The MMX17 Student Newsroom
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Johannesburg | 10-11-12 August, 2017
The Forum – The Campus, Bryanston
Working and cooperating with others flexibility, be open to different ideas and thoughts from different others, lead or support when appropriate, motivating a group for higher performance, accept and provide feedback in a constructive and considerate manner, contribute by sharing information and expertise, manage and resolve conflict appropriately, Punctuality and not delaying the work of others. Meeting different people and telling their stories accurately, brings me fulfilment and a sense of purpose.
Studying Radio Production was an unforeseen catalyst for my career in journalism. Currently, I am a final year Tshwane University of Technology student completing a National Diploma in Journalism. I am enthusiastic about all the various media platforms namely broadcasting, print and online.
During my second year at TUT, I had the privilege of cutting my teeth on journalism at Record Noweto (community newspaper). I have since written several articles for the publication and I was thrilled to realize that The Citizen online had picked up one my stories from Record Noweto. I believe in my craft as a journalist because I want to impact people’s lives through providing information, awareness and to shape mindsets and opinions for the benefit of society. I envisage myself as a dynamic current affairs producer and widely revered media practitioner. I am resolute about growing my craft and making a considerable contribution to the media industry.
I believe am a responsible merchant of the truth.
I am doing my Work Integrated Learning (internship) and Unisa Radio. I am a journalist and a newsreader.
I am very passionate about collecting, writing, editing and reading the news. I spend most of my time reading and I love spending my time exploring the different types of Audio editing applications.
Power FM’s Mpho Sithole and Iman Rappetti inspire me.
I am a talkative person who loves engaging on current issues affecting our country.
After matriculating in 2012, I wanted exposure to various media platforms hence I decided to move to Johannesburg. I enrolled at Wits University in 2013 and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in International Relations in 2016.
I currently write and produce various types of content as a student journalist for the Wits Vuvuzela, a weekly newspaper for the Wits University community.
I aspire to travel the world especially the rest of the continent to engage with Africans on the issues affecting the people of Africa at the domestic and international scale through my career in journalism.
Currently a third-year Journalism student and an intern journalist at the Directorate of Corporate Affairs and Marketing (TUT), Motlopye is involved in a number of major journalism, communication, marketing and branding projects within the institution. She regularly contributes to student and staff publications, namely eTUTor and Heita!Her love and passion for journalism and media dates back to her high school days at Hoërskool Silverton. She has always believed in the art of visual storytelling. The practice of multimedia is among some of the things that primarily led her to studying journalism. During her first and second year of study at TUT, she was expected to learn and build on a multiplicity of skills that are essential for different mediums, i.e. online writing, magazine layout, radio presenting, TV reporting and copy editing for newspapers. There she became proficient in different and creative styles of reporting; and excelled in videography, photography, sound editing, and writing.During her training as a student reporter for TUT FM, Record Noweto Newspaper, TUT Television news and the JournExpress online blog, she was always hailed as a committed and dedicated trainee. She has compiled a number of compelling radio and TV packages, copy for print, online articles and contributed to various community newspapers, including Rekord and Bua Student Newspaper.One of her highlights for 2017 was being selected to be part of Writer’s Bloc team which spearheaded the government’s social media and marketing strategies.She aspires to specialise in broadcast, specifically television production. Tackling a range of issues that tie in specifically with problems that exist in Mamelodi, a township she grew up in and a place close to her heart. She wishes to show the world that broadcast media can influence decision making and inform the world about topical issues in the local community.
In 2012 Mwendera attended Midrand Graduate Institute (now known as Pearson Institute) to study journalism. Little did she know that three years later, she would be doing her internship at the biggest News channels in Africa, eNews Channel Africa, also known as eNCA.
Eager to develop and learn more about what being a journalist is all about, Mwendera joined the university newspaper (The Flame) in 2013 as an intern. She then worked her away up publishing stories about important news events such as graduations and interviewing the newly arrived managing director as a reporter.
Regardless of her many commitments, she still had spare time which she used to develop her photography and video skills. Mwendera started the Humans of Johannesburg page on Facebook as an admin and photographer. The page, inspired by Humans of New York, consists of citizens living in and around Johannesburg who share their stories through photography and captions. A year later she launched her own photography brand called Afrikaren Photography.
Additionally Mwendera is a brand ambassador and social media coordinator of MAPP Africa which is an entertainment and arts non-profit online publication. In June she covered the Bush fire festival in Swaziland and continues to write articles from them. As an ambassador Mwendera contributes through photography and writing, social media marketing and is dedicated to promoting a positive Africa to the world.
Through it all, Mwendera continues to pursue her dream. Currently she is pursuing her Journalism honours degree at Wits producing features, videos and news stories for the Wits Vuvuzela publication. She also works as a weekend news anchor for LoveWorldSat an African own news station.
Mwendera plans to one day work for CNN, grow her photography brand, and teach young students who are interested in the story telling path. Mwendera takes inspiration and encouragement from the bible verse Jeremiah 29/11. ‘It gives me hope that one day, I, just an ordinary 23 year old, will one achieve her dreams,” She says. If there is one sentence that could sum up her life and ambitions, it is one by Eleanor Roosevelt, “the Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
My obsession with news production began oddly enough watching CNBC Africa in its infancy stages years back, that led to writing pieces on current affairs through publications such as Finweek, the Financial Mail and the City Press. ‘Ethics’ of the journalism professional strongly shaped how I produced content, always recognizing the media’s role as the fourth estate, informing and entertaining the public through responsible content production fundamentals.
In upholding the truth in news production, my hope is to indirectly shape socio-economic ideals to ensure for a populace equipped to make informed decisions.
Another reason is the fact that I believe dissemination and conveying of information is an important part of decision making in a democratic country like South Africa.
I think the biggest reason has to be, storytelling, to inform, alert, raise awareness and give voice to the voiceless. This is informed by my love for people. Last but not least, I generally I think It’s a flexible field that allows one to do a variety of things from digital/online journalism, radio, print etc.