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Sixteen South African young reporters descended on the Menell Media Exchange 2018 in early June, to share their voice and interact with South African media professionals. Youth from Potchefstroom in the North West, Lebowakgomo in Limpopo, and Alexandra and Mamelodi in Gauteng attended the 2-day event, hosting a live pop-up radio station at the event.

The Menell Media Exchange is an annual conference held in Johannesburg, that brings the entire media community together. Reporters, editors, media executives, non-profits, community and independent journalists, bloggers, tech developers, scholars and students, share ideas, explore developments, compare practices, and build skills and relationships.

Our youth reporters hosted radio pop-up ‘shows’ during the breaks between sessions, and managed to speak to a range of professionals working across the media sector.

Mlamuli Mulla Mseleku from Mams Radio in...

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The Children’s Radio Foundation and Cumii, Econet’s technology company, are launching a joint pilot market research project with community radio stations across Africa to create opportunities for youth to earn an income as data collectors and researchers in their local communities.

Launched on Youth Day, 16 June 2018, the Tasknites Youth Employment Initiative provides youth with opportunities to learn valuable technology and research skills, to become more self-sufficient, and to serve as positive influencers in their communities. Requiring only basic training and an app on their mobile phone, the program will recruit youth across Africa to download the app and sign up as Tasknites.

Operating in seven countries, the Tasknites programme provides an employment platform for unemployed, under-utilised and skilled youth, with a special focus on young women. Recruitees are trained on how to use their mobile...

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Maryam Charles, our youth facilitator at Zapha+ in Zanzibar,  has proudly completed a course in film and video production at the Kilimanjaro Film Institute at Arusha, Tanzania.

Maryam shares her excitement and confidence that the 6 month course gave her, and plans to prepare training for the youth reporters in the basics of camera and editing skills.

Other than camera operating and an introduction to editing, she also focused on storytelling and creativity skills. “The training was good, I liked the way the teachers gave practical exercises. Their effort, advice and flexibility during the training was so great.”

“At the end of the course I am happy to say that the training has been so successful, the skills and confidence I acquired is more than I expected. ”

If you are interested in seeing more, these are samples of films which Maryam was responsible for story development and editing:

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#Faces2Hearts blogger Ellie Tomassi visits Forte FM youth reporters from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

Forte Community Radio youth reporters in Alice in rural Eastern Cape of South Africa are a formidable bunch! The group, who call themselves ‘Breaking New Grounds’, recently hosted Ellie Tomassi, a young blogger with the European Union, who is visiting different countries and projects that they fund and support.

Breaking New Grounds young reporters research, produce and present their youth show every Saturday, and were visited by Ellie in Alice, where they showed her around their radio station, their town and sat down to talk to her.

If you want to read more about Ellie’s experience in Alice, and her visits to other areas of South Africa, click here.

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Listen to Nqobani Phohlo, a 13 year old young reporter from Inanda FM in KwaZulu-Natal advocating for improved services through differentiated care for transgender people. Nqobani asks for popular media to create sexual health and HIV/AIDS messaging that is inclusive regardless of your gender and sexuality. He urges for discrimination and stigma to be removed from people who identify as transgender.

“Transgender people have human rights too. They are like everyone. They shouldn’t be treated like aliens. We need to treat them with the same respect that we would give someone who is cis-gendered. Transgender people have different [healthcare] needs too. Transgender women that are sex workers are usually victims of rape and physical abuse. Stats prove that transgender people are 49 times more at risk of living with HIV versus general population…because of stigma, discrimination, GBV and social...

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