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This is a professional blog of an experimental student journalist. I showcase my work from both the course and vacational work on this blog. I also add a flavour of my own thoughts and observations.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Radio Dream

I write this post just as I am about to begin my fourth and final year of study at Rhodes University. I have survived the infamous class reductions which occur after each year in the Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies, and I could not be more grateful. I have one more year in the parameters of being a student to make further inroads in my Radio studies, which I intend to put to good use in my future career.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Introduction to Development feature

RADIO PRODUCTION: Development feature

The assignment of producing a development feature was my introduction to the notion of development journalism. Using Banda’s (2007) interpretation of development journalism and its essential use in broadcasting, I obtained the platform I had wished to have, of uncovering a positive story in Grahamstown.

Introduction to News


The importance I set of focusing on the average citizen as a primary source and focal point of a story is revealed in the new stories I produced this year. The first story in the news section, which is on the implications the closure of The Old Gaol Backpackers’ Lodge, would have on its backroom workers, emphasised solely on these workers, and the catalyst of this story was the backroom worker who is the first interviewee in the story. The second story in this section, of the taxi drivers’ dissatisfaction with hitch-hikers who refuse to commute in taxis, is another story which I focused on a concerning issue affecting citizens.

Radio studies


A.)The journalistic philosophy I produced at the beginning of the Radio Studies course was motivated by the societal differences, and the manner in which these differences have been represented through the media. Focusing my philosophy on how I planned to approach radio journalism in Grahamstown, I became aware of the existence of such differences in the city, which proved to be the focal point of my philosophy. I made it a point that through the journalism I produce for radio, I would “aim to engage with the diverse citizens who reside in Grahamstown”, to ensure that the community as whole got to know stories from the various groups which reside in the city, making a contribution, a small one somewhat, in breaking the barrier between the various class and cultural differences that are predominant in the city.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sakhuluntu Cultural Group development piece

Grahamstown hosts one of the largest arts festivals each year. But what happens in the City of Saints when there is no festival taking place? Litha Mpondwana looks at one of the unique arts groups in Grahamstown.

Soil erosion in the Eastern Cape

Soil erosion has become a serious challenge facing the agricultural sector of the Eastern Cape. While there have been measures taken to counter soil erosion, farmers and communal land owners in the inner region of the province are seeing an increase fo this problem. Litha Mpondwana compiled this report.

Back to work! Climate change and development

After the thrill of the National Arts Festival and the Soccer World Cup, it was back to some hard work. The third term of the Radio 3 course introduced my class to reporting on Climate Change and Sustainability,  and producing development journalism. I enjoyed the challenges these assignments brought about, and I am pleased to introduce to the public the respective packages I did on Climate Change and Sustainability; and development journalism