant £17 389).
2007
Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) (South Africa) grant for research
project “Global Media Ethics: Fundamental Values Amid Plurality”. (Project leader; co-
investigators Clifford Christians, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stephen J
Ward, University of British Columbia, Shakuntala Rao, State University of New York).
2007-2009
British Academy grant for a three-year project ‘Political Communication in New
Democracies’. (Research participant; PI Katrin Voltmer, Leeds University; Total grant £79
813).
2007
South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Niche Area Grant: “Transitions and
translations: language, culture and identity in developing societies”(co-investigator; not taken
up due to relocation to the UK).
Grants from Vice-chancellor (Research), Dean of Arts and Humanities and International
Office of the University of Stellenbosch to host an international roundtable “In Search of
Global Media Ethics”, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies.
2006
Fulbright Scholarship. Visiting Scholar at School of Journalism and the African Studies
Program, Indiana University (Bloomington, USA).
South African National Research Foundation International Science Liaison Research Grant.
Visiting Scholar at School of Journalism and the African Studies Program, Indiana University
(Bloomington, USA).
2003-2005
Various research and travel grants, University of Stellenbosch.
2003
Fellow of Media Ethics Colloquium “Media , Ethics and Politics”, School of Journalism,
University of Missouri, USA.
South African National Research Foundation International Science Liaison Research Grant to
attend international conference.
2001
Rykie van Reenen Fellowship as visiting lecturer, Department of Journalism, University of
Stellenbosch.


1999
Bursaries awarded to conduct year-long doctoral research at Leiden University, The
Netherlands:
       National Research Foundation doctoral bursary
       Van Ewijk Foundation Bursary
       Opperman Bursary
       Harry Crossley Bursary
       Dutch Language Union Bursary.
1994
Media24 bursary to study B.Hons Journalism full-time at University of Stellenbosch



Work Experience
As of 1 August 2010:
Professor of Journalism and Media/Cultural Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa.
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield, UK


1 September 2008-31 July 2009
Senior Lecturer in Journalism Studies, Department of Journalism Studies, University of
Sheffield, UK.
Responsibilities include:
       Teaching and supervision:
       Teaching MA modules Global Journalism; Ethics and Regulation; Journalism,
       Globalisation, and Development. Supervising dissertations and theses from BA to
       PhD level. Course leader of MA Global Journalism.


       Research:
       Conducting research, presenting conference papers and publishing research outputs.
       Arranging and hosting research seminars and conferences (e.g. seminar on media
       coverage of mass violence and genocide, June 2009; seminar on political
       communication in new democracies, September 2009; seminar on ethnic diversity in
       newsrooms)
       Writing funding proposals for research grant bids.
       Hosting visiting scholars


       Administration and leadership:
       Member of Departmental Research Executive, which deals with departmental research
       policies and strategies (including RAE/REF submissions, research focus areas, grants
       etc.)
       Departmental coordinator of international student exchanges (Erasmus programme
       and Study Abroad programme, including student visit to Media Representation at the
       European Commission in Brussels)
        Member of working group for curriculum design on undergraduate and postgraduate
       levels. Designed new MA in Global Journalism, and as course leader responsible for
       course accreditation, admissions and co-ordinating delivery of modules.


Employer’s address:
Prof Jackie Harrisson, HoD
Department of Journalism Studies
The University of Sheffield
18-22 Regent Street,
Sheffield S1 3NJ
UK
Tel +44 (0) 114 222 2500


1 July 2007-31 July 2009
Associate Professor Extraordinary, Department of Journalism, University of Stellenbosch,
South Africa.
Acting as supervisor for two PhD candidates.


Employer’s address:
Prof Lizette Rabe, HoD
Department of Journalism
University of Stellenbosch
Private Bag X1
Matieland 7602
South Africa
Tel +27 (0)21 808 3488
1 July 2007-31 August 2008
Lecturer in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies, Newcastle University, UK.
Responsibilities include:
       Teaching and supervision:
       Teaching modules Global Media and Media Analysis on BA and MA degree
       programmes.
       Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.


       Research:
       Conducting research, presenting conference papers and publishing outputs.
       Writing funding proposals for research grant bids.
       Hosting visiting scholars


       Administration and Leadership:
        Chair of Board of Studies for undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes


Employer’s address:
Prof Deborah Chambers
School of Arts and Cultures
Armstrong Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 5336
Reason for leaving: Offered position as senior lecturer at University of Sheffield


1 January 2002-30 June 2007
Associate Professor of Journalism (2006-2007)/ Senior Lecturer (2002-2005), Department of
Journalism, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
       Responsibilities include:
       Teaching and supervision:
       Teaching modules on Media Ethics, Media Culture & the Information Society, Media
       and Society, Broadcast Journalism, Arts Journalism on BPhil and MPhil level.
       Supervision of MPhil and DPhil research projects, dissertations and theses.

       Research:
       Conducting research, presenting conference papers and producing research
       publication outputs
       Writing of funding proposals for research grant bids.
       Co-ordinating administration of research output by members of the department.
       Arranging and hosting colloquia, workshops and conferences
       Hosting visiting scholars

       Administration and leadership:
       Co-ordinator of Master’s and Doctoral programmes. Curriculum development and
       general management and administration of MPhil and DPhil                 programmes.
       Established and co-ordinated seminar week for part-time MPhil students.
       Departmental facilitator for the recognition of prior learning (RPL) of graduate
       applicants.
       Co-responsible for selection and admission of new BPhil, MPhil and DPhil applicants
       Co-ordinating students’ involvement in community radio station (MFM) and
       representing department on radio station’s controlling body (until 2004)


Employer’s address:
Prof Lizette Rabe
Department of Journalism
University of Stellenbosch
Private Bag X1
Matieland 7602
South Africa
Tel +27 (0)21 808 3488
Reason for leaving: After sabbatical leave as visiting fellow at Indiana University in the USA
at the end of 2006, I realised I needed to gain further international experience and was offered
a position to help develop a new programme in media and cultural studies at Newcastle
University, UK.

