(First-year student coordinator)
I have been a journalist in the print industry for over two decades. In 1990 I started my career off as a trainee for the then Weekly Mail and have since then worked for most of the big print media companies, where my last position was in the newsroom at the Mail & Guardian, as amaBhungane's first advocacy co-ordinator between 2011-2012.
Prior to my work in the print industry I was an anti-apartheid activist and student leader serving in the executive of the Black Student Society and the South African National Students Congress (Sansco) at Wits University in the late 1980s.
I have a PhD in Political Studies (Wits, 2011) on the topic The role of the media in Democracy: unravelling the politics between the media, the state and the ANC in South Africa.
My book Fight for Democracy: the ANC and the Media in South Africa (Wits Press: 2012) was the first book in post-apartheid SA which deals with the complex relationship between the ANC and the media in a psycho-analytical way.
My most recent research publications: State of the Newsroom South Africa 2013: Disruptions and Transitions and State of the Newsroom South Africa 2014: Disruptions Accelerated, published by Wits Journalism are proving to be useful for the journalism industry serving an informative function.
As a media freedom and information rights activist, I served on the first National Working Group of the Right2Know campaign in 2011. I am presently on the Council of the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) and chair of the forum's Ethics and Diversity Committee.
I am also the commissioning editor for Fesmedia.org for expert opinion pieces on media freedom, freedom of expression and information rights issues- the latter are both my heartfelt and intellectual research interests too. I am interested in supervising MAs and PhDs in the broad theoretical areas of media freedom and democracy, radical democracy, ideology, post-modernism as well as Mouffe, Foucault, Judith Butler and Zizek studies.
I joined Media Studies at Wits in January 2015 as a senior lecturer and I look forward to meeting those interested in doing MA's and PhDs in the above mentioned research areas.
PhD in Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits, 2011)
MA (cum laude) in Political Studies (Wits, 2006)
BA Honours in Political Studies (Wits, 1990)
BA English and Politics (Wits, 1989)
- Fight for Democracy: The ANC and the media in South Africa. Wits University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-86814-568-3. Academic monograph, peer reviewed. (The title has been included in the international prestigious Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index of the Web of Science).
- State of the Newsroom, in South Africa 2014: Disruptions Accelerated: October 2014, Wits Journalism.
- State of the Newsroomin South Africa 2013: Disruptions and Transitions: October 2013, Wits Journalism.
- Daniels, G. 2017. Yes, No, Maybe: An analysis of journalists’ views about political party membership in South Africa Communicatio/Journal of African Media Studies special issue: Vol 43 No 2 pp1-17. ISI and IBSS indexed.
- Daniels, G. 2016. Paradoxical Splits: Race and Journalists’ Identity in Post-apartheid South Africa. African Studies 2016 Issue 75-03 Vol ISI and IBSS indexed
- Daniels. G. 2016. Chasing Hashtag #25 in the newsroom presents challenges for media journalism education. But what are they? African Journalism Studies July 2016 Vol 32 Issue 2. pp 1-18. Print ISSN 2374-3670 DOE accredited and ISI listed
- Daniels. G. 2015. South Africa’s Media Freedom Landscape and the Closures in Democracy. Journalism and Mass Communication, January 2015, Vol. 5, No. 1, 9-19. (IBSS and ISI listed)
- Daniels. G. 2014. How far does Twitter deepen democracy through public engagement? An analysis of journalists’ use of Twitter in the Johannesburg newsroom. Journal of African Media Studies, Volume 6, Number 3, 1 September 2014, pp. 299-311(13). (IBSS and ISI listed and DOE accredited).
- Daniels, G. 2010. A fight for Democracy Internal to Democracy itself: The ANC and media in SA. Problems of Democracy: Probing the Boundaries . Inter-Disciplinary Net publication, 2010. Oxfordshire, UK in e-journal ISBN: 978-1-84888-037-5. (peer reviewed) (accredited by BAC) British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education.
- Daniels. G. 2014. The State of Journalism Training Today, Rhodes Journalism Review , (RJR, Volume 34), August 2014.
- Daniels, G. 2011. Secrecy in Southern Africa: fighting for the right to know. Special Edition on Zimbabwe at the Crossroads. Openspace. Issue 1, June 2011.
- Daniels, G. 2015. Flux and Fluidity – Blurry and Borderless: That’s the SA Newsroom Now. Rhodes Journalism Review , September 2015. RJR Vol 35.
