The Media Activist Handbook

This handbook contains coursework, essays and case histories drawn from the South African resistance to the apartheid regime. A must read for any serious student of alternative and mainstream media.
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What Will You Get From This Book?

Benefits of reading the Media Activist handbook.

Discover Theory

Discover how to engage critical theory in your counter-media.

Master Media Criticism

Get what every student of media should be tought on campuses.

Deploy Movement Tactics

Learn from successful campaigns against the apartheid regime.

Become a Media Activist

This Handbook will prepare you for your career as a media activist.

What's Included

  • Introduction.
  • Media Activism.
  • Understanding Media.
  • Alternative Media.
  • Criticism of Mass Media.
  • Case Examples.
  • Making Media.
  • Know your Rights.

Who This Book Is For

Community Activists and NGOs

Learn from previous struggles

Students of Media

Learn from Community Media

Developers at the Grassroots

Learn to produce on a shoestring budget.

New Media Fundis

Ground yourself in local innovation.

About The Author

David Robert Lewis has worked for South Africa’s struggle press, including South Press, Grassroots and New Nation. All three titles were banned at one time or another Lewis was involved in the student uprisings of 1987 at the University of Cape Town. He is a graduate of the Centre for African Studies, holds a degree in political studies and has co-authored a book on environmental development with Mamphela Ramphele, alongside 26 contributors. The banning of campus organisations and especially academic staff such as Prof Peter Horn, ended Lewis’ academic career. While at South Press he exposed the trophy hunting operations of General Magnus Malan in Namibia and Angola. He is responsible for investigating and establishing the link between apartheid and environmental racism, and the later inclusion of sustainable development in the country’s constitution. He is a pioneer of “nonracial dialogue” having organised a series of public events in the City, in contravention of the Group Areas Act and separate amenities legislation. The Separate Amenities Act was only repealed on 20 June 1990.