SPECIAL PROJECTS: Youth share their voice at MMX 2018, seen on SABC! | Children's Radio Foundation

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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 say: “My MMX experience was eye opening, on how to build stories to tell the people of South Africa. My highlight was that I got a chance to intervìew the big guns in the game. I also liked the way we connected as young reporters when we did the radio pop up shows,  it was like we knew each other all along.” 

Our team from Alex FM also presented a Community Journalism Spotlight Workshop, about the way we work within community radio stations, how we train youth reporters to produce their own weekly shows, and conduct outreach events in their own community.

You can check out the news story on SABC 1 where Gabriel Tumi Tseola from Alex FM speaks about his experience. Skip to 44:51 to get to the news story.

In addition, three young reporters from Lebowakgomo (Sebongile Mphahlele and Mofenyi Kgamane) and Potchefstroom (Sindiswa Letsie) stood on the main stage to present their ‘Short Sharp’ presentation. Pictured is Sindiswa who shares her best experience: “My highlight was of course doing the Short Sharp on Youth Voices and Local realities… Also just listening to different presentations about women abuse…abortions and health.”

Congratulations everyone who made the CRF MMX experience a successful one!



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