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Ministry hails innovative journalists

By Latwell Nyangu / Published on Monday, 03 Dec 2018 14:43 PM / No Comments / 803 views

3 December 2018

…as Napstar launches The Radio Presenter Masterclass

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mnagwana has pledged to promote the youths in actively participating in nation building, unearthing and helping raw talent in the media to achieve their goals.

Mangwana made the remarks during the launch of The Radio Presenter Masterclass, an experiential learning program comprised of a series of workshops that will equip aspiring radio presenters with the requisite skills to fit into any radio station in Zimbabwe.

The programme founded under Ginger Apple Group is a brainchild of former Zimpapers broadcaster Napoleon Napstar Nyanhi.

Officiating at the launch, Mangwana said:

“The Ministry supports initiatives which skill up, and hew talent and this is where Napoleon Nyanhi and his initiative come in.

“So it is my great honour to officiate this event which marks yet another milestone for the broadcasting society in Harare and indeed for the nation of Zimbabwe.

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“The intention of this program is to unearth the best raw talent in Zimbabwe and provide practical teaching for graduate trainees.”

Added the Perm Sec:

“This is in line with the Ministry’s initiative to provide training in information and media skills and going beyond by providing capacity building platforms. With the increase in radio stations and the imminent introduction of new TV stations, this need is very pertinent in Zimbabwe at this point in time.

“These are exciting times for the broadcasting industry as we have seen the rise of radio stations such as ZiFM and Star FM among others, therefore there is a need for a consistent supply of talented and trained practitioners.”

Mangwana however, urged private sector to be part of such initiatives.

“Drawing valuable lessons from other countries, we invite players in the private sector such as what ZLG has done to support efforts of improving and creating a broadcasting environment competitive in the international community as part of your corporate social investment projects.”

Founder of the initiative Nyanhi said:

“The Radio Presenter Masterclass is a KEE project that is addressing a gap that exists in the broadcasting industry and for the first instalment we are specifically looking at Radio Presentation and Production.

“We have a lot of graduates that come out of tertiary institutions with degrees and diplomas in media studies but when they reach the Media Houses they have to get full training on the practicalities of a radio station.”

Added Nyanhi:

“We intend to extend our training tentacles to TV production, digital broadcasting and live eventing. It’s time we create a standard for this industry and keep raising it every year. We must catch up but it won’t happen automatically we must work. We don’t always have to marvel at foreign radio, TV shows, films etc let’s learn what they have, innovate and overtake.”

According to Nyanhi, they will hold auditions on January 5, 2018 and every Zimbabwean is welcome.

“We are looking for people that have the basic talent, passion and drive for radio and 20 candidates will be chosen and taken through six months of intensive training involving in-class workshops, assignments, remote mentoring, in-studio practical lessons. To top it off the students will have an opportunity to travel to South Africa for an exposure trip at four Johannesburg radio stations.

“After graduation the top students in the class will be assimilated as interns at the radio stations under AB Communications and Zimpapers (seven stations in total).

Nyanhi will be the coach and assisted by trainers including Tilda Karizamimba, Tonderai Katsande and Steve Vickers.

The initiative is being backed by major players AB Communications, Abundant Media (South Africa) and Zimpapers while ZLG is the title sponsor.

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