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Newspaper designer honoured

- By Wits University

The University of the Witwatersrand conferred an honorary doctorate on pioneering newspaperman Irwin Manoim on 22 November 2013 during its December graduation ceremony in the Wits Great Hall.

Mamoin and Wits Professor Anton Harber founded and were the first co-editors of The Weekly Mail newspaper launched on 14 June 1985. It was the world's first example of a newspaper produced using desktop publishing. As a newspaper designer, Manoim made immense contributions to innovation and recreating how news and information are understood, produced, presented and consumed in the computer and digital age in South Africa and Africa.

He can also be counted among those who fought in the struggle for democracy, freedom of expression and the press. He played a key role in the establishment of The Weekly Mail Training Project, which produced a generation of future journalists, including Mondli Makhanya, Ferial Haffajee, Jacob Dlamini, Phylicia Oppelt and Phil Molefe, who have in post-apartheid South Africa become leading editors in their own right.

Today he still teaches and runs design courses at Wits University.

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