Curriculum Vitae

Education and Credentials

  • DLitt (Doctor of Literature), 2000

University of Stellenbosch

Doctoral Dissertation: The construction of postcolonial cultural identity in post-apartheid Afrikaans short fiction.

  • Master of Arts (Literature) cum laude, 1997

University of Stellenbosch

  • HonsBJourn (Journalism), 1995

University of Stellenbosch

  • HonsBA (Literature), cum laude, 1993

University of Stellenbosch

  • Bachelor of Arts, 1992

University of Stellenbosch

  • Mediator, University of Cape Town Commercial and Court-Aligned Mediation Course (Accredited by the South African Dispute Settlement Accreditation Council [DISAC]), 2017
  • Accredited Assessor (NQF Level 8), Rhodes University

Awards

  • Fellow of the International Communication Association (2020)
  • Book of the Year Award from the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the International Communication Association (2019)
  • University of Cape Town Excellence Award (2018)
  • Neva Prize for Journalism Theory, University of St Petersburg, Russia (2018)
  • Stals Prize for Humanities, awarded by the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Arts) (2018)
  • Georg Foster Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2017)
  • Rhodes University: Academic Merit Award for “excellent contribution to the institution.” (2013).
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award, Rhodes University, for Tabloid Journalism in South Africa (2011).
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research, Stellenbosch University (2011).
  • Twice selected as Fellow of Media Ethics Colloquia University of Missouri, USA  (2004; 2010)
  • Dean’s merit award for top research achievers in Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Stellenbosch University (2008).
  • Fulbright Scholarship and NRF International Science Liaison Research Grant to conduct research as visiting scholar at the School of Journalism and the African Studies Program, Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) (2006).
  • Best Research Paper, South African Communication Association Annual Conference (with Malila et al, 2014)
  • Best Research Paper, South African Communication Association Annual Conference (2005)

Visiting positions

  • Visiting scholar at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich (Dec 2017-June 2018; June 2019)
  • Visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (March 2014)
  • Honorary Senior Lectureship, Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield, UK (2010-2013).
  • Associate Professor Extraordinary, Department of Journalism, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. (2007-2010).
  • Rykie van Reenen Fellow in the Department of Journalism, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (2001).

Grants

  • National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences Grant, ‘Rumours, False News and Disinformation in the Global South – R427 650 (2020)
  • National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (BIHSS), South Africa Grant to host conference on Media Systems in the BRICS countries – R150 000 (2018)
  • National Research Foundation Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) Grant to host conference on Media Systems in the BRICS countries – R20 000 (2018)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK. Development Assistance and independent journalism in Africa and Latin America: A cross-national and multidisciplinary research network (Project Partner) (2017)
  • National Research Foundation Competitive Grant for Rated Researchers for “South African Media and the New Geopolitics of Information” – R 748 670 over three years (2015). (Principal Investigator)
  • National Research Foundation Knowledge Interaction Grant for “Youth, Conflict and Media in Africa.” R35 000 (2015). (Principal Investigator)
  • FP7 Grant from the European Union for multi-country project “Media, Conflict and Democratisation.” €2.8 million over 3 years (2013). (co-investigator)
  • Rhodes University Research Committee Grant for participation in ‘Worlds of Journalism’ study. R30K for pilot study in Eastern Cape. (2013).
  • Rhodes University Research Committee Grant for project “Tabloid Citizenship: Comparing Daily Sun and Isolezwe” R25 880. (2012).
  • Andrew W. Mellon grant for Humanities Focus Area, Rhodes University, for project ‘Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalization and Participation’ R1.5 million over three years. (2011). (co-investigator)
  • Academy of Finland for project “Media Systems in Flux: The Challenge of the BRICS countries” (http://uta.fi/cmt/tutkimus/BRICS.html). €686,000 over 4 years. (2012). (co-investigator)
  • Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (Taiwan) for research project “China’s Promotion of Soft Power in Africa: a study of emerging media and cultural relations between China and southern Africa.” €50K over 2 years. (2012). (co-investigator)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK grant for seminar series “Widening Ethnic Diversity in Journalism: Towards Solutions.” £17 389 (2009). (co-investigator)
  • Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) grant for research project “Global Media Ethics: Fundamental Values Amid Plurality” (2008). (co-investigator)
  • British Academy grant for project ‘Political Communication in New Democracies”. £79 813 (2007). (co-investigator)
  • 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 (2007). (Principal Investigator)

Professional Experience

  • University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Film & Media Studies (2014 – Present)

  • Rhodes University, South Africa

Professor of Journalism and  Media/ Cultural Studies and Deputy Head of School of Journalism & Media Studies (2010-2014)

  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer in Journalism Studies (2008-2010)

  • Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Lecturer in Media, Communication & Cultural Studies (2007-2008)

  • University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Associate Professor of Journalism (2006-2007)

Senior Lecturer (2002-2005)

  • Media24, South Africa

Newspaper Journalist (1995-2001)

Publications

Books

  1. Wasserman, H. (forthcoming 2021). The Ethics of Engagement: Media, Conflict and Democracy in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  2. Merskin, D.L. (editor), Bettie, M.; Carstarphen, M.G., Chan, M. Pompper, D., Wasserman, H. (Associate Editors). 2020. The Sage International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society Vol 1-5. London: Sage.
  3. Örnebring, H. (editor), Carlson, M., Craft, S., Karlsson, M., Sjøvaag, H., Wasserman, H., Chan, Y. (Associate Editors). 2020. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Voltmer, K., Christensen, C., Neverla, I., Stremlau, N., Thomass, B., Vladislavljevic, N., Wasserman, H. (eds.) 2019. Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change: Case Studies on Contested Transitions. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  5. Wasserman, H. 2018. Media,Geopolitics and Power: A View from the Global South . Urbana: University of Illinois Press. (Received Book of the Year Award from the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the International Communication Association)
  6. Garman, A. and Wasserman, H. (eds.) (2017). Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalisation and Participation. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  7. Zhang, X., Wasserman, H., Mano, W. 2016 (eds.) China’s Media and Soft Power in Africa: Projection and Perceptions. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  8. Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. (eds.). 2015. Media Ethics and Justice in the Age of Globalisation. New York:Palgrave Macmillan.
  9. Wasserman, H. (ed.) 2015. Reporting China in Africa: Media Discourses on Shifting Geopolitics.London: Routledge.
  10. Wasserman, H. (ed.) 2013. Press Freedom in Africa: Comparative Perspectives. London: Routledge.
  11. Wasserman, H. (ed.) 2011. Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa. London: Routledge.
  12. Wasserman, H. 2010.Tabloid Journalism in South Africa: True Story! Bloomington: Indiana University Press. (Awarded the Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award for 2011. In the USA it was designated an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the publication ofthe Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association).
  13. Ward, S.J.A. & Wasserman, H. (eds.) 2010. Media Ethics Beyond Borders. New York: Routledge (originally published in 2008 by Heinemann, Johannesburg).
  14. Lagerwerf L., Boer H. Wasserman, H. (eds.) 2009 Health Communication in Southern Africa: Engaging with Social and Cultural Diversity. Amsterdam: Savusa; Pretoria: Unisa Press.
  15. Wasserman, H. & Jacobs, S. (eds.) 2003. Shifting Selves: Postapartheid essays on Mass Media, Culture and Identity. Cape Town: Kwela.

Chapters in books

Wasserman, H.  2020. (forthcoming) New Optics on Digital Media Cultures in Africa. In: Dunn, H. , Moyo, D., Lesitaokana, W. and Barnabas, S. (Eds.).  Media, Culture and Technology in the Global South: Reimagining Communication and Identity in Africa and the Caribbean. London: Palgrave

Wasserman, H. 2020 (forthcoming).The case for global media ethics. In: Wyatt, W., Sanders, K. & Price, L. (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Journalism Ethics. London: Routledge.

Wasserman, H. 2019. Foreword. In: Christians, C.G. Media Ethics and Global Justice in the Digital Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wasserman, H. 2019. Tabloidization of the News. In: Hanitzsch, T. & Wahl-Jorgenson, K. (eds.). In: Handbook of Journalism Studies (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.