2001

   Rykie van Reenen Fellowship in the Department of Journalism, University of
   Stellenbosch, South Africa (Secondment from Media24)

1995-2001
   Journalist at Die Burger newspaper, Cape Town.

   Responsibilities include:
   Intially general news reporting, crime reporting, municipal reporting, as well as sub-
   editing in the night office.
   In 1996 moved to arts desk where I was arts writer and books editor and editor of
   Boekewêreld, a national books supplement of Media24.


   Did freelance reporting for weekly newspaper City Press, several magazines (including
   Insig, De Kat) and the online publication Litnet.
Reason for leaving: Offered a secondment as Rykie van Reenen Fellow to Department of
Journalism, Stellenbosch University.



Teaching and Supervision Experience

 Teaching and supervision experience at universities in South Africa and the United Kingdom
on all levels from undergraduate to PhD – as indicated above under work experience and
posts held. Summary of supervision:
University of Stellenbosch:
Supervised 16 MPhil Journalism dissertations.
Responsible for research mentoring of a Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, dr Tanja
Bosch. (2005-2006)
In capacity as Associate Professor Extraordinary, currently supervising two PhD theses:
Gabriel Botma (“Manufacturing cultural capital: Arts journalism at Die Burger 1990-1999”)
Tom Fox (“Mass media, Lifestyle and Young Adults’ (un)Reflexive Negotiation of
Individual Identities in Windhoek’).
Newcastle University:
Supervised BA and MA dissertations as part of taught courses
University of Sheffield:
Supervised BA and MA dissertations as part of taught courses
Currently supervising a PhD thesis: Lily Canter (How the internet has changed the
relationship between journalists and their audiences: A case study of UK regional
newspapers).


Rhodes University
Supervising Loyiso Mbatha, MA 2010-2011
Supervising Jacinta Maweu, PhD 2010-


Visiting supervisor:
Resource Person (2005) at the Media and Governance Institute at the Council for
Development of Social Science Research (Codesria) in Dakar, Senegal. Conducted research
workshops for doctoral students from several African countries.
Second supervisor (2008) for Master of Journalism thesis by Sunny Freeman (Media ethics in
South Africa) at University of British Columbia, Canada.
Second supervisor (2008) for Master’s thesis by Marl Pluijmen (Afrikaans media after
apartheid), Leiden University, The Netherlands


External examiner
Appointed external examiner for universities in South Africa, Ghana, Australia and the
United Kingdom ranging from BA to PhD:
       University of Central Lancashire, UK and Guangzhou, China (Undergraduate and
       Masters in International Journalism)
       University of Leeds (Masters in International Journalism)
       Westminster University, UK (PhD)
        University of Queensland, Australia (PhD)
       University of Ghana (Masters)
       Rhodes University (undergraduate, Masters, Doctoral)
       University of the Witwatersrand (undergraduate, Honours and Masters)
       University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Masters)
       University of Pretoria (PhD)
       University of South Africa (Masters and Doctoral)
       North-West University (Masters)
       Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (undergraduate and Masters)
       University of Johannesburg (undergraduate, PhD)



Research Experience

Rated as a Y1 researcher by the National Research Foundation in 2006.
Participated in several national and international research projects, including most recently:

       Seminar series “Widening Ethnic Diversity in Journalism: Towards Solutions” (Co-
       investigator, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of the UK
       (2010)

       Cross-national comparative project ‘Political Communication in New Democracies’.
       (Co-investigator; funded by British Academy) (2007-2009)
       International collaborative project “Global Media Ethics: Fundamental Values Amid
       Plurality”. (Project leader; funded by Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies
       (STIAS), co-investigators Clifford Christians, University of Illinois at Urbana-
       Champaign, Stephen J Ward, University of British Columbia, Shakuntala Rao, State
       University of New York)
       A three-year study of tabloid media in South Africa, consisting of a newsroom
       ethnography, an audience study and analysis of normative debates, which culminated
       in a single-authored book, published by Indiana University Press, 2010




Conference papers and guest lectures


Invited (funded) conference papers and keynote addresses
Wasserman, H. 2010. Keynote address at workshop ‘Mobile phones: the new talking drums
of everyday Africa?’, as part of research programme: Mobile Africa revisited. A comparative
study of the relationship between new communication technologies and social spaces,
African Studies Centre, University of Leiden, Netherlands
Wasserman, H. and Ward, S.J. 2010. “Tweeting the Fifth Estate: Implications of New Media
Platforms for Global Media Ethics”. Presented (in absentia) as fellow of Ethics 2000
Colloquium “Who will watch the watchdog in the Twitter Age?”, St Louis, Missouri, USA,
April.
Wasserman, H. 2009. Global Infotainment and the Politics of the Everyday: Reading South
African tabloids. Invited paper, Talk Show Democracy Conference, Institute for Humanities,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 2009.
Wasserman, H. 2007. Do We Need Global Media Ethics? Keynote address, Global Ethics for
Media in the 21st Century Conference, Kasoma Media Foundation, Lusaka, Zambia. August.
De Beer, A.S. & Wasserman, H. 2004. A fragile affair: an overview of the relationship
between the media and state in post-apartheid South Africa. Presented as Fellow of Ethics
2000 Colloquium “Media, Ethics and Politics”, School of Journalism, University of Missouri,
USA. April.