Chapters in Books
- Daniels, G: The Master Signifier of 12 September in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Biko and the Passionate Attachment of the Media chapter in the book The Reconfiguration of Black Consciousness at large; Perspectives from South African margins edited by Mabogo P. More and Tendayi Sithole. (Forthcoming 2018)
- Daniels, G: Scrutinising the Glass Ceiling in the SA newsroom, for book: The South African Journalism Scenarios 2027 report a project of the Open Society Foundation. Edited by Harry Dugmore, Grahamstown. (Forthcoming 2018).
- Daniels, G: Are democracy, media freedom and freedom of expression western concepts. Oxford University Press. Media Studies text book. (Forthcoming 2018).
- Daniels, G: The split in the role of the media in a democracy: the tension between the ANC and the media in South Africa in the book: POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS IN AFRICA: FROM MANDELA TO MAGUFULI ( Palgrave Macmillan). 2017.
- Community Newspapers: Diversity and Difficulties in the book: South African Media Diversity (Wits Press), edited by Julie Reid and Eric Louw. Accepted. Forthcoming 2018.
- Daniels, G. 2016. Scrutinising hashtag activism in the #MustFall Protests in South Africa in 2015 in the book: Digital Activism in the Social Media era ISBN 978-3-319-40948-1 . Palgrave Macmillan. UK. November 2016.
- Daniels, G. 2015. South African Spring? An analysis of South African journalists’ engagement with citizenry through social media in the book: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-55449-9 UK. November 2015.
- Daniels, G. 2013. State of Media freedom in SA. So this is Democracy? Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Windhoek. May 2013.
- Daniels, G. 2009. Women in the Media in the book Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women. M&G Media Limited. Johannesburg. 2009. ISBN 9-780620-354028-04.
In Media (2010-2017)
- Testing time for journalists. The Media Online. 12 December 2017. https://themediaonline.co.za/2017/12/anc-conference-testing-time-for-journalists/
- Tracking media freedom: 40 years since Black Wednesday. Mail & Guardian 4 October 2017. https://mg.co.za/article/2017-10-04-00-tracking-media-freedom-40-years-since-black-wednesday
- Media links Gupta emails to the corrupted – it’s not fake news. Mail & Guardian June 15-23, 2017
- In the age of the Internet, censorship has acquired a new face. Mail & Guardian online. https://mg.co.za/article/2017-04-27-00-in-the-age-of-the-internet-censorship-has-acquired-a-new-face
- Journalists must get on the ground to tell the real 360 degree story: Mail & Guardian online. https://mg.co.za/article/2017-04-13-00-journalists-must-get-on-the-ground-to-tell-the-real-3600-story
- Only the insecure and threatened want to control social media in Mail & Guardian 17-23 March and online 15 March, 2017. https://mg.co.za/article/2017-03-14-only-the-insecure-and-threatened-want-to-control-social-media
- How Fake News works as political machinery to tarnish the integrity of journalists in Mail & Guardian online: 15 February, 2017 https://mg.co.za/article/2017-02-15-fake-news-and-journalism-schadenfreude-and-you
- Fake News discredits journalists. Mail & Guardian February 3-9, 2017.
- 2016: what a sad and bad year for journalism: http://mg.co.za/article/2016-11-30-00 2016-what-a-sad-and-bad-year-for-journalism
- Investigative journalists skills can empower people. M&G online. http://mg.co.za/article/2016-11-10-00-investigative-journalists-skills-can-empower-people. 10 November 2016.
- Don’t stone the messenger, tell us your stories. Mail & Guardian 7-13 October 2016.
- Phew, Women’s month is over. Mail & Guardian 26 August-1 September 2016.
- Is free Speech exonerating racists? Mail & Guardian 29 July-4 August 2016.
- SABC is not Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s personal fiefdom. Mail & Guardian 28 June – 7 July 2016
- Media has changed but ownership is in a few hands. Mail & Guardian 27 May- 2 June 2016.
- Press freedom: Much to celebrate but the journey is far from over. Mail & Guardian 29 April-5 May 2016.
- Press Freedom Violations undermine AU’s vision of Transparency in The Conversation. 29 April 2016 https://theconversation.com/press-freedom-violations-undermine-african-unions-vision-of-transparency-58227
- Print journalism today: adapt or die. The Media magazine. TV Annual. April 2016.
- SA Newspapers need more than one magic bullet to survive. Mail & Guardian 1-7 April 2016.
- Will the new media code rein in haters? Mail & Guardian. 25 February-3 March 2016.
- The digital pressure: how the South African newsroom has changed. Journalism.co.za. 7 December 2015.