Wasserman, H. 2018. Asking the right questions.  In: Rabe, L. (ed.) Journalism/Joernalistiek 4.0. Stellenbosch: SUN Media. Pp. 36-42

Wasserman, H.  2018. The Social is Political: Media, Protest and Change as a challenge to African media research. In: Mutsvairo, B. (Ed.) Palgrave Handbook for Media and Communication Research in Africa. New York: Palgrave MacMillan Pp. 213-224.

Wasserman, H. , Ramaprasad, J., Sodré, M., Ankina, M., Vemula, R.K., Xu, Y. 2017. Newsmaking: navigating digital territory. In: Pasti, S. & Ramaprasad, J. (Eds.) Contemporary BRICS Journalism: Non-Western Journalism in Transition. London: Routledge. Pp. 49-71

Ramaprasad, J., Ji, D., Zhou, R., Paulino, F.O., Pasti, S., Gavra, D., Wasserman, H. and Musawenkosi Ndlovu. 2017. Ethics: ideals and realities. In: Pasti, S. & Ramaprasad, J. (Eds.) Contemporary BRICS Journalism: Non-Western Journalism in Transition. London: Routledge. Pp. 72-103

Garman, A. & Wasserman, H. 2017. Citizens and journalists: The possibilities of co-creating the democracy we want. In: Garman, A. and Wasserman, H. (eds.) (2017). Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalisation and Participation. Cape Town: HSRC Press. Pp. 3-15

Wasserman, H. & Mbatha, L. 2017. Popular engagement with tabloid TV: a Zambian case study. In: Willems, W. & Mano, W. (Eds.) From audiences to users: Everyday media culture in Africa. London: Routledge Pp. 71-92.

Couldry, N., Rodriguez, C., Göran Bolin, Julie Cohen, Gerard Goggin, Marwan Kraidy, Koichi Iwabuchi, Kwang-Suk Lee, Jack Qiu, Ingrid Volkmer, Herman Wasserman, Yuezhi Zhao, Olessia Koltsova, Inaya Rakhmani, Omar Rincón, Claudia Magallanes-Blanco, Pradip Thomas. 2016. Media and Communications. In: Boulin, O. & Fleurbaey, M. (eds.) Media and Communications. International Panel on Social Progress Report. http://www.ipsp.org.

Wasserman, H. 2016. Foreword. In: . Mutsvairo, B. (ed.) Digital Activism in the Social Media Era: Critical Reflections on Emerging Trends in Sub-Saharan Africa Cham: Palgrave MacMillan Pp. v-vii

Wasserman, H. 2016. Shifting power relations, shifting images. In: Bunce, M.; Franks, S. & Paterson, C. (eds.) Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century. London: Routledge Pp. 193-199.

Wasserman, H. 2016. Chinese soft power in Africa: Findings, perspectives and more questions. In: Zhang, X., Wasserman, H., Mano, W. Chinese Media and Soft Power in Africa: Promotion and Perceptions.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 195-203.

Wasserman, H. & Hyde-Clarke, N. 2016. Crisis Communication Research in South Africa.  In: Löffelholz, M., Schwarz, A. & Seeger, M. (Eds.) The Handbook of International Crisis Communication Research.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell 251-258.

Wasserman, H. 2015. Discourses of Race in the Afrikaans press in South Africa. In: Mano, W. (Ed.). Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa: Mediating difference in the Twenty-First Century. London: I.B. Taurus. Pp. 56-78.

Wasserman, H. 2015. Social Justice and Citizenship in South Africa: The Media’s Role.In: Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. (eds.) Media Ethics and Justice in the Age of Globalization. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 59-79.

Wasserman, H., F. Molina, F. Paulino, J.Pietiläinen, D. Strovsky. 2015. Intra-BRICS Media Exchange. In: Nordenstreng, K. & Thussu, D.K. (Eds.) Mapping the BRICS Media. London: Routledge Pp. 238-241.

Wasserman, H. 2014 Key trends in South African society and media. In:  Meyiwa, T., Nkondo, M., Chitiga- Mabugu, M., Sithole, M. and Nyamnjoh, M. (Eds.) State of the Nation. Pretoria: HSRC Press. Pp. 310-324.

Wasserman, H. 2014. Media Ethics Theories in Africa. In: Fortner, R. & Fackler, M. (Eds.) International Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Pp. 781-797.

Wasserman, H. & Jacobs, S. 2013. Media, Citizenship and Social Justice in South Africa. In: Pillay, U., Hagg, G.  & Nyamnjoh, F. (Eds.) State of the Nation 2012-2013.  Cape Town: HSRC Press. Pp. 333-354.

Wasserman, H. 2013. Media Ethics in a New Democracy:  South African perspectives on freedom, dignity and citizenship. In: Ward, S.J.A. (Ed.) Global Media Ethics: Problems and Perspectives. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Pp 126-145.

Wasserman, H. & Garman, A.  2013. Being South African and belonging: the status and practice of mediated citizenship in a new democracy. In: Walthrust-Jones, N. and Vemuri, S.R. Diversity and turbulences in Contemporary Global Migration.  Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. (978-1-84888-187-7).

Wasserman, H. 2012. Towards A Global Journalism Ethics Via Local Narratives: Southern African Perspectives. In: Ayish, M. & Rao, S. (Eds.) Explorations in Global Media Ethics. London: Routledge (re-publication of journal article).

Wasserman, H. 2012. The Presence of the Past:  The Uses Of History In The Discourses of Contemporary South African Journalism. In: Conboy, M. (Ed.) How Journalism Uses History. London: Routledge. Pp. 79-93 (re-publication of journal article).

Ward, S.J.A. & Wasserman, H. 2012. Toward an open ethics: implications of new media platforms for global ethics discourse. In:  Babcock, W.A. (Ed.). Media Accountability: who will watch the watchdog in the Twitter age?  London: Routledge (re-publication of journal article).

Wasserman, H. 2011. Tabloid journalism and media pluralism. In: Berger, G. (Ed.) 2011. Media in Africa: Twenty Years after the Windhoek Declaration on Press Freedom. Cape Town: Media Institute of Southern Africa Pp. 120-121.

Wasserman, H. 2011. Media. In: Johnson, K. & Jacobs, S. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of South Africa. Boulder, Co: Lynn Rienner (encyclopedia entry) 196-199.

Wasserman, H. 2011. Whose ethics are they, anyway? In: Hyde-Clarke, N. (Ed.) Communication and Media Ethics in South Africa. Cape Town: Juta Press. Pp. 9-24.

Wasserman, H. 2011. 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. Pp. 117-132.

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. 2009. Global Journalism Ethics. In: De Beer, A.S. & Merrill, J. (Eds.) Global Journalism: Topical Issues and Media Systems. Boston: Pearson. Pp.85-95.

Wasserman, H. 2009. Critical and Non-Western Press Philosophies. In: De Beer, A.S. & Merrill, J. (Eds.) Global Journalism: Topical Issues and Media Systems. 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 journal articles

