Glenda Daniels

Associate Professor in Media Studies

(Research, Resources & Website 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 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)



Recent Articles

•Journalists must get on the ground to tell the 360 degree story Mail & Guardian online: 13 April 2017:•How Fake News works as political machinery to tarnish the integrity of journalists Mail & Guardian online: 15 February, 2017
•Fake News discredits journalists. Mail & Guardian February 3-9, 2017.
•2016: what a sad and bad year for journalism:
•Investigative journalists skills can empower people. M&G online. 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
•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. 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. 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.
•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? 21 May 2012
•Surviving the trade in the newsroom as a woman: Gender Links: 13 June 2012.
•Press Freedom trade-offs and Einstein Insanity: 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:

Journal Articles                                                                                                                                                                            

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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)

4. 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).

5. 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.


Recent Books and Book Chapters                                                                                                                                                          


Fight for Democracy: the ANC and the Media in South Africa (Wits Press 2012)

State of the Newsroom, SA 2013 Disruptions and Transitions: Wits Journalism.

State of the Newsroom, SA 2014 Disruptions Accelerated: Wits Journalism.


 Book Chapters                                                                                                                                                                      

 Forthcoming chapter 2017

1. 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).

Published chapters

2. Daniels, G. 2016. Scrutinising hashtag activism in the #MustFall Protests in South Africa in 2015 in the book: Participatory politics and citizen journalism in a networked Africa. Palgrave Macmillan. UK. November 2016.

3. Daniels, G. 2015. South African Spring? An analysis of South African journalists' engagement with citizenry through social media in the book: Is Citizen Journalism facilitating democratic changes: reactions from sub-Saharan Africa. Palgrave Macmillan. UK. November 2015.

4. Daniels, G. 2013. State of Media freedom in SA. So this is Democracy? Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Windhoek. May 2013.



twitter: @glendaADaniels


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