A Soccer Ball and a Rhino

It’s unusual for the cover of a conference program to feature a soccer ball next to a rhinoceros. That’s South Africa for you.

The World Journalism Education Congress takes place this summer at Rhodes University in historic Grahamstown. Delegates from all continents will come together to explore our commonalities, differences and challenges.

Singapore hosted the first Congress in 2007, and South Africa campaigned hard to host the second Congress right in the midst of the World Cup. The Europeans, Asians, South Americans and Aussies all thought this was a brilliant idea. The Americans were skeptical, questioning the wisdom of having the Congress at the same time the country would be hosting hundreds of thousands of crazed soccer fans.

In the end, the Americans went along with the plan, and I’m glad we did. Who knows, I might even become a soccer aficionado.

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