  1. Wasserman, H. 2018.  Relevance, Resistance, Resilience: Journalism’s challenges in a global world. Journalism: Theory, Practice, Critique 20(1):229-232
  2. Wasserman, H. 2018. China-Africa media relations: what we know so far. Global Media and China. 3(2): 108-112 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2059436418784787
  3. Couldry, N. ; Rodriquez, C.; Bolin, G., Cohen, J.; Volkmer, I.; Goggin, G.; Kraidy, M. ; Iwabuchi, K.; Qiu, J.; Wasserman, H.; Zhao, Y.; Rincon, O.; Magallanes-Blanco, C.; Thomas, P.; Koltsova, O.; Rakhmani, I.; Lee, K.. 2018. Media, Communication and the Struggle for Social Progress. Global Media and Communication 14(2): 173-191
  4. Wasserman, H. & Madrid-Morales, D. 2018 How Influential are Chinese Media in
    Africa? An Audience Analysis in Kenya and South Africa. International Journal of Communication 12(2018):120
  5. 2018. Power, Meaning and Geopolitics: Ethics as an entry point for global communication studies.  Journal of Communication 68(2): 441-451
  6. Wasserman, H.,  Bosch, T., Chuma, W. (2018) Communication from above and below: Media, protest and democracy. Politikon 45(3): 368-386
  7. Bosch, T., Wasserman, H., Chuma, W. (2018)  South African activists’ use of nanomedia and digital media in democratisation conflicts.International Journal of Communication 12(2018):1-18
  8. Wasserman, H., Chuma, W., Bosch, T. (2018) Print media coverage of service delivery protests in South Africa: A content analysis. African Studies 77(1):145-156
  9. Wasserman, H. 2017. Fake news from Africa: Panics, politics and paradigms. Journalism: Theory, Practice, Critique. 
  10. Chuma, W., Bosch, T., Wasserman, H. 2017 The media, civil society and democracy in South Africa: The case of the State of the Nation Address 2015. Communicatio 43(2):93-108
  11. Wasserman, H. 2017. African Histories of the Internet. Internet Histories. 1(1-2):129-137
  12. Chuma, W., Bosch, T., Wasserman, H., Pointer, R. (2017). Questioning the media-democracy link: South African Journalists’ views. African Journalism Studies 38(1):103-127
  13. Morales, D. & Wasserman, H. 2017. Chinese media engagement in South Africa: what is its impact on local journalism? Journalism Studies 19(8):1218-1235
  14. Zhang, X., Wasserman, H., Mano, W. 2016. China’s expansion of influence in Africa: projection, perception and prospects. Communicatio 42(1):1-22.
  15. De Beer, A.S.; Malila, V.; Beckett, S.; Wasserman, H. 2016. Binary opposites – can South African journalists be both watchdogs and developmental journalists? Journal of African Media Studies 8(1):35-53.
  16. Ponono, M. & Wasserman, H. 2016. It’s 50/50… The township home as a context of viewing. Communicatio 42(4) 79-96.
  17. Wasserman, H. 2016. China’s “Soft Power” and its influence on Editorial Agendas in South Africa. Chinese Journal of Communication 9(1):8-20.
  18. Wasserman, H. & Richards, I. 2015. On the factory floor of the knowledge production plant: Editors’ perspectives on publishing in academic journals. Critical Arts 29(6): 725-745.
  19. Wasserman, H. 2015. Listening past difference: Towards a compassionate ethics of communication. Stellenbosch Theological Journal 1(2):217-234.
  20. Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. 2015. A media not for all: a comparative analysis of journalism democracy and exclusion in Indian and South African media. Journalism Studies 16(5) 651-662.
  21. Wasserman, H. 2015. Marikana and the media: acts of citizenship and a faith in democracy-to-come. Social Dynamics 41(2): 375-386.
  22. Wasserman, H. & Ndlovu, M. 2015. Reading tabloids in Zulu: a Case Study of Isolezwe. Communitas Vol. 20 (2015): 140‑158.
  23. Wasserman, H. 2015. South Africa and China as BRICS Partners: Media Perspectives on Geopolitical Shifts. Journal of Asian and African Studies. 50(1): 109-123.
  24. Ward, S.J.A & Wasserman, H. 2015. Open Ethics: Towards a global media ethics of listening. Journalism Studies 16(6): 834‑839.
  25. Wasserman, H. 2014. The ramifications of media globalization in the Global South for the study of media industries. Media Industries Journal.
  26. Wasserman, H. 2014. “Sagte mag” in Afrika: China se soeke na invloed op mediaterrein. LitNet Akademies 11(3). .
  27. Wasserman, H. & Garman, A. 2014. The meanings of citizenship: media use and democracy in South Africa. Social Dynamics. 40 (2): 392-407.
  28. Voltmer, K. & Wasserman, H. 2014. Journalistic norms between universality and domestication: Journalists’ interpretations of press freedom in six new democracies. Global Media and Communication 10(2): 177-192.
  29. Wasserman, H. & Maweu, J. 2014. The tension between ethics and ethnicity: examining journalists’ ethical decision-making at the Nation Media Group in Kenya. Journal of African Media Studies 6(2): 165-179.
  30. Malila, V., Oelofsen, M., Garman, A., Wasserman, H. 2013. Making meaning of citizenship: how ‘born frees’ use media in South Africa’s democratic evolution. Communicatio 39(4): 415-431.
  31. Wasserman, H. 2013. Die media, demokrasie en burgerlike deelname: ’n etiek van luister. (The media, democracy and civic participation: towards an ethics of listening) Litnet Akademies.10(2). Online: http://www.litnet.co.za/Article/die-media-demokrasie-en-burgerlike-deelname-n-etiek-van-luister.
  32. Wasserman, H. 2013. Journalism in a New Democracy: The Ethics of Listening. Communicatio 39(1): 67-84.
  33. Wasserman, H. & Garman, A. 2012. Speaking out as citizens: voice and agency in post-apartheid South African media. Communitas 17: 39-58.
  34. Wasserman, H. & Mbatha, L. 2012. Tabloid TV in Zambia: A reception study of Lusaka viewers of Muvi TV news. Journal of African Media Studies 4(3): 275-291.
  35. Steenveld, L., Strelitz, L, Wasserman, H. 2012. Research Review: School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University. Journalism Studies 13(3):463-473.
  36. Wasserman, H. 2012. China in South Africa: the media’s response to a developing relationship. Chinese Journal of Communication 5(3):336-354.
  37. Wasserman, H. 2011. Towards A Global Journalism Ethics Via Local Narratives: Southern African Perspectives. Journalism Studies 12(6): 791-803.
  38. Wasserman, H. 2011. The Presence of the Past:  The Uses of History in The Discourses of Contemporary South African Journalism. Journalism Practice 5(5): 584-598.
  39. Wasserman, H. 2011. Mobile Phones, Popular Media and Everyday African Democracy: Transmissions and Transgressions. Popular Communication 9(2) : 146-158.
  40. Wasserman, H. 2011. Global Journalism Studies: Beyond panoramas. Communicatio 37(1): 100-117.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. Wasserman, H. 2010. Freedom’s just another word? Perspectives on media freedom and responsibility in South Africa and Namibia. International Communication Gazette 72(7): 567-588.
  44. Wasserman, H. 2010.  ‘We’re not like that’ Denial of racism in the Afrikaans Press. Communicatio 36(1):20-36.
  45. Wasserman, H. 2009. ‘Often they cry with the people’: The professional identities of South African tabloid journalists. Australian Journalism Review 31(2)19-34.
  46. Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2009. Afro-optimism/Afro-pessimism and the South African media. Critical Arts 23(3): 377-395.
  47. Wasserman, H. 2009. Extending the theoretical cloth to make room for African experience: An interview with Francis Nyamnjoh. Journalism Studies ­ 10(2): 281-293.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. Wasserman, H. & Rao, S. 2008. The glocalization of journalism ethics. Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism 9(2):163-181.
  54. Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. 2007. Global Journalism Ethics Revisited: A Postcolonial Critique. Global Media and Communication 3(1):29-50.
  55. 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.
  56. Wasserman, H. 2006.  Les médias afrikaans après l’apartheid : un héritage encombrant? Politique Africaine. 103:61-80.
  57. Wasserman, H. 2006. Tackles and sidesteps: normative maintenance and paradigm repair in mainstream media reactions to tabloid journalism. Communicare 25(1): 59-80.
  58. Wasserman, H. 2006. Globalised values and postcolonial responses: South African perspectives on normative media ethics. The International Communication Gazette 68(1): 71-91.
  59. 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.
  60. Wasserman, H. 2005. Journalism education as transformative praxis. Ecquid Novi 26(2): 159-174.
  61. 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.
  62. Wasserman, H. 2005. Renaissance and resistance: Using ICTs for social change in South Africa. African Studies 64(2): 177-199.
  63. Wasserman, H. 2005. Talking of change: constructing social identities in South African media debates. Social Identities 11(1): 75-85.
  64. Wasserman, 2005. Debating the media, shaping identity: postcolonial discourse and public criticism. Communicatio 31(1):49-60.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.).
  67. Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A.S. 2004. Covering HIV/Aids: towards a heuristic comparison between communitarian and utilitarian ethics. Communicatio 30(2): 84-97.
  68. Wasserman, H. 2004. Revisiting reviewing: the need for a debate on the role of arts journalism in South Africa. Literator 25(1):139-157.
  69. 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.
  70. Wasserman, H.& Boloka, M. 2004. Privacy, the press and the public interest in postapartheid South Africa. Parliamentary Affairs 57(1): 185-195.
  71. 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.
  72. Wasserman, H. & Van Zyl, L. 2003. Independent or embedded? An exploration of views of the Presidential Press Corps. Communicare 22(1):117-130.
  73. Wasserman, H. 2002. Between the local and the global – South African languages and the Internet. Asian and African Studies 1(4) 303-321.
  74. Wasserman, H. 2002. Free but responsible – ethical decision-making as a basic journalistic skill. Ecquid Novi 23 (1): 137-143.
  75. Wasserman, H. 2001. Intercultural Dialogue in Recent Afrikaans texts: A Discourse of Identity. Pretexts: Literary and Cultural Studies. 10 (1): 37-50.
  76. Wasserman, H. 2000. Postcolonial Cultural Identity in Recent Afrikaans Literary Texts. Journal of Literary Studies. Volume 16:3/4. December. 90-114.
  77. 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)

