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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 festival. The week-long course is aligned to the National Journalism Framework (NQF) of national journalism standards. It has become one of the country leading initiatives in raising arts journalism standards.

Andile and Neorisha have been accepted in the Mentoring Arts Journalism Training. This course of Mentoring Arts Journalists is a dynamic Training of Trainers programme designed for experienced arts journalists who want to develop their coaching and mentoring skills in the newsroom. Facilitated by Fiona Lloyd, international media consultant who runs training of trainers courses in Africa, Asia and Europe, she is also former in-house mentor for the Mail & Guardian and Drum; and former BBC World Service arts contributor.

Being part of the training will add another layer to both the CRF facilitator’s and participant’s experience, and allow them to engage with professional journalists and trainers who have been writing and working in the arts in South Africa for many years. The participants will also have an opportunity to interview and interact with both local and international musicians. There will also be real stories to be produced and the CRF will be bringing a strong element of producing radio to the group.

The Arts Journalism course is running this week, from 26 March to 2 April 2016 at the Artscape Theatre and on location at CTIJF. Big up to our CRF team!


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