About / À propos
Prof Berger’s commitment as a South African long engaged in democratic media activities has shaped his experiences in journalism and media training.
His research and views are frequently sought out by media, government and international bodies like UNESCO. He has published almost 50 books and/or chapters in books, and delivered more than 200 public presentations, including 13 keynote addresses. He has also written 300 fortnightly columns for the website of South Africa’s leading independent paper, the Mail & Guardian.
Jailed as a political prisoner in South Africa (1980-1983), he was later forced into exile (1985-1990). He has worked in newspapers, magazines and television, and as a trainer in mainstream and community media. Recognition of his contribution has come in him having served on the boards of media-related organisations, and in his contributions to the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) over many years. SANEF’s Nat Nakasa Award for integrity on journalism was bestowed on him in 2006. From 1994-2011, Berger led a process of major expansion at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, including a new building in 2006, setting up numerous outreach projects, and the successful hosting of the World Journalism Education Congress in July 2010.