25 Articles by:

Herman Wasserman

Herman Wasserman is professor of journalism at Stellenbosch University.


The Dookoom Debate

What role should media play in the midst of controversial cultural expressions, like songs that address racist violence by white farmers against their workers in South Africa?

Make Ignorance History

That old excuse of ‘We didn’t know’ (previously also heard as ‘Ons het nie geweet nie’ and ‘Wir haben es nicht gewuszt’) may be factually accurate, but it is never an ethical defense.

Criminal Media

South Africa’s mainstream media has a blindspot: It mostly covers crime as it affects the suburbs and whites. No wonder the readers are misinformed.