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LGBTI Exhibition shares Cape Town stories with the public

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

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Congratulations to our talented youth reporter, Beatrice Phiri, who came second in an Africa Directions ‘Girls Day’ competition in Lusaka, Zambia! She has now been given an opportunity to work with Hot FM radio station where she will be presenting a show on Sexual Reproductive Health.

The competition included girls competing in radio presenting and DJ-ing, with the aim to promote more girls to talk about Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) on radio. Beatrice was part of the 20 girls that were shortlisted to be taught in radio production and SRHR. Africa Directions want to encourage girls to venture in career fields that are perceived to be male dominated and also to give them a deeper understanding of sexual and reproductive health. The event was created in partnership with Plan International Zambia.

“The auditions were super tough, the girls are super talented”, said Beatrice. “Thank you so much Africa Directions for giving...

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‘Beatrice’, the film we produced with Sydelle Willow Smith and Makhulu received a Special Mention in the global Film4Climate Competition!

This video was produced with Beatrice Phiri, one of our youth reporters from Zambia who is doing amazing work as a climate change activist and child ambassador for UNICEF Zambia. In the video, Beatrice explains how climate change became personal when Zambia started facing irregular electricity and water supply. Beatrice uses radio to share her message and use her voice to educate about deforestation, pollution and other environmental challenges in her country.
The winners of the competition were announced at the United Nations Climate Conference (UNFCCC) at COP22 on Saturday, November 13th. The announcement was made at a day celebrating the power of youth, cinema and the creative industries to generate climate action and tackle climate change. Out of 864 entries from 155 countries, our film...

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Exciting updates from one of our projects in the DRC: Jeunialissime, an LGBTI rights organisation in Kinshasa that facilitates open discussion on sexual orientation and gender expression through a radio show, is now live on air. Originally a podcast, the show has extended its reach to FM radio.

Since October 2016, the weekly program has a wider listener base now that it also broadcasts on radio RTVS1, one of the biggest commercial radio stations in Kinshasa. In 2014, Patou Izai felt the need to open the debate on LGBTI issues to the public in Kinshasa. Along with his team, they began producing ‘Jeuniafrica’ which started online broadcasting every week via Soundcloud, with positive feedback from the community. This video we produced with Makhulu Productions tells Patou’s story. “We are working to change the perceptions that people have of LGBTI people and promote human rights, with the ultimate goal of having a more tolerant...

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Every year the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) draws crowds to Cape Town for a week long festival of Jazz. Alongside the awesome music, the CTIJF runs an Arts Journalism training program, and this year, three CRF youth facilitators and one youth participant have been accepted into the training!

Andile Msomi (Durban), Neorisha Julius (Atlantis), Mfundo Dafeti (Nyanga) and Sammy Ramodike (Alexandra) have been selected to receive scholarships for the Arts Journalism and Arts Journalists Mentorship program. All applicants had to write an essay to qualify for scholarships offered by the CTIJF, and these young journos were successful.

Sammy and Mfundo have been accepted in the Arts Journalism course which is facilitated by arts journalist Gwen Ansell. The programme is for qualified journalists, freelance writers and journalism students and is the longest running trainee initiative for the Cape Town International Jazz...

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With xenophobic attacks resurging in some parts of the country in South Africa this year, our young reporters from QwaQwa got together to host an awareness campaign for their community. Their efforts were also rewarded by winning the Best Community Project at the recent Youth Radio Awards 2015!

The Youth Radio Awards that took place in Cape Town on July 16th, 2015 celebrated so many young, passionate and dedicated youth reporters. We received 65 entries from our 17 Young Reporter project sites across the country and there were winners in 7 categories! One of these categories was the Best Community Project, which was deservedly awarded to the ‘Group of Conquerors’ from QwaQwa Radio in the Free State.

This group’s outreach project was an awareness campaign against the xenophobic attacks on immigrants in South Africa. They gathered people to march from Phuthaditjhaba community hall to Freedom Square, which included immigrants from...

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