- Two clashing gazes on reining in media. Mail & Guardian. 23-29 October 2015
- South Africa’s economic conundrums, interview with Thero Setiloane. Bulletin für Informationen zu Wirtschaft, Politik, Bildung und Kultur, South Africa. May 2015.
- Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene on the way forward SA: Bulletin für Informationen zu Wirtschaft, Politik, Bildung und Kultur, South Africa. July 2014.
- Wither consolidations in the newsroom: The Redzone magazine . Future Group. October 2014.
- The grim backlash against women leaders in newsrooms: The Media magazine . August 2014.
- Booing deepens our democracy. Mail & Guardian. Thought leader. http://thoughtleader.co.za/glendadaniels/2013/12/17/booing-deepens-democracy/ 17 December 2013.
- Media Freedom’s Tug of war. The Media magazine . November 2013.
- The ANC’s hysterical gaze on the media. The Media magazine . January 2013.
- The slow descent into social media’s superficiality. Mail & Guardian Thought leader. 12 April 2013. http://thoughtleader.co.za/glendadaniels/2013/04/12/the-slow-descent-into-social-medias-superficiality/
- Decolonising the mind is not black and white. Mail & Guardian . Article, 8-14 November 2013.
- The case of Zuma versus Zapiro. The Media magazine . December 2012.
- Taxi industry takes women on board. Mail & Guardian. 6-12 January 2012
- Cosatu attacks ‘capitalist’ press. Mail & Guardian. 27 January – 2 February 2012
- Speak up before you are gagged. Mail & Guardian. 10 – 16 February 2012.
- Press hearings raise questions. Mail & Guardian. 24 February – 1 March 2012.
- Fines on cards for newspapers. Mail & Guardian. 20 – 25 April 2012.
- Is the PFC report good for media freedom? www.journalism.co.za. 21 May 2012
- Surviving the trade in the newsroom as a woman: Gender Links: www.genderlinks.org.za. 13 June 2012.
- Press Freedom trade-offs and Einstein Insanity: www.journalism.co.za. 2012.
- Nationalisation of mines debate in SA: Bulletin für Informationen zu Wirtschaft, Politik, Bildung und Kultur, South Africa. September 2012.
- Public participation on secrecy bill lacks transparency: 16 October 2011
- Mangaung: behind the media reports: 20 December 2012: http://www.journalism.co.za/blog/mangaung-behind-the-media-reports/
- Erratic stop start Kei Rail operation in the Eastern Cape. SA Rail, Vol. 49 2011 No.3. 2011
- Protests against lensman escalated. Mail & Guardian. 14 – 20 January 2011
- Majola’s other big bonus. Mail & Guardian (with Ilham Rawoot, & Craig McKune). 28 January – 3 February 2011
- Job Creation as priority, Bulletin für Informationen zu Wirtschaft, Politik, Bildung und Kultur, South Africa. February 2011.
- Right2Know pumps up the volume. Mail & Guardian. 11 – 17 February 2011.
- Right2Know protest ‘not illegal’. Mail & Guardian. 18 – 24 February 2011.
- Dignity vs Freedom of Expression. Mail & Guardian. 25 February – 3 March 2011.
- Back-to-rail plan. Mail & Guardian. 4 – 10 March 2011.
- Staff ‘fleece’ Metrorail in online scam. Mail & Guardian. 4 – 10 March 2011.
- Underwhelming ad ratio at New Age. Mail & Guardian. 18 – 24 March 2011.
- Fancy digs, but is paper moving enough copies? Mail & Guardian. 18 – 24 March 2011.
- Nothing new about ‘national security’ being used as a muzzle. Mail and Guardian. 18 – 24 March 2011.
- Search is on to expose the nation’s top 10 secrets. Mail & Guardian. 25 – 31 March 2011.
- Prison brutality caught on video. Mail & Guardian. 1 – 7 April 2011.
- Prison assault figures are startling. Mail & Guardian. 8 – 14 April 2011.
- Secrecy Bill: Parly, police and Right2Know. Mail & Guardian. 8 – 14 April 2011.
- Cricket SA wrangle laid bare in court. Mail & Guardian (with Craig McKune). 15 – 20 April 2011.
- Odious whiff surrounds contracts. Mail & Guardian (with Lionel Faull). 21 - 28 April 2011.
- Smoking the peace pipe ‘in the interests of cricket’. Mail & Guardian. 6 – 12 May 2011.
- Battle for Zim report in final round. Mail & Guardian. 20 – 26 May 2011.
