School of Arts

Sandra Pitcher

Sandra Pitcher

Sandra Pitcher


Leadership RoleCreative Arts


Contact Number033-260-5542

CampusPietermaritzburg Campus

Office AddressRoom 127 Old Main Building


After working as a contract lecturer in the department for seven years, Dr Pitcher has recently been appointed as a full-time member of staff.  Her PhD, which was completed in 2016, considers the role of political cartooning in light of a socially responsible press and questions the limits of free speech.  Her primary research interests rest in new media, social media, journalism and media ethics – with a special focus on the concept of ubuntu.

Degrees Held

  • PhD (UKZN)
  • Master of Arts (UKZN)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Bachelor Arts (Media and Communication)

Research Interests

  • Journalism
  • New Media
  • Media Ethics

Teaching Interests

  • New Media
  • Television Studies
  • Journalism
  • Media Design and Layout
  • Postmodernism


Teaching Expertise

  • Writing for the Media
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Media and South Africa
  • Public Relations
  • Television Studies
  • New Media Studies
  • Ethics and Journalism
  • Corporate Communication
  • Research Methodologies