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Young Reporters at pop-up radio booth at Menell Media Exchange 2017

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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 two day conference , 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 Pretoria had this to...

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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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Updates from our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo: youth reporters from Inga, near the Congo River in western DRC, have recently completed refresher radio training with our regional trainer, Joachim Ambambo.

During the training the reporters visited the village of Kinzambi, 20 km from the city of Inga to hear from the inhabitants. Here they are speaking to an elderly gentleman from the village.

 

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The ‘Dream Achievers’ youth reporters in Qwa-Qwa have just announced the winners in their adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) regional competition, called My Body, My Rights.

Supported by Save the Children, the clinic-based youth reporter group created the competition, to learn from young people in their community what their challenges and barriers to sexual health education and services are, and to explore, discover and promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights and knowledge around teenage pregnancy.

After intense planning, with mentorship from our regional trainer Andile Msomi, the team spent a few months promoting the competition at thirteen schools in the Phuthaditjaba region, including two outreach events at schools, and produced short adverts that were aired on Qwa-Qwa Radio. A total of 84 entries were received, and after the judging process, the team hosted an outreach event on April 21st...

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Monde Ndelu was a reporter for two years with Vibrant Youth Young Reporters from Vibe FM in Kwazulu-Natal. He feels honoured to have had the opportunity to work with CRF in making South Africa a better country for its youth.

Location: KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

What is your background: My name is Monde Ndelu. I was a  young reporter for the Children’s Radio Foundation based in Durban. I grew up in Kwamashu in Durban, living with my father’s family. I went to Roseland Primary School, and Huntroad Secondary School. I have a certificate in Supply Chain Management.

How did you get involved with CRF: I got involved with CRF after being invited to participate in a focus group discussion, where we were discussing issues that affect the community. A friend of mine, who was already a young reporter, asked me to participate in the workshop. At the workshop I was approached by Bongs (the facilitator) and Andile (the regional...

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