- Can ANC save the Secrecy Bill? Mail & Guardian. 20 – 26 May 2011.
- Soweto rail crash just tip of the iceberg. Mail & Guardian. 27 May – 2 June 2011.
- Secrecy in Southern Africa. Open Space: Zimbabwe at the Crossroads. June 2011.
- SABC has seven days to apologise to M&G. Mail & Guardian. 3 – 9 June 2011.
- Secrecy: ditch the Stalinist colours, ANC. Mail & Guardian. 3 – 9 June 2011.
- Press not off ANC’s hook. Mail & Guardian. 10 – 17 June 2011.
- Open season. Mail & Guardian. 17 – 23 June 2011.
- Judges may mediate press disputes. Mail & Guardian. 24 – 30 June 2011.
- Delay in the fight against secrecy not a final victory. Mail & Guardian. 24 – 30 June.
- ‘Spooks are everywhere’. Mail & Guardian. 1 – 7 July 2011.
- Promises, but still not time to celebrate. Mail & Guardian. 15 – 21 July 2011.
- Tobacco helps ignite mass anger. Mail & Guardian (with Theresa Chapulapula & Sam Sole). 29 July – 4 August 2011.
- Western powers withdraw aid to Malawi. Mail & Guardian (with Theresa Chapulapula). 29 July – 4 August 2011.
- Secrecy tango raises civil society’s ire. Mail & Guardian. 5 – 11 August 2011.
- Revamp press code, team proposes. Mail & Guardian. 19 – 25 August 2011.
- No parking off for Joburg’s Tau. Mail & Guardian. 26 August – 1 September 2011.
- Lifting the lid on the ‘toxic gruel. Mail & Guardian. 2 – 8 September 2011.
- Push for access to information. Mail & Guardian. 9 – 15 September 2011.
- Mr Coal wants fresh ideas. Mail & Guardian. 23 – 29 September 2011.
- Control disguised as transformation. Mail & Guardian. 23 – 29 September 2011.
- Zuma, my PhD and me. Mail & Guardian. 30 September – 6 October 2011.
- Views from the top floor. Mail & Guardian. 30 September – 6 October 2011.
- UK ‘similar to Africa on secrecy’. Mail & Guardian. 30 September – 6 October 2011.
- More meat on that chicken bone. Mail & Guardian. 14 – 20 October 2011.
- Broader public called to comment. Mail & Guardian. 14 – 20 October 2011.
- Public participation process on Secrecy Bill lacks transparency. Mail & Guardian. 14 – 20 October 2011.
- The dark days of the end of the world. Mail & Guardian. 14 – 20 October 2011.
- Zapiro slams new press code. Mail & Guardian. 21 – 27 October 2011.
- A passion for green technology. Mail & Guardian. 28 October – 3 November 2011.
- Threats and Strategies. Mail & Guardian. November 2011.
- Filing mess a miscarriage of justice. Mail & Guardian (with Heidi Swart). 11 – 17 November 2011.
- Southern Africa’s most secretive state, Mail & Guardian. 11 – 17 November 2011.
- The strange life of Julian Assange. Mail & Guardian. 25 November – 1 December 2011.
- Info Bill’s seven deadly sins. Mail & Guardian. 2 – 8 December 2011.
- Tanzania offers good example of press self-regulation. Mail and Guardian. 15 – 22 December 2011.
- Pre-election spending in KZN draws ire. Mail & Guardian. 15 – 22 December 2011.
- 2010 (nine)
- Newspapers under threat. Aspire, Vol 2 No. 1. 2010.
- Jacob Zuma: Increasing popularity amongst whites, Bulletin für Informationen zu Wirtschaft, Politik, Bildung und Kultur, South Africa. February 2010.
- Having a midlife crisis. Mail & Guardian. 19 February 2010.
- At war with the body. Mail & Guardian. 19 April 2010.
- The Big Race Debate in South: The Way Forward, Bulletin für Informationen zu Wirtschaft, Politik, Bildung und Kultur, South Africa. May 2010.
- Navigating the path of the mind. Mail & Guardian. 28 July 2010.
- The horror of back to basics Education. Mail & Guardian. 6 August 2010.
- Fifa World Cup 2010: Where are the benefits for South Africa, Bulletin für Informationen zu Wirtschaft, Politik, Bildung und Kultur, South Africa. September 2010.
- Muzzling the Media. Destiny Magazine. Nov. 2010, No. 34. November 2010.
Associate Prof in Media Studies.
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