01 May, 2012

Future Journalists go to Tunisia!

Highway Africa's Future Journalists Programme (FJP) is taking 28

multi-national Future Journalists to Tunisia to attend the Unesco World

Press Freedom Day Conference, which takes place from 3-5 May 2012. The theme for this conference is New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies.

This project is sponsored by the Open Society Initiative (OSI) and the

students will form the OSI-FJP Youth Newsroom which will report the

proceedings of the conference. These budding journalists have been sourced

from 6 countries, namely;

- South Africa (Rhodes University)

- Tunisia (Institut de Presse & des Sciences de l'Information


- Senegal (Centre d'Etudes des Sciences et Techniques de

l'Information -CESTI)

- Egypt (Cairo University)

- United States of America (University of Oregon)

- Qatar (Qatar University)

The project seeks to give journalism students meaningful

experiential-learning and cultural exchange on a global scale. It is also a

rare opportunity for the students to build their career networks in the

industry with their international counterparts whilst still at school.

The Rhodes FJP team departs for Tunis this Sunday, 29 April, and consist of

Highway Africa FJP Coordinator, Nqobile Sibisi ; FJP Assistant Coordinator

Anele Ngwenya; PDMM students Lincoln Van Der Westhuizen, and Duduetsang

'Dee' Makuse.

The newsroom will be managed and run by FJP and young people; Nqobile

assuming chief editor role, working with two lecturers and fellow editors

from IPSI and Oregon. Anele will head the design wing of the newsroom,

whilst Lincoln will be in charge of producing podcasts and Duduetsang

producing television material.

The youth newsroom will produce three print papers, one purely online

edition, and all content will be cross pollinated on various spaces online.

All content online can be followed on the different FJP/HA platforms:

Blog: www.zajournalist.blogspot.com

Twitter: @FJPtweets

Hashtag: #pressfreedom

Facebook: FJP Coordinator

YouTube Channel: FutureJournos

Website: http://www.highwayafricanetwork.com

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