Conference papers
Wasserman, H. 2010. Of glasses half full: exploratory notes towards the role of new media
technologies in democratic politics in South Africa. New Media|Alternative Politics:
Communication Technologies and Political Change in the Middle East and Africa.
Cambridge, UK. October.

Voltmer, K. & Wasserman, H. 2010. Contested freedom. Re-defining the boundaries of
media freedom and media responsibility in four new democracies. Paper presented at the
European Communication Research Association, Hamburg, Germany. October.

Wasserman, H. 2010. Zooming in to the local and out to the global: towards critical-culture
global journalism studies in South Africa. South African Communication Association annual
conference, University of Johannesburg. October.

Wasserman, H. 2010. Global Journalism 2.0. International Association for Media and
Communication and Research, Braga, Portugal. July

Wasserman, H. 2010. Roles, responsibilities and relationships: Perspectives on political
communication in South Africa and Namibia. International Association for Media and
Communication and Research, Braga, Portugal. July

Wasserman, H. 2010. Leader of syndicate group session on journalism research. World
Journalism Education Congress. Grahamstown, South Africa. July.
Wasserman, H. 2010. Global Journalism 2.0. World Journalism Education Congress.
Grahamstown, South Africa.

Wasserman, H. 2010. The meanings of social responsibility: African perspectives on global
ethics. . Global Media Ethics Roundtable, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE. March.


Wasserman, H. 2009. Deepening democracy or widening the rift? The political role of media
in South Africa and Namibia. Democratization in Africa: Retrospective and Future Prospects.
Leeds University Centre for African Studies Conference. Leeds, December.

Wasserman, H. 2009. Roles and responsibilities: How politicians, intermediaries and
journalists in South Africa and Namibia view their relationships. Presentation to research
seminar “Political Communication in New Democracies”, University of Sheffield,
November.

Wasserman, H.. 2009. The meanings of freedom: On practising journalism in post-apartheid
South Africa. Future of Journalism conference, Cardiff University, Wales, September
(presented in absentia)

Wasserman, H. 2009. Political journalism in South Africa as a developing democracy –
understanding media freedom and responsibility in the relationship between government and
the media . 1st Brazil-South Africa Journalism Studies Workshop, Stellenbosch Institute for
Advanced Studies, South Africa, June.
Wasserman, H. 2009. Free but responsible? Assessing the media’s democratic role in South
Africa and Namibia. Panel session “Political Communication in Transitional Democracies –
A Global Perspective”, International Communication Association, Chicago, USA, May.



Wasserman, H. 2009. Political journalism in Brazil/SA as developing democracies and the
relationship between government and the media. First Brazil/South Africa Bi-National
Workshop, Stellenbosch and Cape Town, South Africa, June.
Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. 2009. Global or ‘glocal’ media ethics? International
Communication Association Preconference on Media Ethics, Chicago, USA, May. (presented
in absentia)

Wasserman, H. & Ogada, J. 2009. Freedom’s just another word? Assessments of media
freedom and responsibility in post-apartheid South Africa. Political Science Association,
Media and Politics Group, Manchester, 7-9 April
Wasserman, H. 2008. Tabloid newspapers and the post-apartheid South African public sphere.
12th General Assembly of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in
Africa (Codesria), Yaoundé, Cameroon, December.
Wasserman, H. 2008. Telling Stories: South African Tabloids and Post-Apartheid Politics.
“Media, Communication and Humanity” conference, London School of Economics and
Political Science, London, UK, September.
Wasserman, H. 2008. Past and present media for development: The case of South African
Tabloids. African Studies Association UK conference. Preston, UK, September.
Botma, G. & Wasserman, H. 2008. Lighting strikes twice: The 2007 Rugby World Cup and
memories of a South African rainbow nation. South African Communication Association,
Pretoria, September.
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2008. Glimpses through the windowpane: A South African
perspective on universal media ethics. Ethics and Evil in the Public Sphere Conference.
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. April.
Wasserman, H. 2008. Development, citizenship and popular media: talking to South African
tabloid readers. Conference: The Media and Development in Africa: Local and Global
Initiatives. University of Westminster, London, UK, March.
Wasserman, H. 2007. Ethics, politics and agency in South African tabloids. Paper presented
as part of panel “Agency and the constitution of publics in Southern Africa”, AEGIS
European Conference on African Studies, Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden, Netherlands, July.
Wasserman, H. 2007. Attack of the killer newspapers! The ‘tabloid revolution’ and the future
of newspapers in South Africa. The Future of Newspapers conference, Cardiff University,
Cardiff, UK. September.
Wasserman, H. 2007. Glocalisation of the popular: reading South African tabloids. Paper
presented at Cultural Studies Now conference, University of East London, London, UK, July.
Wasserman, H. 2007. Finding the global in the particular: Media ethics and human dignity in
the postcolony. International roundtable “In Search of Global Media Ethics”, Stellenbosch
Institute for Advanced Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. March.
Wasserman, H. 2007. 'The revolution will be printed': Tabloids, media and democracy in
post-apartheid South Africa. Conference ‘Media and Democracy in Africa’, University of
Westminster, London, UK. March.
Wasserman, H. 2006. The political economy of cultural identity: the case of Afrikaans media
after apartheid. Paper presented as part of a special panel at the Association for African
Studies conference in San Francisco, USA. November.
Wasserman, H. 2006. Private culture, public sphere: media, race and economics in Afrikaans
media after apartheid. Panel session“Forms of media, change and resistance in postcolonial
Africa”, Crossroads 2006, Association for Cultural Studies conference, Istanbul, Turkey. July.
Wasserman, H. 2006. Cyberactivism in post-apartheid South Africa: An exploration of two
social movements. Paper presented as part of a special panel “Ideologies of the Internet”.
Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Dresden, Germany.
June.
Wasserman, H. & Rao, S. 2006. Media globalization and journalism ethics: a view from the
South. Annual conference of the International Communication Association, Dresden,
Germany. June.
Wasserman, H. 2005. Tackles and sidesteps: normative maintenance and paradigm repair in
mainstream media reactions to tabloid journalism. Annual conference of the South African
Communication Association, Pretoria, September.
Wasserman, H. 2005. Journalism education as transformative praxis. Colloquium on
Education in Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. June.
Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. 2005. Global Media Ethics Revisited: A Postcolonial Critique.
Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, New York City, USA.
May.
De Vries, F. & Wasserman, H. 2005. Glocalisation and the South African youth media: the
case of Seventeen. Colloquium on Youth Media, University of Cape Town, February.
Wasserman, H. 2004. Media ethics a decade after apartheid: preliminary postcolonial
perspectives. Annual conference of the South African Communication Association,
University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. September.
Wasserman, H. 2004. Contribution to panel: “Critical Approaches and Numerical Methods
(Or, can we count on a critical research future?)” Annual conference of the South African
Communication Association, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. September
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2004. Mediating change: an overview and evaluation of the
South African media after apartheid. Conference “Ten Years Of Democracy In Southern
Africa: Historical Achievement, Present State, Future Prospects” Pretoria, South Africa.
August.
Wasserman, H., Boloka, M. & Krabill, R. 2004. Current Social Movements and Mass Media
in South Africa: An overview. , Crossroads 2004, Conference of the International Association
for Cultural Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, June.
Wasserman, H. 2004. Institutionalizing cultural studies in journalism education. Crossroads
2004, Conference of the International Association for Cultural Studies,. University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign, USA, June.


