SPECIAL PROJECTS: Youth Radio Awards 2018! | Children's Radio Foundation

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Recently we welcomed 50 young reporters from across South Africa to Cape Town for the 2018 Youth Radio Awards! This 5th annual event celebrates the youth we work with, for the community stories around various social issues that they have captured, and shared with their listeners.

The Awards ceremony took place on October 5th, at the Alliance Francaise in Cape Town, and this year we saw some new faces as youth reporter coming from Emalahleni FM in Mpumalanga, Umgungudlovu FM in KwaZulu-Natal, and a health-focused youth reporting group from Qwaqwa Radio.

The Youth Radio Awards ceremony celebrates the exceptional radio craft of these young broadcasters. They are awarded for their ability to tell focussed, creative, powerful stories that reflect the lives of young people and their community. This year we received over 100 submissions which were independently judged by a professional panel. These are the winners for 2018:

Station of the Year  – BoomTalk Youth Reporters,  Greater Lebowakgomo FM (Limpopo)

Best Youth Mentor – Monique Hansen, Radio Atlantis (Western Cape)

Best Story on Violence and Community Safety – What’s Up Raise Your Voice, Emalahleni FM (Mpumalanga)

Best Story on Gender & Sexuality – Skeem Sothombo Wolwazi, Vukani Community Radio Station (Eastern Cape)

Best Story on Health – Umgungu Flashpoint, Umgungundlovu FM (KwaZulu-Natal)

Best Community Campaign – Ghetto Genius, Aganang FM (North West Province)

The Innovation Award – Dream Achievers, QwaQwa Radio (Free State)

Best use of Social Media – Bigger Than Life, Alex FM (Gauteng)

Best Story on Current Affairs  – Optimistic Youth Reporters, COSAT High School (Western Cape)


GLFM win the Station of the Year Award!

Winners of the Station of the Year Award, Greater Lebowakgomo FM, shared their excitement at winning this award, “To bring this trophy home means that we have represented our family, our station and our province. We have worked very hard for this! We sat down and discussed what can we do for our community, what can we do for young people, what can we do as young people to make a change.”

Congratulations to all the youth reporters for their dedicated work in making a change for themselves and their communities!

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