Journalism Internship Opportunity at The Wits Justice Project 2017

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9 Jun, 2017

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Internships in South Africa

Wits Justice Project (WJP) is housed in the Journalism Department in the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (WITS). It was inspired by the Medill Justice Project in the USA that focused on the exoneration of wrongfully convicted persons.

At WITS, the Project continues to use the power of Investigative journalism to cover miscarriages of justice whilst utilising the media environment to educate and raise public awareness on extensive and systemic problems in the criminal justice system.

From analysis of the criminal justice process, emerges Advocacy work in light of rights and conditions in prison, cognisant of the fact we are held accountable to our Constitution, International conventions, covenants and laws.

We support inmates on various matters including, procedure, case file review as well as writing articles on their situation and reporting human rights abuses.

As extended Public engagement we hope to reach diverse demographics and utilise art and video to increase knowledge of such issues.

The Wits Justice Project seeks to appoint a Journalism Intern to be based in Johannesburg.

Opportunity closing date: Monday, 12 June, 2017

Remuneration: Competitive monthly stipend.

This is a six month contract with an option to renew once.


  • Produce regular social media including blogs, tweets, Facebook posts
  • Investigate and research, identify and interview and produce journalist products
  • Be willing to visit prisons, courts and police stations from time to time
  • Be willing to interview inmates
  • Evaluate and respond to correspondence from inmates
  • Carry out various office administration tasks
  • Be willing to assist with a variety of projects including organising events and seminars
  • Work as a member of a small, hard-working, team which is passionate about human rights


  • A relevant degree from an accredited University
  • A keen interest in human rights
  • Proven ability to carry out journalistic research and investigations, and to be able to produce from that compelling media products
  • Social Media and web site management experience

o apply, submit a letter of motivation and detailed CV to [email protected]

The WJP reserves the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Location: Johannesburg

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