  1. Wasserman, H. 2014. South African perceptions of Chinese soft power initiatives: A firm place for China on the news agenda. In: Jannusch, S., C. Dietz, S. Grassi, T. Kutscher & P. Leusch (eds.). Promoting Alternative Views in a Multipolar World: BRICS and their Evolving Role in Developing Media Markets. Berlin: Forum Media and Development (Fome), pp. 35-42.
  2. Wasserman, H, 2013. Zuowei jinzhuan huoban de Nanfei yu Zhongguo: Meiti shiye xia de diyuan zhengzhi zhuanbian zhi tanjiu (South Africa and China as as BRICS partners: media perspectives on geopolitical shifts), trans. SHI, Anbin, WANG Xi & SHEN, Wenjing, Xinwen jie (Journalism Studies), Vol. 28, Issue 18 (September 2013)., pp.71-77.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Academic review articles and essays

  1. Wasserman, H. 2019. Review of China’s Media Go Global, edited by Daya Kishan Thussu, Hugo de Burgh and Anbin Shi. Critical Arts 32 (5-6):138-140
  2. Paterson, C., Gadzekpo, A. & Wasserman, H. 2018. Journalism and Foreign Aid in Africa. Introduction to special issue, African Journalism Studies 39(2): 1-8
  3. Wasserman, H. 2018.China’s media in Africa: Expansion, perception, and reception. Expert Comment: Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute.https://doc-research.org/de/2018/07/chinas-media-africa-expansion-perception-reception/
  4. Wasserman, H. 2018. Digitalisation of the media in Africa: Prospects for change. Expert Comment: Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute. https://doc-research.org/en/digitalisation-of-the-media-in-africa-prospects-for-change/
  5. Wasserman, H. 2017. Professionalism and Ethics: The Need for a Global Perspective (Commentary). Journalism and Communication Monographs. 19(4) : 312-316
  6. Wasserman, H. 2017. Aspects of Global Media Ethics:Protonorms and Listening. Expert Comment: Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute. https://doc-research.org/en/aspects-global-media-ethics-protonorms-listening/
  7. Wasserman, H. & Maweu, J. 2014. The Freedom to be Silent? Market Pressures on Journalistic Normative Ideals at the Nation Media Group in Kenya. Review of African Political Economy.
  8. Richards, I. & Wasserman, H. 2013. The heart of the matter: journal editors and journals. (Review Essay) Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism. 14(6): 823-836.
  9. Wasserman, H. 2012. China in South Africa: Another BRIC in the wall? In: Fuller, M. , Nebbe, M. , Schreiner, W. (Eds). Africa Growth Report. Beirut, Boston, Pretoria, Tianjin, Zurich: InnoVatio Publishing, pp. 137-146.
  10. 10.     Wasserman, H. 2012. The need for nuance. Rhodes Journalism Review 32. P.8.
  11. Wasserman, H. 2012. Review of Love it or Loathe It: Audience Responses to Tabloids in the UK and Germany by Mascha K. Brichta. Communications: European Journal of Communication Research.  425-427.
  12. Wasserman, H. 2012. Review of International Journalism and Democracy, edited by Angela Romano. Australian Journalism Review.
  13. Wasserman, H. 2011. Africa’s Society: Mobile Phones, Democracy and Social Change in Africa: Different Approaches. In: Fuller, M. , Nebbe, M. , Schreiner, W. (Eds). Africa Growth Report. 120-128. Beirut, Boston, Pretoria, Tianjin, Zurich: InnoVatio Publishing.
  14. Wasserman, H. 2010. Teaching Critical Global Journalism. Rhodes Journalism Review 30: 28-29.
  15. Wasserman, H. 2007. Is our media (still) racist? Global Media Journal (Africa) http://academic.sun.ac.za/gmja/prof1.htm.
  16. Wasserman, H. 2009. Review of Reading Tabloids: Tabloid Newspapers and their Readers  by Sofia Johansson. Media, Culture & Society 31(2): 338-339.
  17. Wasserman, H. 2008. Review of Tsotsi, a film by Gavin Hood. Journal of African Media Studies 1(1):185-188.

15.      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.

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

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

18.      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.

19.      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.

20.     Wasserman, H. & De Beer, A. 2003. A New Public Sphere? Rhodes Journalism Review 23: 32-33.

21. Wasserman, H. 2003. Post-apartheid media debates and the discourse of identity. Ecquid Novi 24 (2): 217-223.

22. Wasserman, H. 2003. Review of It’s my life, a film by Brian Tilley. Safundi, Journal for South  African and American Comparative Studies. July.

23. Wasserman, H. 2003. Review article: A view from Africa on media ethics. Ecquid Novi 24(2). 237-239.

24. Wasserman, H. 2003. Review article: A view from Africa on media ethics. Ecquid Novi 24(2). 237-239.

Consultative Reports

  1. Wasserman, H. & Benequista, N. 2017. Pathways to Media Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa. Centre for International Media Assistance.
  2. Wasserman, H. & Bosch, T. 2016.  Position paper on the status of media development and diversity in the South African media sector. Media Diversity and Development Agency.
 

