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The State of Journalism in South Africa- Tell us what you think.

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Starting this month, the Press Council of SA will be holding public hearings as part of a review of its system. We invite anyone who would like to give oral input on ways to improve and strengthen the SA Press Code, the Press Ombudsman’s complaints procedures and the
Constitution of the Press Council.

Please let us know if you intend to make oral submissions, so we can arrange a schedule. Anyone is welcome to observe, but please note seating is limited. The Task Team reviewing the system will continue to accept written submissions until March 15, 2011.

For more information please contact Taryn Mackay, PO Box 47221, Parklands 2121, Phone: 011 484 3612/8, Fax: 011 484 3619. e-mail: Tarynm@ombudsman.org.za.

Top Investigative Reporter and Author to Open Power Reporting Conference

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Award-winning narrative journalist and author Joshua Prager is the keynote speaker at this year’s Power Reporting: the African Investigative JournalismConference, hosted at Wits University.

For the first time, Power Reporting will have a skills stream dedicated to Narrative Reporting alongside the training streams on computer assisted reporting and investigative journalism.

The conference includes top local, African and international speakers such as Philip Beresford, editor of the Sunday Times Rich List; Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois; media lawyer Dario Milo; Eric Mwamba, Fatuma Noor and Kassim Mohammed of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters; Mail & Guardian reporters Adriaan Basson and Sam Sole; and Dutch investigative journalism trainer Luuk Sengers.

Apart from Prager, speakers at the Narrative Stream include journalism lecturer and author Jo-Anne Richards; author Melinda Ferguson; UP head of journalism and author Pippa Green; award-winning journalist Beauregard Tromp; award-winning author Leoni Joubert and author Mandla Langa.

The Narrative Journalism stream is funded by Absa and co-ordinated by frayintermedia which has convened four previous annual Narrative Journalism Conferences.

Widely viewed as “master storyteller”, Prager’s work as been described as “exemplary journalistic sleuthing”. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Best American Sports Writing and the Wall Street Journal, where he was a senior special writer for eight years and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times.

Prager is a 2011 Nieman fellow at Harvard. He will then write a book about his recovery from quadriplegia after breaking his neck in a bus accident.

Absa is funding Prager and the participation of top local narrative writers. The bank has also provided bursary funding for 40 community and freelance reporters as well as journalism students.

“Narrative journalism provides reporters with the skills to tell South Africa’s complex stories. For this reason, Absa supports these ongoing initiatives to improve the quality of journalism in South Africa,” said Happy Ntshingila, Absa’s Chief Marketing and Communication Officer.

For more information on registering for the Power Reporting: the African Investigative Journalism Conference, go to http://www.journalism.co.za/powerreporting

For interviews with Power Reporting Workshop speakers, contact Obakeng Mooke at omooke@frayintermedia.com.

For Absa bursary applications for community, freelance and student bursaries, contact Samkele Nkabinde at snkabinde@frayintermedia.com.

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Reporting Science Conference- from evolution to revolution, 21-22 September 2010

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frayintermedia’s previous Reporting Science conference were a phenomenal success. One of its former key-note speakers, Dr Chris Smith – the British doctor/virologist better known as the “Naked Scientist” (after the award-winning BBC weekly radio show he hosts) – has since become a household name on the local airwaves.

This year’s conference will see Prof. Lee  Berger reveal some of the secrets of the Sediba fossils and include a visit to the Planetarium headed by Dr David Block, an Astronomer and Director of the Cosmic Dust Laboratory, School of Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of Witwatersrand.

This year, frayintermedia is partnering with Wits University to bring together science reporters, journalism students, leading scientists and science communicators to explore science research into the past, present and future. The conference is sponsored by SAASTA and the Ford Foundation.

 A number of bursaries have been made available for journalism and science students, community reporters and freelance journalists as well as science communicators. These will be made available on a first come first served basis. Spaces are filling up quickly, so book early. Bursary application form

Date: 21 & 22 September 2010

Venue: Sturrock Park, Wits University, Johannesburg

Cost: R1 940 (incl VAT)

Info/Bookings: Obakeng Mooke, (011 341 0767) or omooke@frayintermedia.com, to register please fill in attached form and if you are a bursary applicant please send an email to the email address provided.

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Learn how to use Social Media effectively, 14-16 September 2010

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Do you know your tweets from your twits, your myspace from your facebook? Can Youtube be an effective marketing tool or is it only a teenager’s space? Are you able to blog effectively? Do you feel comfortable exploring new media initiatives in your business? As a journalist, public relations officer, marketer or communicator, do you feel confident advising on various social media tools?