Wasserman, H. 2003. The possibilities of ICTs for social activism in Africa: an exploration.
30th anniversary conference of the Council for Development of Social Science Research in
Africa (Codesria), “Intellectuals, Nationalism and the Pan-African Ideal”. Dakar, Senegal.
December.
Wasserman, H. 2003. Social mobilisation and the virtual community: online and offline
action. International conference hosted by Department of Journalism, University of
Stellenbosch. “Media in Africa: Current Issues; Future Challenges”. Stellenbosch, South
Africa. September.
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2003. E-democracy and e-publicanism – preliminary
perspectives on the role of the Internet in South African democratic processes. Annual
conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
(AEJMC). Kansas City, USA. August.
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2003. Amplifying democracy – perspectives on the role of
the Internet in South African civil society. Annual conference of the Southern African
Communication Association, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. June.
Wasserman, H. 2002. The Internet And South African Languages: Potential And Problems.
Annual meeting of the African Studies Association, Washington D.C., USA. December.
Wasserman, H. 2001. Intercultural Dialogue In Recent Afrikaans Literary Texts: A Discourse
Of Identity. Biennial Meeting of the International Academy for Intercultural Research,
“International Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Intercultural Relations”. Oxford,
Mississipi, USA.
Wasserman, H. 2001. Between the local and the global: South African languages and the
Internet. International Symposium “Text in context: African languages between orality and
scripturality”. University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Wasserman, H. 2000. Research report on doctoral research. Programme for African Doctoral
Students, pre-conference workshop of the International Comparative Literature Association.
University of South Africa, Pretoria.




Invited guest lectures and talks

Centre d'Etudes Comparées en Communication Politique et Publique, Université Paris 12, France
(April 2010) (“Political communication in South Africa and Namibia”)
Department of Communication, University of Johannesburg, South Africa (June 2009) (“Political
communication in South Africa and Namibia”)

Department of Communication Science, University of South Africa (June 2009) (“South African
tabloid newspaper audiences”)

School of Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (March 2009) (“Media ethics
in South Africa after apartheid”)
Department of Communication Science, VU (Vrije Universiteit) Netherlands (April 2009)
(“Media in South Africa after apartheid”, “Tabloid audiences in South Africa”)
Communication and Computing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield,
UK (February 2009) (“Reading South African tabloids”)


Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
(March 2008) (“Seminar on South African tabloid media”)
Department of Journalism, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK (October 2007)
(“Media and Development”)
University of Venda, Tohoyandou, South Africa (May 2007) (“South African tabloids”)
Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa (May 2007) (“South
African tabloids”)
Program of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Initiative for Creativity, Performance and
Research and The UW African Studies Program, University of Washington, Seattle and
Bothell, USA (December 2006) (“The Media in South Africa after apartheid”; “A critique of
the film Tsotsi”)
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
(November 2006) (“South African Media after apartheid”)
Department of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (October
2006) (“Postcolonial theoretical approaches to media”)
Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (September
2006) (“Media ethics in South Africa”)
African Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (November 2006) (“The
South African media landscape after apartheid”)
School of Journalism, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (November 2006) (“South
African tabloid media”)
Guest lectures on PhD research: University of Leiden, Netherlands, University of Amsterdam,
Limburg University Centre, Belgium. (1999)
Publication Record
Books
Wasserman, H. 2010. Tabloid journalism in South Africa: True Story! Bloomington: Indiana
University Press.
Wasserman, H. (ed.) 2010. Taking it to the streets: Popular Media, Democracy and
Development in Africa. London: Routledge
Ward, S.J.A. & Wasserman, H. (eds.) 2010. Media Ethics Beyond Borders. New York:
Routledge (originally published in 2008 by Heinemann, Johannesburg)

