IAJ - The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism



The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) is an established media journalism and communications training institution based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The IAJ was set up by veteran South African editors and journalists to provide mid-career training to media professionals that is leading edge and relevant to the rapidly-changing media landscape.

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IAJ - Data Journalism for Journalists and Communicators

Data journalism, better termed data-driven journalism, is the process of collecting, filtering, interpreting and visualising the meaning of numbers in order to produce graphics and stories f......
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IAJ - Magic of Feature Writing

You know how to find a good story and write it in a way that captures and commands the readers’ attention; but do you know how to write a story that really stands out as the feature attracti......
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IAJ - From Scripts to TV

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IAJ - Advanced Writing for Radio

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IAJ - Report Writing for Professionals

This writers’ workshop focuses on core writing and editing skills for corporate communicators and researchers. It would also interest business and science writers. By the end of the course y......
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IAJ - Communication Strategy & Skills

Strategy is central in making communication a successful management process. Knowing what to include and omit is the most difficult part of the job. A successful communication strategy leads......
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IAJ - Advanced Radio Bulletin Editing

Radio news bulletins should provide target audiences relevant, up-to-the-minute news. To command listeners’ attention, be cogent and to the point, bulletin editors need to keep their audienc......
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IAJ - Journos Gym

This comprehensive, interactive course will refresh you on the basics and have you writing tight, entertaining stories that speak to your audience....
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IAJ - Layout & Design

Whether it's a magazine spread, a subway poster, or even a Web page, nothing connects or communicates like a great layout. Combined with the process of graphic design, learn how to create in......
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IAJ - Scripting for Broadcast of News Bulletins

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IAJ - Writing to Pictures

Television news and documentaries are very powerful ways of telling stories. Dramatic moving pictures and sequences reveal the horror or the beauty; the suffering or the triumph of human ex......
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IAJ - Writing for Online & Mobile

This course will be extremely interactive, using case studies and sample texts to ensure that you’ve not only heard the message, but put it into practice as well....
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IAJ - Mitigating a Media Crisis

This intensive Crisis Communication Training programme is designed to help you manage corporate incidents before they escalate into potentially threatening media crises....
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IAJ - Advanced Investigative Journalism

Good investigative journalism has the power to uncover and challenge corruption, injustice and criminal activities. It can turn the tide of opinion, overthrow regimes and it can literally ch......
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IAJ - Developing a Media Strategy

The world of media is changing. In addition to TV, radio and print, you now also have on-line and mobile communications. You can no longer talk about mass media without social media. This pr......
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IAJ - Creative Writing and Editing for Corporate Publications

This highly practical course is a must for all professionals interested in writing for corporate publications. This includes everyone from directors to media liaison personnel in public and ......
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IAJ - Social Media as Source & Platform

No communicator or organisation can afford to ignore social media. Not only do many stories unfold completely online, it provides unmatched insight into storied as they unfold....
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IAJ - Politics and Power in Polling Season: Reporting on Elections

This course aims to provide journalists with political insights into the power dynamics and political bargaining that are prevalent in pre-election and election cycles, and to arm them with ......
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IAJ - Photojournalism for Communicators

This course is designed for working communicators. This is an intensive, hands-on workshop where the photographers will understand the camera, create, shoot and edit their own photo story....
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IAJ - Speech Writing

A workshop course for corporate and government communicators and freelance writers to improve skills of speechwriting and develop strategies for better presentations, media impact and audien......
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IAJ - How to Interview Politicians

Interviewing politicians and their aides is a fine art, primarily because, without exception, they each have a specific agenda. This may be germane to them getting elected or to enhancing th......
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IAJ - Writing Opinion & Comment

Back by popular demand, Writing Opinion & Comment is presented by Denis Beckett. This two-day course is suitable for experienced journalists, columnists, bloggers and editors who want to vas......
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IAJ - Politics and Power in Polling Season: Reporting on Elections

This course aims to provide journalists with political insights into the power dynamics and political bargaining that are prevalent in pre-election and election cycles, and to arm them with ......
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IAJ - Advanced Subediting

Sub-editors are the craftsmen that make all writers look better; giving credible publications their individuality and professional edge, and readers the most satisfying read. When publicatio......
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IAJ - Dealing with the Media

Your effectiveness as media liaison will depend on whether you understand the media, how it works and what makes for effective copy. Designed for organisational spokespersons, public relatio......
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IAJ - Media Ethics across all Platforms

No one likes to think of themselves as unethical, but without an understanding of the various considerations involved, journalists can unknowingly cause harm and result in press council comp......
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IAJ - Media Law across all Platforms

Lawsuits against media are on the increase. Make sure you don’t get a hefty fine by getting to grips with South African Media law....
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1 Richmond Forum, Ground Floor
Cedar Avenue
Richmond, Johannesburg

Email: info@iaj.org.za
Phone: +27 11 482 4990
Fax: +27 11 482 8216

The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) is an established media journalism and communications training institution based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The IAJ was set up by veteran South African editors and journalists to provide mid-career training to media professionals that is leading edge and relevant to the rapidly-changing media landscape. The IAJ is South Africa’s premier provider of journalism and communications short courses, longer-term mentorships, and residency programmes, with an African footprint and global reach through our international partners.

Since its inception, tens of thousands of people have passed through the IAJ's doors, and many of them now occupy key posts in the media. Today, the IAJ has an unmatched reach across the African continent, and is internationally respected. It is independent of government, industry and academia – yet works closely with all these sectors in advancing the quality of journalism and communications.

Its innovative approach to curriculum development makes it responsive to the rapidly-changing media landscape, while acting to promote plurality in the media, and to strengthen democracy. Over two decades, it has earned a high reputation for providing relevant, tailored training for media, NGO, corporate, and government clients. The IAJ’s presence is extended internationally through partnerships with other top training institutions in Germany, India, and the United States.

For over two decades, it has earned a high reputation for providing relevant, tailored training for media, NGO, corporate, and government clients. The IAJ’s presence is extended internationally through partnerships with leading-edge training institutions in Germany, India, and the United States.

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