Discussion articles and Op-Ed pieces in popular media

  1. Wasserman, H. 2019.  Assange: vrot met sy kat, vuil en nie ‘n gawe knaap (Assange: bad with his cat, dirty and not a nice fellow). Vrye Weekblad 19 April. https://www.vryeweekblad.com/menings-en-debat/2019-04-19-assange-vrot-met-sy-kat-vuil-en-nie-n-gawe-knaap/
  2. Wasserman, H. 2019. Revival of Afrikaans anti-apartheid paper is good news. But change is in order. The Conversation 28 February. https://theconversation.com/revival-of-afrikaans-anti-apartheid-paper-is-good-news-but-change-is-in-order-112538
  3. Wasserman, H. & Madrid-Morales, D. 2018. Study sheds new light on scourge of “fake” news in Africa. The Conversation. 21 November. https://theconversation.com/study-sheds-light-on-scourge-of-fake-news-in-africa-106946
  4. Wasserman, H. 2018. Why journalists in South Africa should do some self-reflection. The Conversation. 19 October. http://theconversation.com/why-journalists-in-south-africa-should-do-some-self-reflection-105056
  5. Wasserman, H. & Madrid-Morales, D. 2018. The limits of Chinese interference in the African media landscape. Asia Dialogue: The online magazine of the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute. 16 October. https://theasiadialogue.com/2018/10/16/the-limits-of-chinese-interference-in-africas-media-landscape/
  6. Wasserman, H. 2018. Goeienag, Generaal? (Book review of The Lost Boys of Bird Island) 17 August. https://www.netwerk24.com/Vermaak/Boeke/goeienag-generaal-20180817  Appeared in English as ‘What happened on Bird Island’ in Africa is a Country https://africasacountry.com/2018/08/bird-island 22 August.
  7. Wasserman, H. 2018. Why economic questions are key to Africa’s media freedom debate. The Conversation.  16 May. http://theconversation.com/why-economic-questions-are-key-to-africas-media-freedom-debate-96429
  8. Jacobs, S. & Wasserman, H. 2018. How social media is reshaping protest narratives.  News24. 11 May. https://www.news24.com/Analysis/siqalo-showed-how-social-media-is-reshaping-protest-narratives-20180511
  9. Wasserman, H. 2018. Where the Social is Political. Africa is a Country. 27 April. https://africasacountry.com/2018/04/where-the-social-is-political
  10. Wasserman, H. 2018. A Wild Fig Grows in Rowan Street: An Interview with Sampie Terreblanche. Africa is a Country. 18 February. http://africasacountry.com/2018/02/a-wild-fig-grows-in-rowan-street/
  11. Wasserman, H. 2018.  Axing ANN7 in South Africa may send wrong signal for media freedom. The Conversation 6 February https://theconversation.com/axing-ann7-in-south-africa-may-send-wrong-signal-for-media-freedom-91180
  12. Wasserman, H. 2017. South Africa’s media should beware of being the voice of only some. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/south-africas-media-should-beware-of-being-the-voice-of-only-some-85911 19 October.
  13. Wasserman, H. 2017. Moet ons bang wees vir vals nuus? (Should we be afraid of fake news?) http://www.litnet.co.za/moet-ons-bang-wees-vir-vals-nuus/ 7 March.
  14. Wasserman, H. 2017. In the Twitter trenches: how fake news influences journalism. News 24. 26 January. http://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/in-the-twitter-trenches-how-fake-news-influences-journalism-20170126.
  15. Wasserman, H., Bosch, T. & Chuma, W. 2016. Voices of the Poor are Missing from South Africa’s Media. The Conversation. 22 January. https://theconversation.com/voices-of-the-poor-are-missing-from-south-africas-media-53068
  16. Wasserman, H. 2016. Verlede soos aan eie lyf gevoel. Rapport 27 November. https://www.netwerk24.com/Vermaak/Boeke/verlede-soos-aan-eie-lyf-gevoel-20161126
  17. Wasserman, H. 2016. Is SA ‘n leier of boelie in Afrika? Rapport 28 Augustus.http://www.netwerk24.com/Vermaak/Boeke/is-sa-n-leier-of-boelie-in-afrika-20160827 (Appeared in English as ‘Getting beyond the usual South African reporting on “Africa”’ in Africa is a Country, September 8, 2016 http://africasacountry.com/2016/09/getting-beyond-the-usual-south-african-reporting-on-africa/ ).
  18. Jacobs, S. & Wasserman, H. 2015. The day mainstream media became old in South Africa. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/11/25/the-day-mainstream-media-became-old-in-south-africa/.
  19. Wasserman, H. 2015. Deel op Facebook of red ‘n lewe? #xenomedia. Litnet 22 April. http://www.litnet.co.za/deel-op-facebook-of-red-n-lewe-xenomedia/.
  20. Wasserman, H. 2014.  Constructive Journalism: Emerging Trend or a Recipe for Complacency, World News Publishing Focus. http://blog.wan-ifra.org/2014/11/18/constructive-journalism-emerging-mega-trend-or-a-recipe-for-complacency.
  21. Wasserman, H. 2013. Birth of a new communications order. China Daily (Africa) 12 August. http://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2013-08/12/content_16887849.htm.
  22. Wasserman, H. 2013. What on earth is going on downstairs? China Daily (Africa) 31 May. http://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2013-05/31/content_16550659.htm.
  23. Wasserman, H. 2013. Brics through the media’s eyes. The Star 26 March p. 34.
  24. Wasserman, H. 2013. Beyond the tired stereotypes. China Daily (Africa) 22 February. P.8 http://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2013-02/22/content_16248223.htm.
  25. Wasserman, H. 2012. Of vultures and watchdogs. Center for Journalism Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison http://ethics.journalism.wisc.edu/2012/12/11/of-vultures-and-watchdogs/ Republished as Reporting Mandela: Of vultures and watchdogs. The Media Online http://themediaonline.co.za/2012/12/reporting-mandela-of-vultures-and-watchdogs/.
  26. Wasserman, H. 2012. Partners in cautious optimism. China Daily (Africa) 21 December. P.8http://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2012-12/21/content_16039081.htm.

27.     Haupt, A. & Wasserman, H. 2012. Gang rape, murder: Are these children truly ‘born free’?.Mail & Guardian, 23 April.

28. Wasserman, H. & Solomon, M. 2012. Outcry and protest as South Africa passes new ‘Secrecy Bill’ The World Today, Chatham House, London. January. Pp. 24-27.

29. Wasserman, H. & Jacobs, S. 2011. Commercialism, Zille, political reporting and Independent Newspapers. The Media Online 9 December. http://themediaonline.co.za/2011/12/commercialism-zille-political-reporting-and-independent-newspapers/.

30. Wasserman, H. & Jacobs, S. 2011. It’s time to be offended. Daily Maverick 5 May. http://www.thedailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2011-05-05-it-is-time-to-be-offended.

Conference papers and guest lectures

Invited papers and keynote addresses

  1. Wasserman, H. 2019. ‘The Ethics of Listening:  Social media, polarised publics and ‘the crisis of journalism’.  Invited presentation at conference of group of  experts at Media Ethics Think Tank Qatar (METT), Doha, Qatar, January.
  2. Wasserman, H. 2018. ‘Media, conflict and democratisation in Africa: Political communication by other means’. Invited keynote paper, Strategic Communication in Business and Politics conference, State University of St Petersburg, Russia. November.
  3. Wasserman, H. 2018. ‘How do we conceptualize cross-border journalism?’ Invited roundtable participant, International Conference ‘Journalism Across Borders’. Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany. September.
  4. Wasserman, H. 2018. ‘Accountability and the African Media in the Digital Age’. Volkswagen Stiftung Herrenhausen Conference ‘Transparency and Society: Between Promise and Peril’, Berlin-Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, Germany. June.
  5. Wasserman, H. 2017.  ‘China-Africa Media Relations: What We Know So Far’.  China Communication Forum, Xiamen University, China. August.
  6. Wasserman, H. 2017. ‘The Social is Political: Media, Protest and Change in Africa’. ICA Preconference ‘African Media in the Digital Age’. Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA. May.
  7. Wasserman, H. 2017. ‘Questions of Global Media Ethics’. Digital Dialogue of Civilizations, Berlin, Germany. April (presented via Skype)
  8. Wasserman, H. 2016. China’s media in Africa: expansion, perception and reception. Invited seminar speaker, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, 28 November.
  9. Wasserman, H. 2016. China’s media in Africa: expansion, perception and reception. Invited seminar speaker, Coventry University, Coventry, UK, 30 November.
  10. Wasserman, H. 2016. ‘This Time for Africa’? Keynote Address, International Communication Association (ICA), Regional conference, Nairobi, Kenya. October.
  11. Wasserman, H. 2016. The Global Impact of BRICS Media: South Africa. Invited contribution to roundtable discussion. ‘Media systems in flux: The challenge of the BRICS countries’. University of Westminster, London.  25 July.
  12. Wasserman, H. 2016. Enlisting Journalism Education for Peace-Building: Problems and Prospects. Keynote address, Unesco Workshop: ‘Towards A Journalism Of Peace: Enhancing Intercultural Competencies Through Journalism Curricula And Newsroom Editorial Policies. Nairobi, Kenya. April.
  13. Wasserman, H. 2014. China’s “Soft Power” and Editorial Agendas in South Africa. Invited paper at international symposium “China and Africa: Media, Communications and Public Diplomacy”, hosted by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) (Norway) in cooperation with Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Beijing, September.
  14. Wasserman, H. 2014. Ethics from the bottom-up: South African perspectives on listening as an alternative to professionalism. Invited paper at Global Media Ethics Roundtable, Beijing, China. April.
  15. Wasserman, H. 2014. Youth, Conflict and Governance in Africa: Political community and political change. Invited contribution to workshop at Yale University, February.
  16. Wasserman, H. 2013. Ubuntu, relationality and listening: Normative explorations for the media. Invited paper at roundtable on “Ubuntu, Communication and Freedom of Expression”.University of Johannesburg, November.
  17. Wasserman, H. 2013. South African approaches towards media development in the region and perceptions of Chinese activities. Invited address to the Forum Media and Development, Berlin, Germany, October.
  18. Wasserman, H. 2013. Echoes of Levison: press freedom, regulation and ethics in South Africa Invited presentation to Association for Journalism Education, UK. Newcastle University, June. (presented via Skype).
  19. Wasserman, H. 2013. Invited discussant at conference ‘Mobile Africa Revisited’. Control and Navigation: People Searching to Reach their Goals in an Ever More (In)Flexible World.  Afrika Studiecentrum, Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands. February 2013.
  20. Wasserman, H. 2012. South Africa and China as BRICS partners: media perspectives on geopolitical shifts. Invited keynote address, Conference ‘The Future of Global Communication and Journalism’ Tsinghua University, Beijing, December.
  21. Wasserman, H. 2012. Media self-regulation: democratic ideals and contextual challenges. Invited presentation to Fourth National Dialogue on Media Development, ‘Investing in Media to Enhance Democratic Governance’. Rwanda Media Commission, Kigali, Rwanda. 27-28 November.
  22. Wasserman, H. 2012. South African media: local contests and global shifts. Seminar ‘How Emerging States are Re-Shaping the Global Order’. Invited seminar presentation, Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Helsinki, Finland. 13 November.
  23. Wasserman, H. 2012. South Africa’s membership of BRICS: media perspectives. Invited participant in roundtable on media in BRICS countries, Moscow Readings conference, Moscow State University, Russia, November.
  24. Wasserman, H.  2012. Journalism in a new democracy: the ethics of listening. Professorial Inaugural lecture, Rhodes University. http://eprints.ru.ac.za/3548/.
  25. Wasserman, H. 2011. China in Africa: The Media’s Response to a Developing Relationship. Invited paper at conference ‘China in a Global Context’, The University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China. May.
  26. 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. December.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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 session papers