Lagerwerf L., Boer H. Wasserman, H. (eds.) 2009 Health Communication in Southern Africa:
Engaging with Social and Cultural Diversity. Amsterdam: Savusa; Pretoria: Unisa Press
Wasserman, H. & Jacobs, S. (eds.) 2003. Shifting Selves: Postapartheid essays on Mass
Media, Culture and Identity. Cape Town: Kwela

Chapters in books
Wasserman, H. 2010 The Search for Global Journalism Ethics. In: Meyers, C. (Ed.)
Philosophical Approaches to Journalism Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 69-83
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2010. Glimpses through the windowpane: A South African
perspective on universal media ethics. In: Fortner, R.S. & Fackler. P.M. (eds.) Ethics and
Evil in the Public Sphere: Media, Universal Values & Global Development. Festschrift for
Clifford Christians. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press Pp. 133-151
Wasserman, H. 2010 Identification in transformation: an overview of media discourses. In:
Olorunnisola, A. & Tomaselli, K.G. (eds.) The Political Economy of Transformation of the
South African Media. Creskill, N.J: Hampton Press.


Wasserman, H. 2009. Global Journalism Ethics. In: De Beer, A.S. & Merrill, J. (Eds.) Global
Journalism Boston: Pearson.Pp.85-95
Wasserman, H. 2009. Critical and Non-Western Press Philosophies. In: De Beer, A.S. &
Merrill, J. (Eds.) Global Journalism Boston: Pearson. Pp.22-30
Wasserman, H. 2008 The media and the construction of identity. In: Fourie, P.J. (Ed.) Media
Studies. Cape Town: Juta Pp. 243-277.
Wasserman, H. 2008. Media Ethics and Human Dignity in the Postcolony. In: Ward, S.J. &
Wasserman, H. (Eds.) Media Ethics Beyond Borders. Johannesburg: Heinemann. Pp. 74-89
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2008. Towards De-Westernising Journalism Studies: The
case of Africa. In: Hanitzsch, T. & Wahl-Jorgensen, K. (Eds.) Handbook of Journalism
Studies. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Pp. 428-438.
Wasserman, H. 2007. Surfing against the tide: The use of new media technologies for social
activism in South Africa. In: Nightingale, V. & Dwyer, T. (Eds.) New Media Worlds. Sydney:
Oxford University Press. Pp.132-146.
Teer-Tomaselli, R., Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2007. South Africa as a Regional Media
Power. In: Thussu, D. (Ed.) Media on the Move: Global flow and contra-flow. London:
Routledge. Pp. 153-164.
Wasserman, H. 2006. New Media in a New Democracy: An exploration of the potential of
the Internet for civil society groups in South Africa. In: Sarikakis, K. & Thussu, D. Ideologies
of the Internet. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press. Pp. 299-316


Wasserman, H. & Du Bois, M.L. 2006. New kids on the block: Tabloids as new entrants to
the print media market in post-apartheid South Africa. In: Olorunnisola, A. (ed.) Media in
South Africa after Apartheid: A Cross-Media Assessment. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen. Pp.
171-186.
Wasserman, H. 2006. Redefining media ethics in the postcolonial context: contending
frameworks in the South African media. In: Olorunnisola, A. (ed.) Media in South Africa
after Apartheid: A Cross-Media Asessment. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen. Pp. 255-276.
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2006. Conflicts of interest? Debating the media’s role in
post-apartheid South Africa. In: Voltmer, K. (ed.) Mass Media and Political Communication
in New Democracies. London: Routledge Pp. 59-75.


Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A. S. 2006. Reporting Ethically on HIV/Aids: A South African
Case Study. In: Land, Mitchell and Hornaday, Bill (eds.) Contemporary Media Ethics: A
Practical Guide for Scholars, Students and Professionals. .Marquette Books Pp. 155-172
De Beer, A.S; Wasserman, H & Botha, N. 2004. South Africa and Iraq: The battle for media
reality. In Kamalipour, Y.R. & Snow, N. (eds.) 2004. War, Media and Propaganda: A Global
Perspective. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. Pp. 179-187.

Buchinger, C.; Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2004. Nowhere to hide: South African media
sought a global perspective on the war in Iraq. In: Berenger, R.D. (ed.) 2004 Global Media
go to War. Washington, D.C.: Marquette Books. Pp. 215-222.

Wasserman, H. 2003. Between the local and the global: South African languages and the
internet. In: Zegeye, A. & Harris, R.L. (eds) Media, Identity and the Public Sphere in Post-
Apartheid South Africa. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Pp.65-84

Wasserman, H. 2003. Dial-up Identity: South African languages in cyberspace. In:
Wasserman, Herman & Jacobs, Sean (eds.) 2003. Shifting Selves: Postapartheid essays on
Mass Media, Culture and Identity. Cape Town: Kwela. Pp. 79-96 .

