Photo by Helena Wasserman
Herman Wasserman was born on 29 July 1969 at Port Elizabeth. He matriculated
from Durbanville High School in 1987 and studied Afrikaans, and Dutch Literature as well as Journalism at the Stellenbosch University (BA, B Hons Journalism, MA, D Litt, 1990-2000).
Herman worked as arts writer and books editor for Die Burger and has published two collections of short stories, as well as stories in collections such as Vonkfiksie and Uit die kontreie vandaan.
He regularly contributes reviews and essays for newspapers and the cultural website LitNet, and has published academic articles and book chapters locally and internationally. He is Editor of the journal Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, associate editor of Journal of Global Mass Communication and member of editorial boards of Global Media Journal and Journal of African Media Studies.
Herman Wasserman was senior lecturer and associate professor (2006 -2007) in the Department of Journalism of Stellenbosch University, where he served as associate professor extraordinary since 2007, when he accepted the position of Lecturer in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at the The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS), Newcastle University, England. He joined the Department of Journalism Studies of the University of Sheffield (UK), in September 2008 as a senior lecturer. He is now Professor and Deputy Head of School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University
Wasserman is project leader of an international research team investigating global media ethics and is and published a book on tabloid media in post-apartheid South Africa (Indiana University Press); participating in project funded by British Academy comparing political communication in new democracies
He is married to Helena.
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