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By Bonginkosi Tiwane

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Wits graduate Azania Mosaka shines at International Journalists’ Safety Conference in Oslo

The former radio broadcaster presented a research on how editors manage trauma in the newsroom.

After graduating from Wits University with an Honours degree in Journalism and Media Studies in July, Azania Mosaka – former radio broadcaster – presented her research at the 9th International Conference on the Safety of Journalists 2023 in Oslo, Norway.

Azania’s research zoomed-into how editors manage trauma in the newsroom.  

“Journalism comes with many occupational risks and in doing journalism; journalists are frequently exposed to traumatic occurrences at great personal risk,” wrote Azania in a post on her Instagram.

“This leaves journalists susceptible to mental health problems and symptoms related to burnout, depression, anxiety, compassion fatigue and PTSD [Post-traumatic stress disorder]. My research looked into how editors manage the occurrence of these symptoms in the newsroom.”

Annually in the first week of November, in relation to UN’s International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, MEKK (Media, War and Conflict research group) at Oslo Metropolitan University organizes an international conference on the safety of journalists in cooperation with UNESCO Norway and The Freedom of Speech Institution.

The annual MEKK conferences have become an important meeting place for professionals and organizations in the field of journalists safety. They bring together practicing journalists, educators, and researchers at these conferences.

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Azania the journo

The former 702 and Metro FM on-air personality also facilitated research paper presentations on climate change and disaster journalism, with academics presenting their research on disaster reporting (natural and unnatural) in Türkiye, Pakistan, India, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Azania thanked the Wits University, but especially the institution’s Centre for Journalism.

Azania was part of the slew of prominent South Africans who graduated at Wits in July. The institution also paid homage to her. “Congratulations to South African broadcaster, journalist and Witsie, Azania Mosaka. Azania graduated with honours degree in journalism and media studies (with distinction),” averred the institution.

Actress Sibulele Gcilitshana was also one of the graduates around July. The dancer, singer and theatre workshop facilitator graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology.

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Former Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, graduated with an MBA, making her a three-time Wits graduate. The 2016 Miss SA winner quoted US psychologist on her graduation day, sharing a message about grit.

“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

After studying sound engineering in 2000, DJ Cleo enrolled at Wits for a course in property investment in 2019 and later decided to do a BA degree in business management.

“Today I embark on a journey that I’ve ignored for almost 20 years. I’m nervous and excited. It’s going to take a lot of dedication, hard work, sweat and tears. I hope I can inspire many people out there. I’m ready. See y’all in 2023 on graduation day,” he wrote on social media in 2020.

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