Wasserman, H. 2001. Om hergeboorte te verbeel. ’n Postkoloniale beskouing van migrasie,
kultuur en identiteit. (To imagine a rebirth: a postcolonial view of migration, culture and
identity) In: Van Heerden, Etienne. 2001. Briewe deur die lug : Litnet skrywersberaad.
Kaapstad: Tafelberg. Pp. 297-308.
Peer-reviewed research articles
*South African Department of Education accredited
**International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) indexed
*** Social Sciences Citation Index (ISI SSCI) indexed


Wasserman, H. (forthcoming). Global Journalism 2.0. Beyond panoramas. Submitted to
Communicatio
Ward, S.J.A. & Wasserman, H. 2010. Towards an Open Ethics: Implications of New Media
Platforms for Global Ethics Discourse Journal of Mass Media Ethics25(4):275-292 ***
Wasserman, H. 2010. Political journalism in South Africa as a developing democracy –
understanding media freedom and responsibility in the relationship between government and
the media. Communicatio special issue: Journalism in the Global South: South Africa and
Brazil 36(2):240-251. *
Wasserman, H. 2010. Freedom’s just another word? Perspectives on the media freedom and
responsibility in South Africa and Namibia". International Communication Gazette 72(7):
567-588 **
Wasserman, H. 2010. ‘We’re not like that’ Denial of racism in the Afrikaans Press.
Communicatio 36(1):20-36*
Wasserman, H. 2009. ‘Often they cry with the people’: The professional identities of South
African tabloid journalists. Australian Journalism Review 31(2)19-34
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2009. Afro-optimism/Afro-pessimism and the South African
media. Critical Arts 23(3): 377-395 *
Wasserman, H. 2009. Extending the theoretical cloth to make room for African experience:
An interview with Francis Nyamnjoh. Journalism Studies 10(2): 281-293 **
Wasserman, H. 2009. ‘Ons is nie so nie’: Vryheid van spraak en ontkenning van rassisme in
die Afrikaanse pers (We’re not like that: Freedom of speech and denial of racism in the
Afrikaans press). Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 49(1): 111-130. ***
Wasserman, H. 2009. Learning a new language: Culture, ideology and economics in
Afrikaans media after apartheid. International Journal of Cultural Studies 12(1): 59-78 **
Christians, C., Rao, S. , Ward, S.J., Wasserman, H. 2008. Toward a Global Media Ethics:
Exploring New Theoretical Perspectives. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies
29(2):135-172. ***
Wasserman, H. 2008. Attack of the killer newspapers! The ‘tabloid revolution’ and the future
of newspapers in South Africa. Journalism Studies 9(5): 786-797 **
Wasserman, H. & Botma, G.J. 2008 Having it both ways: Balancing market orientation and
political claims at a South African daily newspaper. Critical Arts 22(1):1-20 *
Wasserman, H. & Rao, S. 2008. The glocalization of journalism ethics. Journalism: Theory,
Practice, Criticism 9(2):163-181.
Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. 2007. Global Journalism Ethics Revisited: A Postcolonial Critique.
Global Media and Communication 3(1):29-50.
Wasserman, H. 2007. Is a new world wide web possible? An explorative comparison of the
use of ICTs by two South African social movements African Studies Review 50(1): 109-131
**, ***
Wasserman, H. 2006. Les médias afrikaans après l'apartheid : un héritage encombrant?
Politique Africaine. 103:61-80 **
Wasserman, H. 2006. Tackles and sidesteps: normative maintenance and paradigm repair in
mainstream media reactions to tabloid journalism. Communicare 25(1): 59-80. *
Wasserman, H. 2006. Globalised values and postcolonial responses: South African
perspectives on normative media ethics. The International Communication Gazette 68(1): 71-
91 **
Wasserman, H. & Kabeya-Mwepu, P. 2005. Creating Connections: Exploring the
Intermediary Use of ICTs by Congolese refugees at tertiary education institutions in Cape
Town. Southern African Journal of Information and Communication. 6: 94-103 *
Wasserman, H. 2005. Journalism education as transformative praxis. Ecquid Novi 26(2): 159-
174. *
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2005. Which public? Whose interest? The South African
media and its role during the first ten years of democracy. Critical Arts 19(1&2):36-51. *
Wasserman, H. 2005. Renaissance and resistance: Using ICTs for social change in South
Africa. African Studies 64(2): 177-199 **
Wasserman, H. 2005. Talking of change: constructing social identities in South African
media debates. Social Identities 11(1): 75-85. **
Wasserman, 2005. Debating the media, shaping identity: postcolonial discourse and public
criticism. Communicatio 31(1):49-60 *
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A. S. 2005. A fragile affair: an overview of the relationship
between the media and state in post- apartheid South Africa Journal of Mass Media Ethics,
20 (2&3): 192-208.***
Wasserman, H. 2005. Connecting African activism with global networks: ICTs and South
African social movements. Africa Development 30 (1&2):129-148. **
 (Translated into Italian as: Connettere l'attivismo africano ai network globali: le Information
and Communication Technologies (ICT) e i movimenti sudafricani del conflitto Afriche e
Orienti 7(1):189-206.)
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2004. Covering HIV/Aids: towards a heuristic comparison
between communitarian and utilitarian ethics. Communicatio 30(2): 84-97 *
Wasserman, H.. 2004. Revisiting reviewing: the need for a debate on the role of arts
journalism in South Africa. Literator 25(1):139-157. *
Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2004. E-governance and e-publicanism: preliminary
perspectives on the role of the Internet in South African democratic processes. Communicatio
20(1): 64-89.*
Wasserman, H.& Boloka, M. 2004. Privacy, the press and the public interest in postapartheid
South Africa. Parliamentary Affairs 57(1): 185-195 **
Wasserman, H. 2003. Globalisering, die internet en Suid-Afrikaanse tale: ’n verkenning van
potensiaal en probleme. (Globalisation, the Internet and South African languages: an
exploration of potential and problems) Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe. 43(1&2): 81-93 *
Wasserman, H. & Van Zyl, L. 2003. Independent or embedded? An exploration of views of
the Presidential Press Corps. Communicare 22(1):117-130 *
Wasserman, H. 2002. Between the local and the global – South African languages and the
Internet. African and Asian Studies 1(4) 303-321 **

