24 March, 2013

FJP 2013 commences

The Future Journalists Programme (FJP) commenced yesterday. Sixteen students from ten universities around the country converged at Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies to kick start their FJP year with the Autumn School.

FJP is funded by the Open Society Foundation (OSF-SA) and is in its sixth year. It brings together young journalists to come and learn together, bridging gaps in the different journalism curriculum. It also focuses on introducing them ICTs as tools for journalism.

In line with the 2013 Highway Africa Conference, FJP activities will be centered around the umbrella theme "Youth Speaking Truth to Power" to prepare the students for the media debates in September.

FJP runs workshops during three schools (Autumn, Winter, Spring). Each workshop has its own theme which is a subsection of the umbrella theme. The Autumn School, which runs from 23-27 March 2013 will discuss the theme "Development Journalism- citizenship, responsibility and the digital divide." This theme sees students unpack what 'the development agenda' is; how media have framed this over the years; how government could use this area of journalism for propaganda tracing different treatment of the development agenda by various media institutions.

The students are trained by Sim Kyazze, Writing and Editing Lecturer at Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS).

FJP alumni, Nompumelelo Mncube (FJP2012) is mentoring the new group, as means to give back to the programme and build on her development as well.

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