  1. Wasserman, H. 2018. African digital media cultures as an optic on the global: epistemological and ethical questions. ICA  Regional conference, Accra, Ghana. November.
  2. Wasserman, H. 2018. Conflict at the crossroads: exploring ethical frameworks for the mediatization of democracy in Africa. South African Communication Association, Johannesburg, September.
  3. Wasserman, H. 2018. Challenging authoritarianism: Revisiting Journalism Theory in New Democracies. Annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, May.
  4. Wasserman, H. 2018.Moral Panic about ‘Fake News’ as Boundary Work.Annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, May.
  5. Wasserman, H. 2018. Chinese media in Africa: Assistance, aid, audiences. Symposium on Journalism and Foreign Aid, Accra, Ghana. February.
  6. Wasserman, H. 2017. The shifting landscape of aid and journalism in Africa: notes for exploration.  IAMCR Pre-conference: Reflections on Foreign Aid, Philanthropy and Change in Media Systems. Cartagena, Colombia, July.
  7. Wasserman, H. 2017. The Twitter trenches in South Africa’s propaganda war. Paper on panel: The politics of fake news: What is it, who is responsible, and what can be done about it? International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) annual conference. Cartagena, Colombia. July.
  8. Wasserman, H. & Madrid-Morales, D. 2017. How effective is Chinese mediated public diplomacy in Kenya and South Africa? An audience perspective. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) annual conference. Cartagena, Colombia. July.
  9. Bosch, T. & Wasserman, H.  2017. Talking, shouting or listening? An assessment of the role of social media in South Africa’s student protests in 2016. International Communication Association annual conference, San Diego, USA, May.
  10. Wasserman, H. 2017. South African Creative industries and Soft Power. International Communication Association annual conference, San Diego, USA, May.
  11. Wasserman, H. 2017. African Histories of the Internet. International Communication Association annual conference, San Diego, USA, May.
  12. Wasserman, H. & Bosch, T. 2017. Global National Populist Movements and Moments: Xenophobia in South Africa. International Communication Association annual conference, San Diego, USA, May.
  13. Couldry, N., Rodriquez, C., Goggin, G. & Wasserman, H. 2017. Global Interventions in Communication Policy, Rights, and Justice: Reflections on the International Panel on Social Progress. International Communication Association annual conference, San Diego, USA, May.
  14. Madrid-Morales, D. & Wasserman, H.2016. Chinese media presence in South Africa: assessing the impact on journalistic norms and values. ICA Regional conference, Nairobi, Kenya. October.
  15. Wasserman, H. 2016. Shifting power relations, shifting images: The implications of China-Africa relations for Africa’s media image. International Association for Media and Communication Research, Leicester, UK. July.
  16. Wasserman, H. & Ndlovu, M. 2016. Changes in making news in South African journalism and their implications for journalists’ attention to their audience. International Association for Media and Communication Research, Leicester, UK. July.
  17. Goggin, G., Thomas, P., Volkmer, I., Wasserman, H. 2016. Global Media Policy, Governance, and Rights Beyond NWCIS and WSIS: Reflections on the International Panel on Social Progress. International Association for Media and Communication Research, Leicester, UK. July.
  18. Wasserman, H. , Bosch, T., Chuma, W. 2016. Communication from above and below: media, protest and democracy. South African Communication Association (Sacomm) Annual conference. Bloemfontein, South Africa, October.
  19. Chuma, W. Bosch, T., Wasserman, H. 2016. Communication from above and below: media, protest and democracy. South African Communication Association (Sacomm) Annual conference. Bloemfontein, South Africa, October.
  20. Chuma, W., Bosch, T., Wasserman. 2016. Print media coverage of community protests in South Africa. 2016 Mennell Media Exchange Workshop, Johannesburg, 20 August 2016.
  21. Chuma, W.,  Wasserman, H. and Bosch, T. 2016. Social movements and the use of alternative communicative strategies in democratization conflicts in South Africa,IPSA conference in Poznac, Poland, July 23-28th.
  22. Wasserman, H. 2016. Social media in a bifurcated public sphere: The Internet and society in South Africa. International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan. June.
  23. Wasserman, H. 2016. China-Africa relations and its influence on normative perceptions in South Africa. International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan. June.
  24. Wasserman, H. 2015. Reporting Focac/China-Africa Relations:  Angles, pitfalls and possibilities.  Roundtable: Reporting Focac6: A Turning Point for Africa-China Engagement. Wits University, Johannesburg, November.
  25. Wasserman, H., Bosch, T., Chuma, W.  2015 Questioning the media -democracy link: Journalists’ views. South African Communication Association (SACOMM) Annual Conference, Cape Town. 28-30 September.
  26. Wasserman, H. 2015. Perceived impact of China-Africa relations on media ethics and professional norms in South Africa. International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual conference, Montreal, Canada, 12-17 July.
  27. Bosch, T., Chuma, W. & Wasserman, H. 2015. Print media coverage of service delivery protests in South Africa:  A content analysis.  International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual conference, Montreal, Canada, 12-17 July.
  28. Wasserman, H. 2015. Charlie Hebdo comes to Cape Town: global norms in a local context. International Communication Association, Annual conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. 21-25 May.
  29. Wasserman, H. 2015. The hard edges of soft power: the case of the Dalai Lama’s South African visa. International Communication Association, Annual conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. 21-25 May.
  30. Wasserman, H. 2015. China-Africa media: contestations and collaborations. Re-Thinking African-Asian Relationships: Changing Realities – New Concepts. AFRASO conference, Cape Town, South Africa. March.
  31. Wasserman, H. 2015. Listening past difference: Towards a compassionate ethics of communication. Conversations on the Bible. Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS). Stellenbosch, South Africa. March.
  32. De Beer, A.S., Beckett, S., Malila, V. & Wasserman, H. 2014. The Worlds of Journalism Study in South Africa 2014: Early results show possible new directions. Annual conference of the European Communication Research Association, Lisbon, Portugal.
  33. Malila, V., De Beer, A.S.,  Beckett, S., Wasserman, H. 2014. Binary opposites – Can South African journalists be both watchdogs and developmental journalists? First impressions from the South African Worlds of Journalism Study. Annual conference of the South African Communication Association (Sacomm), Potchefstroom, October (in absentia).
  34. Wasserman, H. 2014. China’s “Soft Power” and Editorial Agendas in South Africa. International symposium “China and Africa: Media, Communications and Public Diplomacy”, hosted by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) (Norway) in cooperation with Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies, Chinese Academy of  Social Sciences. Beijing, September.
  35. Zhang, X., Wasserman, H. & Mano, W. 2014. China’s Soft Power in Southern Africa: Projection and Perception. International Symposium on China’s Soft Power in Africa: emerging media and cultural relations between China and Africa. University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, September.
  36. Wasserman, H. 2014. Chinese soft power and the South African Media.  Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Hyderabad, India, July.
  37. Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. 2014. A media not for all: Democracy and exclusion in Indian and South African media. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Hyderabad, India, July.
  38. Wasserman, H. 2013. Media, democracy and citizenship: an ethics of listening. South African Communication Association annual conference, Port Elizabeth, September.
  39. Wasserman, H. 2013. China’s soft power within the BRICS alignment: the view from the South African media. Conference: Communicating Soft Power: Contrasting Perspectives from India and China.  University of Westminster, London, UK. September.
  40. Wasserman, H., Mano, W. & Zhang, X. 2013. Charting the future of global journalism: China’s soft power in Africa. Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, Wales, September.
  41. Wasserman, H. & Ramaprasad, J. 2013. Comparing across continents: Journalists in South Africa and India. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Dublin, Ireland. June.
  42. Wasserman, H. & Garman, A. 2013. The meanings of citizenship: media use and democracy in South Africa. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Dublin, Ireland. June.