Wasserman, H. 2002. Free but responsible – ethical decision-making as a basic journalistic
skill. Ecquid Novi 23 (1): 137-143. ***

Wasserman, H. 2001. Intercultural Dialogue in Recent Afrikaans texts: A Discourse of
Identity. Pretexts: Literary and Cultural Studies. 10 (1): 37-50*

Wasserman, H. 2000. Postcolonial Cultural Identity in Recent Afrikaans Literary Texts.
Journal of Literary Studies. Volume 16:3/4. December. 90-114 *

Wasserman, H. 2000. Re-Imagining Identity: Essentialism And Hybridity In Postapartheid
Afrikaans Short Fiction. Current Writing. 12 (2) October: 96-112*



Papers in Conference proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Wasserman, H. 2006. Policing the boundaries: tabloid newspapers and mainstream ethics. In:
Conradie, D.P.; W.E. Fourie, H Wasserman, C Muir. (Eds.) 2006. Communication Science in
South Africa: Contemporary Issues. Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Conference of the South
African Communication Association. Cape Town: Juta Pp. 69-81


Edited conference proceedings
Hadland, A.; Louw, E.P.; Sesanti, S.; Wasserman, H. (Eds.) 2008. At the End of the
Rainbow:Power, Politics and Identity in Post-Apartheid South African Media. Cape Town:
HSRC Publishers.
Conradie, D.P.; W.E. Fourie, H Wasserman, C Muir. (Eds.) 2006. Communication Science in
South Africa: Contemporary Issues. Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Conference of the South
African Communication Association. Cape Town: Juta
Discussion articles

Wasserman, H. 2007. Is our media (still) racist? Global Media Journal (Africa)
http://academic.sun.ac.za/gmja/prof1.htm

Wasserman, H. 2006. Have Ethics, Will Travel? The Glocalization of Media Ethics from an
African perspective. Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen.
http://www.journalismethics.ca/feature_articles/have_ethics_will_travel.htm

Wasserman, H. 2005. A ‘danger to journalism’. Rhodes Journalism Review 25: 34-35

Wasserman, H. 2005. Journalism education as transformative praxis. Rhodes Journalism
Review. 25: 16

Wasserman, H. 2005. From feed the world to worldwide feedback: Critical Response to Live
8 and the Role of New Media Technology. Safundi, Journal for South African and American
Comparative Studies – Newsletter Issue 15.

Wasserman, H. 2004. All the news that is fit to sell? Media freedom, commercialism and a
decade of democracy. Comment article. Communicare 23(2): 139-148

Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A. 2003. A New Public Sphere? Rhodes Journalism Review 23:
32-33
Wasserman, H. 2003. Post-apartheid media debates and the discourse of identity. Ecquid
Novi 24 (2): 217-223



Review articles
Wasserman, H. 2009. Review of Reading Tabloids: Tabloid Newspapers and their Readers
by Sofia Johansson. Media, Culture & Society 31(2): 338-339.
Wasserman, H. 2008. Review of Tsotsi, a film by Gavin Hood. Journal of African Media
Studies 1(1):185-188.
Wasserman, H. 2003. Review of It’s my life, a film by Brian Tilley. Safundi, Journal for
South African and American Comparative Studies. July.
Wasserman, H. 2003. Review article: A view from Africa on media ethics. Ecquid Novi 24(2).
237-239.


Achievements
2007 Dean’s merit award for top achievers in Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Stellenbosch
University
2006 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research, Stellenbosch University
2006 Appointed Fulbright Visiting Scholars to Indiana University (School of Journalism and
African Studies Program)
2005 Best Research Paper Award, South African Communication Association Annual
Conference. Paper title “Tackles and sidesteps: normative maintenance and paradigm repair
in mainstream media reactions to tabloid journalism”.



Leadership Positions
Departmental
Deputy Head of School, Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies, 2011-
2014
Course leader, MA Global Journalism, University of Sheffield (current)
Member of Research Executive, Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield
(2008-current)
Chair of Board of Studies for undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, Newcastle
University (2007-2008)
Co-ordinator Masters and Doctoral Programmes, University of Stellenbosch (2006-2007)


Journals
Editor of peer-reviewed academic journal Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (2007-
current; deputy editor 2004-2006; co-deputy editor: 2003)
Work involves overseeing entire editorial process, co-ordinating tasks of assistant and books
review editor and reviewers, appoint editorial board and guest editors, set editorial policy,
liaise with scholarly organisations with which journal is affiliated (International
Communication Association, South African Communication Association, African Council on
Communication Education).
Associate Editor, Journal of Global Mass Communication
Editorial board member, Journal of Mass Media Ethics
Editorial board member, Global Media Journal (American Edition)
Editorial board member, Global Media Journal (Africa Edition)
Editorial board member, Journal of African Media Studies
Editorial board member, Australian Journalism Review
Editorial board member, Communicatio
Guest editor, Communicatio Special Issue “Journalism in the Global South: Brazil and South
Africa”
Research

Project leader: Global Media Ethics research project, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced
Study, November 2007 (co-investigators Cliff Christians, Illinois; Stephen Ward, British
Columbia; Shakuntala Rao SUNY Plattsburgh)


