Digital Journalism

online short course

R7 500.00


10 weeks

Why a Digital Journalism Course?

According to Owen’s (2017) The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms survey, which reached over 2,200 newsroom employees from 130 countries including Sub-Saharan Africa, media are embracing digital skills. This means almost any current journalism and media job requires some digital or online knowledge and skills, be it social media, online writing, social media analytics, content creation or multimedia storytelling. In most newsrooms, journalists are expected to be multifaceted professionals. It is imperative for today’s journalists to understand the basics of journalism in the current digital space. This course will, therefore, introduce students to the concepts of digital and multimedia journalism.


The course will introduce you to what you are expected to do as digital journalists, how to use multimedia to tell stories, and how to write and structure content for online. The course will also touch on the ethical challenges facing journalism in the current digital era, including influencing factors such as social media, new technologies and new media platforms. The course also introduces some of the tools journalists can use in multimedia or digital journalism for reporting, editing, design or delivery of the content story.

Subject Expert


Melissa Zisengwe is a digital journalist, content creator and a civic technologist enthusiast with four years’ experience in various fields. She has worked in print and broadcasting in South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies (BJourn) and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English Language, Linguistics and Journalism and Media Studies), both from Rhodes University. Her experience ranges from student journalism at Rhodes University’s campus news organisations, including Oppidan Press, Activate and Rhodes Music Radio, to Radio Grahamstown as a newsreader in 2015 and Groccott’s Mail as a content producer in 2016.

After completing her honours degree in broadcast journalism she briefly worked at lifestyle magazines, through Spinnercom Media in 2017. In 2018 she worked as a technical journalist/features reporter at Creamer Media for the Engineering News, Polity and Mining Weekly publications. She currently works at the Wits Journalism Department for Jamlab and Civic Tech Innovation Network, two projects aimed at digital innovation in Africa. She hopes to study further in the near future, focusing on civic tech innovations, digital rights and data rights with a specific focus on Africa.

Tutor Support

With the freedom that online education brings, CityVarsity Online students can upskill in their own time, from almost anywhere on earth. Well, anywhere where the internet is accessible, that is. But although our students may roam far and wide, they are never far out of our minds.

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience. The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

In order to get the full benefit from this course, you require the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Stable internet connection
  • Firefox/Microsoft Edge/Chrome web browser (latest version)
  • Adobe Acrobat, or similar PDF viewer
  • Microsoft Word/Pages (ability to export documents as PDF files)
  • Email/Cell phone for notifications and communication

How You Will Learn

  • Online Learning Studio
  • Module Notes
  • Videos
  • External URLs
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Feedback
  • Forum Discussions
  • Academic Support

This course is presented through an interactive learning platform – our Online Learning Studio. You are encouraged to refer to external URLs for a broader understanding and complete the quizzes in order to test your own grasp of each module. Feedback on your assignments will deepen your learning experience, and your participation in the discussion forum with your fellow students brings the classroom into your space.


Upon successful completion of your course, you will be awarded a CityVarsity Online certificate.

module outline

  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    An introduction to digital journalism
  • MODULE 2
    The current trends in digital journalism
  • MODULE 3
    Writing for the web
  • MODULE 4
    Social media for journalism
  • MODULE 5
    Digital media content
  • MODULE 6
    Revenue models used by the media
  • MODULE 7
    Digital journalism ethics
  • MODULE 8
    Digital safety and security for journalists
  • MODULE 9

Payment options available to you

Credit Card
Payment Plan
EFT/Direct Deposit


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