43.      Wasserman, H., Garman, A., Malila, V., Oelofsen, M. 2013. Making meaning of citizenship: citizens’ use of the media in South Africa’s democratic evolution. Colloquium ‘Media and Citizenship: Identity Politics, Politicized Identities And The Question Of Belonging. University of South Africa, Pretoria, February.

  1. Wasserman, H. & Amner, R. 2012. Ethics as ‘public’ and ‘relational’: teaching ‘democratic listening’ to South African journalism students.  Conference ‘Journalism Ethics: Individual, Institutional or Cultural?’ at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, UK. September.
  2. Wasserman, H. 2012. Academic journals and knowledge production: South-North conversations between editors (also panel convenor and chair). Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Durban, July.
  3. Wasserman, H. 2012.  China in Africa: Another BRIC in the wall?  Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Durban, July.
  4. Wasserman, H. & Garman, A. 2012. Speaking out as citizens: voice, agency and participation in post-apartheid South Africa. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Durban, July.
  5. Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. 2012. Journalism in the New Media World Order: The changing face of journalism practices in China, India, and South Africa. First International Conference on Journalism Studies, Santiago, Chile, June.
  6. Wasserman, H. & Garman, A. 2012. Being South African and belonging: the status and practice of mediated citizenship in a new democracy. The 7th Global Conference ‘Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship’, Prague, Czech Republic, March.
  7. Wasserman, H. 2012. The ethics of the everyday: towards cultural normativity of the South African media.  Conference ‘Beyond Normative Approaches: Everyday Media Culture in
    Africa’. Wits University, Johannesburg, February.
  8. Wasserman, H. 2011. An ethics of listening: thoughts on the disjunctures between media, democracy and citizenship in South Africa.  3rd Media Ethics Roundtable, Delhi, India, November.
  9. Wasserman, H. 2011. The Presence Of The Past: The Uses of History in Contemporary South African Journalism Discourses. South African Communication Association Annual Conference, Pretoria, September.
  10. Wasserman, H. 2011. Media, Marginalization and Citizenship in South Africa. Preconference colloquium on Media, Democracy and Transformation, South African Communication Association. Pretoria. August.
  11. Wasserman, H. 2011. (Panel convenor) The Role of Journals in Journalism Research and Education: Core-Periphery Relations. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Istanbul, Turkey. July.
  12. Wasserman, H. 2011. Journalism for whom? Global and local dimensions of South African media freedom debates. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Istanbul, Turkey. July.
  13. Wasserman, H. 2011. (Panel convenor) Popular media, marginalization and citizenship in South Africa. Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Istanbul, Turkey. July.
  14. Wasserman, H. 2011. De-centering infotainment: South African popular media and the politics of the everyday. Presentation on panel De-centering Global Communication and the ‘Rise of the Rest’, at the annual convention of the International Communication Association (ICA), Boston, USA, May 2011.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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

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

19. 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. Global Journalism 2.0. World Journalism Education Congress. Grahamstown, South Africa.

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

21. 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.

22. Wasserman, H. 2009. Roles and responsibilities: How politicians, intermediaries and journalists in South Africa and Namibia view their relationships. Seminar on Political Communication in New Democracies, University of Sheffield, November.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. 2009. Global or ‘glocal’ media ethics? International Communication Association Preconference on Media Ethics, Chicago, USA, May. (presented in absentia).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Wasserman, H. 2008. Past and present media for development: The case of South African Tabloids.  African Studies Association UK conference. Preston, UK, September.
  10. Botma, G. & Wasserman, H. 2008. Lightning strikes twice: The 2007 Rugby World Cup and memories of a South African rainbow nation. South African Communication Association, Pretoria, September.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Wasserman, H. 2005. Journalism education as transformative praxis. Colloquium on Education in Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. June.
  24. Rao, S. & Wasserman, H. 2005. Global Media Ethics Revisited: A Postcolonial Critique. Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, New York City, USA. May.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Wasserman, H. 2004. Panel participant “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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Wasserman, H. 2002. The Internet And South African Languages: Potential And Problems. Annual meeting of the African Studies Association, Washington D.C., USA. December.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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 public talks and guest lectures

  1. ‘What Is Media Ethics And Why Is It Important?’ Workshop at Primedia Broadcasting, Cape Town. 31 October.
  2. ‘South African Media After Apartheid : Local Contests, Global Shifts’. Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. June 2018.
  3. South African Media After Apartheid : Local Contests, Global Shifts’. Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, University of Vienna. June 2018.
  4. South African Media After Apartheid : Local Contests, Global Shifts’. Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, University of Vienna. June 2018.
  5. ‘South African Media After Apartheid : Local Contests, Global Shifts’. Humboldt Salon, Munich, Germany. June 2018.
  6. ‘South African Media After Apartheid : Local Contests, Global Shifts’. Ein Welt Haus, Munich, Germany. June 2018.
  7. Invited participant, Symposium on Developing an Online Introduction to Public Deliberation. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, Ohio, USA. March 2018.
  8.  ‘Should we be afraid of fake news?’  Public lecture, South African Freelancers’ Association (Safrea), Cape Town. March 2017.
  9. ‘Should we be afraid of fake news?’  Public lecture, University of the Third Age, Somerset West. March 2017
  10. ‘History and change: African Journalism Studies’. Presentation at Taylor&Francis Editors’ Imbizo, Cape Town, October 2016.
  11. ‘Mediating China-Africa: the shifting geopolitics of information’. Lecture at UCT-LSE July School, UCT, July 2015.
  12. ‘The Oscar Pistorius Case: The Twitterverse, New Story Formats and the Ombudsman. ‘.
  13. Organisation of News Ombudsmen (ONO) Annual meeting, Cape Town, May 2015.
  14. ‘The Role of Media in a Democracy’, Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature’s Media Indaba, East London, June 2012.
  15. ‘Research in Journalism and Media Studies’ Academy for Research Librarians, Mount Fleur, Stellenbosch. (October 2011.).
  16. Do we have the skills to teach tabloid journalism? Conference ‘Mainstreaming Tabloids’, Media 24, Johannesburg. May.
  17. Centre d’Etudes Comparées en Communication Politique et Publique, Université Paris 12, France (April 2010) (“Political communication in South Africa and Namibia”).
  18. Department of Communication, University of Johannesburg, South Africa (June 2009) (“Political communication in South Africa and Namibia”).
  19. Department of Communication Science, University of South Africa (June 2009) (“South African tabloid newspaper audiences”).
  20. School of Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (March 2009) (“Media ethics in South Africa after apartheid”).
  21. Department of Communication Science, VU (Vrije Universiteit) Netherlands (April 2009) (“Media in South Africa after apartheid”, “Tabloid audiences in South Africa”).

22.     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”).

23. Department of Journalism, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK (October 2007) (“Media and Development”).

24. University of Venda, Tohoyandou, South Africa (May 2007) (“South African tabloids”).

25. Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa (May 2007) (“South African tabloids”).

26. 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”).

27. School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA (November 2006) (“South African Media after apartheid”).

28. Department of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (October 2006) (“Postcolonial theoretical approaches to media”).

29. Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (September 2006) (“Media ethics in South Africa”).

30…African Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (November 2006) (“The South African media landscape after apartheid”).

31. School of Journalism, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (November 2006) (“South African tabloid media”).

32. Guest lectures on Afrikaans literature: University of Leiden, Netherlands, University of Amsterdam, Limburg University Centre, Belgium. (1999).