Conference organiser or co-organiser:
          Global Media Ethics Roundtable, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE, March 2010
          ESRC seminar series “Widening Ethnic Diversity in Journalism: Towards
           Solutions”, hosted at six universities in England and Wales, in 2010-2011
          Research Seminar: “Political Communication in New Democracies”, hosted by
           University of Sheffield, November 2009
          International seminar, “The End is Where We Start From: Covering Mass
           Violence”, Center for Freedom of Media, University of Sheffield, June 2009
          Brazil-South Africa Journalism Research seminar and workshop, Stellenbosch
           Institute for Advanced Study and University of the Western Cape, South Africa,
           2009
          International Roundtable on Global Media Ethics at Stellenbosch Institute for
           Advanced Study, March 2007.
          International conference, Media in Africa: Current Issues; Future Challenges”.
           Stellenbosch, South Africa. September 2003.




Involvement in Work Environment


Departmental

University of Sheffield

Member of working group for redesign of BA Journalism Studies curriculum, 2008-2009
Departmental co-ordinator for international exchange students (Erasmus and Study Abroad),
2008-current

University of Stellenbosch
Departmental facilitator for the recognition of prior learning (RPL) of graduate applicants,
2002-2007
Departmental co-ordinator for research output reports , 2002-2007
Member of selection panel for applicants to BPhil and MPhil Journalism, 2002-2007
Member of admission panels for applicants to PhD degrees

External


Member of advisory boards
Department of Communication, University of Johannesburg
Department of Communication, University of South Africa.
External advisor for revalidation of Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Media and
Communications Studies, University of Westminster, London, UK
External advisor for faculty promotions, University of Accra, Ghana
External advisor for faculty promotions, Rhodes University, South Africa.
Member of the publications subcommittee of the South African Communication Association
(2005)


Referee
Referee for grants and award applications :
       South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Evaluation and Rating Procedure
       NRF Focus Area Grant
       South Africa/Norway Research Co-operation Programme
       Swiss National Science Foundation
       Qatar National Research Fund.
Referee for articles submitted to peer-reviewed journals: International Journal of
Press/Politics, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice; Journalism: Theory, Practice,
Criticism, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Cultural Studies, Critical Arts, Journal of African
Media Studies, Australian Journalism Review, Interacting with Computers, Politeia, Africa
Development, Africa Today, Communicare , Communicatio, Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe,
Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, Development Southern Africa, Social Science Computer Review,
Stilet.
Referee for the South African Human Sciences Resource Council Monographs.
Referee for research papers submitted to the Journalism Studies Interest Group (2006) and
the Conference Theme Sessions (2007) of the International Communication Association (ICA)
Referee for research papers and student papers submitted to the International Communication
Division and the Mass Communication and Society Division of the Association for Education
in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) (2005, 2006).
Referee for research papers submitted to annual conference of the South African
Communication Association. (2005)
Reader of manuscripts submitted to publishers: Routledge (2010), Sage Publishers (2008),
McGill-Queen’s University Press (2008), Open University Press (2008), Cambridge
University Press (2007), Blackwell Publishing (2006), The University of Chicago Press
(2006), Heinemann Publishers, (2004)
Review of media entry on Democracy Index, Idasa (2009)
Community Engagement

Participant in Idasa Programme on HIV/Aids, Governance and the Journalism Curricula,
Cape Town, September 2010.
Conducted a workshop on research publication for the Forum of African Journalism
Educators project of the University of the Witwatersrand, at the World Journalism Education
Congress held at Rhodes University, South Africa (2010), funded by Konrad Adenauer
Stiftung. Work involved mentoring journalism educators from across Africa to prepare their
research papers for publication.
Advisor for the Social Movements and the Media project of the Panos Institute London
HIV/Aids Programme (2006)
Research consultant for Media Diversity and Development Programme (MDDA). Research
report available: Wasserman, H., Bosch, T., Davidson, B., & Jacobs, S.. (2006). Equal in the
eyes of the m edia: Research into visibility and access to the media by underserved groups.
http://www.mdda.org.za/gifs/Equal%20in%20eyes%20of%20the%20media.doc.



Member of Controlling Body MFM Community Radio Station, Stellenbosch (2002-2004)

Volunteer consultancy on draft report of the Siyam’ kela media scan on coverage of
HIV/Aids in the media (2003)
Several lectures and talks for public audiences: including at the Institute for Democracy in
South Africa (Idasa); Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology; South African National
Editors’ Forum; National Schools Newspapaper Project; Forum for Communicty newspapers
Volunteer journalistic work: Reviews for Fine Music Radio, Cape Town-based community
radio station; discussant for Stellenbosch Film Forum
Adjudication: M-Net Literary Prizes, RAU Literary Prizes and Exclusive Books’ Boeke
Prize; served on panel of judges for Artvark Prize at Aardklop Arts Festival

Regularly acts as media commentator. Past contributions include BBC World Service, Radio
Netherlands International, Time Magazine as well as several South African newspapers, radio
and television stations.


11.    ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Worked as a newspaper journalist in Cape Town before embarking on academic career, and
still regularly contributes journalistic work to newspapers, magazines and websites including
Globe and Mail (Canada), France24.com and The Media (South Africa).
Published two volumes of short fiction and contributed several short stories to edited
collections
Appointed Writer in Residence for the online literary community Litnet to mentor young
writers (2005)
Shortlisted for Jan Rabie Prize for fiction (2004)

Runner-up in nationwide short-short fiction competition run by De Kat magazine and Human
& Rousseau (1999)

				
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