Apply NOW for Arts Journalism and Photojournalism courses


The call is out! All the photographers and arts journos out there, the time is now to apply for the Arts Journalism and Photography course which is held in conjunction with the Cape Town Jazz Festival.

The festival is in it’s 18th year and the first artist announcement has happened.

Who are tho are the courses for?

Arts Journalism: Journalists (including community journalists and freelancers) and journalism cadets or interns in any medium who want to upgrade their arts writing skills. We’ll also consider arts bloggers, musicians, music and arts students, music organisers and music PR workers. The course requires a basic understanding of how newsrooms work.

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Photojournalism: Photographers at any level who want to explore how jazz music, photography and society talk to one another, and to develop a signature approach to making music images. The course requires photographers with their own cameras.

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What will I learn?

Both courses use the events and personalities of the festival as subject matter to build generic skills that you can apply to other arts genres. They run parallel, and build on the synergies between them. As a participant, you’ll get unique access to festival role-players on, off and behind the stages.

Arts Journalism: You’ll learn how to apply key journalism skills to the specialized context of arts writing: how to review; building up specialist contacts; making an arts topic accessible and interesting to your readers – plus the context of South African music. Interns or cadets cover the curriculum of SAQA US 117541: ‘Cover a Specialist Beat as a Journalist’ and create stories for their assessment portfolios.

Photojournalism: You’ll look at the theory, language and aesthetics of jazz photography in Africa and abroad: at what jazz photographs say about music – and how best to capture your own images. Your work will be critiqued to help you grow and you will create a portfolio of images taken at  the Cape Town International Jazz festival.

Who are the trainers?

Arts journalism:
Gwen Ansell, Business Day jazz columnist, former Executive Director of the IAJ and Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies in New York; author of Soweto Blues.

Award-winning South African writer and journalist Percy Mabandu has spent the past ten years writing about jazz music, the arts and the black experience. His recent book Yakhal’inkomo: Portrait of a Jazz Classic is widely celebrated and Mabandu won a Gold Award in the Features Category at the Journalist of The Year Awards.

Caroline Mwangi, Photographer, writer and blogger. Studied photography at the International Institute of Journalism Berlin, has exhibited at several galleries and museums including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and is a past student of the Arts Journalism course.

What will it cost me?

Each course costs R2 000 per participant including tuition, supervised practice and any teaching materials. Candidates from outside Cape Town – or their employers or institutions – are responsible for the costs of their own travel/ accommodation.
A very limited number of scholarships are available.

To enquire further please contact Gwen or Caroline.

(Arts Journalism)  Gwen Ansell at or
(Photojournalism)  Caroline Mwangi at or


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