[Sipho January, with Grade 12s from Grahamstown during a recent workshop in Grahamstown].
disadvantaged learners from schools around the Eastern Cape will be talking journalism these coming few weeks in a series of workshops organised by Sipho January, Schools Media Outreach Project Manager at Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies. January, explains that the workshops have a two-fold purpose: raising awareness in learners about a potential career in journalism and what Rhodes can offer them.
“We invite 4 to 5 learners who are interested in Journalism and Media Studies as a career to the workshops from each school around the Eastern Cape, ,” January says.
With the financial backing from Open Society Foundation, help of lecturers and a group of third and fourth year JMS students, January is looking forward to the success of the workshops in Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth this weekend.
By interacting with Rhodes JMS students the workshops will allow the learners to discuss issues faced by journalists in South Africa and get a feel for looking critically at media productions.
Certain people from the media like Umhlobo Wenene fm’s breakfast show host, Slyso Saliso have been invited to share their experiences within the industry.
January and his teams will also be taking the workshops to East London, Graaff-Reinet, King Williams Town and Bisho.