Student supervision

PhD

  • Gabriel Botma (“Manufacturing cultural capital: Arts journalism at Die Burger 1990-1999”) (awarded 2011, University of Stellenbosch)
  • Tom Fox (“Mass media, Lifestyle and Young Adults’ (un)Reflexive Negotiation of Individual Identities in Windhoek’) (awarded 2012, University of Stellenbosch)
  • Jacinta Mwende Maweu (“An investigation into the influence of cross media ownership on journalists’ ethical decision- making at the Nation media group in Kenya”, awarded 2013, Rhodes University)
  • Admire Mare (“Facebook, youth and political action: A comparative study of Zimbabwe and South Africa”,  co-supervised, awarded 2016, Rhodes University)
  • Marietjie Oelofsen  (“Hearing the citizens: Inequality, access to journalists and the prospects for inclusively mediated spaces of political deliberation in South Africa”, co-supervised, awarded 2017, Rhodes University)
  • Azhagan Chengenna, current, University of Cape Town
  • Marian Pike, current, University of Cape Town
  • Willemien Calitz current, University of Cape Town
  • Lefa Afrika (co-supervised), current, University of Cape Town
  • Brian Pindayi current, University of Cape Town
  • Khulekani Ndlovu, current, University of Cape Town
  • Solly Moeng (co-supervised), current, University of Cape Town
  • Joy Marjawar (co-supervised) current, University of Cape Town
  • Storm Jade Brown (co-supervised) current, University of Cape Town
  • Tando Ntunja, current, University of Cape Town
  • Dinesh Balliah (co-supervised) current, University of the Witwatersrand

MPhil:

  • Rika Allen (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Gabriel Botma (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Michael Eckardt (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Giovanna Gerbi (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Chantal Rutter (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Bryan Silke (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Charlene Truter (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Helene Uys (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Novella Zazini (University of Stellenbosch)

MA:

  • Loyiso Mbatha (MA, 2011, Rhodes University)
  • Judith Tiri (MA, 2014 Rhodes University)
  • Mvuzo Ponono (MA, 2014, Rhodes University)
  • Stephane Meintjes (MA, 2014, Rhodes University)
  • Megan Schoeman (MA, 2014, Rhodes University)
  • Jenna Etheridge (co-supervised) 2018, University of Cape Town
  • Tzu Ting Hsu (co-supervised) 2019, University of Cape Town
  • Sunny Freeman (co-supervised, Master of Journalism, 2008, University of British Columbia)
  • Marl Pluijmen (co-supervised, Master of Journalism, 2008, Leiden University)
  • Jane Henshall (current), University of Cape Town
  • Jessica Barraclough (current), University of Cape Town
  • Vanessa Clark (current), University of Cape Town

Honours

  • Ashleigh Furlong (2015, UCT)
  • Jane Henshall (2016, UCT)
  • Grace Thompson (2017, UCT)
  • Martin Chandler (2017, UCT)
  • Vanessa Clarke (2017, UCT)
  • Joshua Stein (2018, UCT)
  • Grant Obeirne (2018, UCT)
  • Jessica Barraclough (2018, UCT)

Administration and Professional Services

Professional Bodies

Head, International Communication Section, International Association for Media and Communication Research (2013-2016)

Member, Nominating Committee, International Communication Association (2017).

University of Cape Town

  • Chair: Local Organizing Committee, Annual conference of the South African Communication Association (Sacomm) (2019)
  • Member of Preliminary Investigating Committee (2019, 2015)
  • Member of internal review panel: NRF research rating applications (2017, 2019)
  • Member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee (2014-present)
  • Member of Faculty Short Course Task Team (2017)
  • Member and chair of selection committees (2016).
  • Member of Faculty Research Committee (2016-2020).
  • Acting Chair of Faculty Ethics Committee (2017).
  • Member of Faculty and Hominem Promotions Committee (2016).
  • Chair of Review Panel for UCT Department of Philosophy (2015).
  • Chair of Development Forum for Administrative Staff Performance Appraisals in Humanities Faculty and serving on Faculty sub-committee for Exceeds Awards to Support Staff (2015, 2016).
  • Convenor (2013-2014) and member (2012-2015) of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Specialist Committee for evaluating and rating of researchers in Communication, Media Studies, Library and Information Sciences.

Rhodes University

  • Faculty of Humanities representative on the University Ethical Standards Committee (2011-2014).
  • Senate representative on University Research Committee (2012).
  • School of JMS representative on Faculty of Humanities Standing Committee (2013).
  • School of JMS representative on Higher Degrees Committee (2013).
  • Assessor of teaching portfolio for tenure purposes.

External Examiner

London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD)

University of Oslo (PhD)

University of Leeds (PhD)

National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

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)

Murdoch University, Australia (PhD)

University of Nottingham, UK (PhD)

University of St Petersburg, Russia (PhD)

Andhra University, India (PhD)

University of Ghana (Masters, PhD)

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)

University of Cape Town (MA, PhD)

University of Stellenbosch (PhD)

Editorial board memberships

        African Journalism Studies (Editor-in-Chief)

Annals of the International Communication Association (Associate Editor)

Australian Journalism Review

Communicatio

Communication, Culture & Critique

Global Media and Communication

Global Media and China

Harvard Misinformation Review

Internet Histories

Journal of African Media Studies

Journal of Mass Media Ethics

Journalism and Discourse Studies

Journalism Studies

Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism

Media Industries

Nordicom Review

Advisory board member: Sage Handbook on Censorship

Associate Editor: Oxford Encyclopaedia of Journalism Studies

Associate Editor:  The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society

Editorial Advisory Board Member: Global Handbook of Media Accountability (Routledge)

Advisory boards and review panels

Reviewer for South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), South African National Research Foundation (2019)

Reviewer for Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (2018, 2019)

External member of PhD dissertation committee, Temple University, USA (2019)

Peer reviewer for Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Germany (2019)

Referee for fellowship programme, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany (2018)

Member of awarding panel: The Bob Franklin Journal Article Award  (2018, 2019)

Department of Communication, University of Johannesburg (external consultant on curriculum review process, 2017)

Department of Communication Science, 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 and University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Member of the publications subcommittee of the South African Communication Association

External evaluator for tenure and promotion portfolios, University of Southern Illinois, USA, George Washington University, USA and University of Washington Bothell.

Community Engagement and Consultation

Acted as mediator for conflict resolution sessions at the University of Cape Town (2019)

Provide input into draft Media Ethics Code for the Qatar Media Hub (2019)

Presentations on Media Freedom and Sustainability, UNESCO/Namibia Media Trust, Windhoek, Namibia (2018, 2019)

Consultant, United Nations  Office for Drugs and Crime, Education for Justice Project (2018, 2019)

Mentor, Regional Research and Publication Workshop, Entebbe, Uganda, for International Communication Association (2017)

Consultant, Centre for International Media Assistance/National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C. (2017)

Consultant, Media Diversity and Development Agency (MDDA) (2015).

Lecture on ‘academic freedom’ to staff of Embury Institute for Teacher Education, Durban (2015).

Taught courses in Media Ethics to working journalists at Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Management.

Presentation to Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature’s Media Indaba on ‘The Role of Media in a Democracy’, East London, (2012).

Co-ordinated and co-authored Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies’ submission to the Press Freedom Commission public hearings (January 2012).

Public lecture at workshop on Climate Change and the Media, hosted by South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Johannesburg.

Presentation to Library Academy of Research Librarians Consortium, on “Research in Journalism and Media Studies”, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch.

Facilitated meeting between the ANC and media in the Eastern Cape to discuss relations, including negotiating a programme between different roleplayers. East London.

Participant in Idasa Programme on HIV/Aids, Governance and the Journalism Curricula, Cape Town (September 2010).

Advisor for the Social Movements and the Media project of the Panos Institute London HIV/Aids Programme (2006).

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 Newspaper Project; Forum for Community newspapers.

Volunteer journalistic work: Reviews for Fine Music Radio, Cape Town-based community radio station; discussant for Stellenbosch Film Forum.

Adjudication: M-Net/Rapport 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.

Professional Associations

Member of the International Communication Association (ICA)

Member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

Member of the South African Communication Association (Sacomm)

Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF)

Member of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF)

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