SPECIAL PROJECTS: Pop-up Radio at Menell Media Exchange | Children's Radio Foundation

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Our pop-up radio station recently surfaced again, this time in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Menell Media Exchange 2017!

Young Reporters from Mamelodi’s community radio station Mams FM 92.9 and Alexandra Township’s ALEX FM 89.1 joined hundreds of reporters, producers, journalists, and presenters from commercial and public service media at the Duke Mennel Media Exchange conference. We hosted a pop-up radio booth which narrow-casted in the conference venue, where the youth reporters go to speak ‘on-air’ to people working in the journalism sector.

Three young people also presented in a Community Journalism spotlight workshop about how they manage their roles as youth reporters and what the experience has done for their self confidence and interest in the world around them.

Alex FM presenter Neo “Cappuccino” Dithloiso (pictured) says: “My highlights were networking with the big players and interviewing influential people through the CRF pop-up studio. I’m really glad I got this opportunity.”

“The conference was very informative, the youth learned a lot and they enjoyed exchanging information with other journalists. They received enough motivation when they met their favourite media personalities, like Iman Rapetti from Power FM.” This is from Lucky Mainde, facilitator at Mams FM in Mamelodi.

With financial support from the US Consulate in Johannesburg, this opportunity boosted our visibility in the media and journalism sector, and gave the youth a chance to flex their journalistic muscles with some of the big players!


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