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Staff Profile

Adjunct Professor Franz Kruger

QualificationsBA, MA
Phone 0117174744
Organisational Unit Journalism and Media Studies

B rief Professional History

Franz Krüger is Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Director of the Wits Radio Academy. He is also the ombud for the Mail & Guardian, a member of the SA Press Appeals Panel and the editor of He is a journalist of some 25 years’ experience, having worked in print and broadcasting in South Africa, Namibia and the United Kingdom, at media groups ranging from the BBC and The Guardian to East London’s Daily Dispatch and the Windhoek Advertiser. He was Founding Group Editor of East Cape News Agencies, a network of independent news agencies during the eighties which was subjected to considerable repression at the hands of the apartheid government. As national editor of radio news and current affairs at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) from 1994 to 1999, Krüger formed part of the first post-apartheid management team at the corporation and helped achieve a significant turnaround in the credibility and quality of radio journalism at the corporation.

Teaching and Supervision

Franz Krüger teaches courses in Radio Journalism, Radio Studies and Journalism Ethics, and has taught Advanced Sub-editing. He supervises postgraduate students undertaking research in these areas.

Selected Publications

Krüger, F.(2009) Media courts of honour: self-regulatory councils in Southern Africa and elsewhere. Windhoek: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Krüger, F. (2006). Radio journalism toolkit (Johannesburg, IAJ & STE Publishers)

Krüger, F. (2005). Ethical journalism in a time of Aids, in: African Journal of Aids Research, 4 (2).

Krüger, F. (2005) Excellent features, in: Adrian Hadland (ed): Changing the fourth estate: essays on SA journalism. (Cape Town: HSRC Press)

Krüger, F. (2004) Black, white & grey: ethics in SA journalism, Cape Town, Double Storey.

Krüger, F. (2000) East Cape News Agencies: reporting on a black hole, in: Les Switzer & Mohamed Adhikari (eds), South Africa’s resistance press (Ohio University Center for International Studies)

Krüger, F (1991). Ciskei, the Eastern Cape’s dumping ground, In: Mamphela Ramphele (ed) Restoring the land: environment and change in post-apartheid SA