2-DAY SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS WORKSHOP (14-15 September 2010)

frayintermedia is offering an introductory workshop on new media tools targeted at all communicators which explores new platforms to get their message across. The workshop includes

● An introduction to interactive social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and MySpace,  an understanding of new trends in internet usage.

● Guidelines on: using Facebook effectively including starting a fan page; using Twitter, growing your followers and effective tweeting techniques; understanding how YouTube works, how it can be utilized to grow your profile across all popular social media and integrate information.

● Using media tool effectively including: using Twitter for networking and intelligence gathering (finding sources for journalists); profiling initiatives on Facebook; ethical considerations; and building relationships and starting conversations with your audience.

WRITING FOR BLOGS WORKSHOP (16 September 2010)

This will focus on:

● Understanding how readers interact with blogging, including; guidelines for effective blogging; understanding and growing your audience; and linking your blog to social media networks.

● Writing skills, including: effective blog structures; good writing tips; self-editing skills; and multimedia tools to consider (eg. Videoblogging).

*Space is limited due to the interactive nature of the training.

DATES:
Social Media Tools Workshop: September 14-15
Writing for Blogs Workshop: September 16

VENUE:
frayintermedia training room, Suite 252, 2nd Floor, Dunkeld West Centre, Corner Jan Smuts & Bompas, Johannesburg.

COSTS:
2-day Social Media Tools: R1, 900 excluding VAT

1-day writing for Blogs: R950 excluding VAT

3 days, both courses: R2, 400 excluding VAT

REGISTRATION: To register please contact Samkele Nkabinde on 011 341 0767 or email her snkabinde@frayintermedia.com

Registration form:

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Phuza Wize Meadowlands – Speakers’ backgrounds

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Dr Neo Morojele is the Deputy Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit of the Medical Research Council. She has experience in conducting substance abuse research in treatment, health, school, bar and community settings. She is currently involved in studies on alcohol and other drug use and HIV-related sexual risk behaviour. She also conducts research on adolescent substance use and foetal alcohol syndrome.

Dr Morojele received her first degree in Psychology at the University of Zimbabwe and then completed her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom (University of London and University of Kent at Canterbury). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Substance Use, and an Associate Editor of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies.

Desmond Lesejane is the Deputy Director of Sonke Gender Justice Network with overall line responsibility for programmatic and operational issues. He is also an ordained minister and Dean in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern African where he is responsible for the supervision of fourteen ministers.

Desmond studied theology at the University of Natal and the University of South African where he obtained a Bth (Hons). He has worked in various positions for the South African Council churches at a strategic leadership level. He is also part of founding staff of the Moral Regeneration Movement. He served as the CEO of the Civil Society Secretariat that hosted the international civil society summit that ran parallel to the WSSD Summit held in Johannesburg.

Apart from having extensive leadership and management experience, he has facilitated processes in the social justice arena and has been part of major local and international civil society initiatives in this regard. This includes being of the People’s Budget Campaign and Jubilee 2000 campaigns, and participating in the World Council of Churches socioeconomic justice processes. As a theologian and social justice activist he has written and spoken widely on gender issues from the male perspective.

Agnes Shabalala is a seasoned social and behavioural sciences consultant with over ten years practical experience in HIV/AIDS, research, training, counselling and support. She has a passion for people’s well-being, empowerment and creation of systems to sustain education programmes. She conducted research, produced and co-produced several publications and made presentations at national and international conferences on a range of health topics.

Before she joined Soul City in 1997, she worked as an independent consultant, for UNAIDS/UNDP (Pretoria), where she conducted research on the establishment of project (GIPA) Greater Involvement for People Living with HIV/AIDS. She was also an associate in Sesame Street Research Program in Children’s Television Workshop, New York City.

She is currently employed as an Acting Research Manager, where she has managed a range of wellness programmes.

Dr Sue Goldstein is a medically qualified doctor who specialised in Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked in primary health care in Alexandra and Soweto for 10 years prior to specialising. She then became interested in health communication and health promotion and has worked as Community Education Manager at the Johannesburg City Council and at Soul City: Institute for Health and Development Communication since 1995.  She has co-authored a book on Health Promotion in South Africa, and taught Health Promotion and research over many years as an honorary lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria. She has also been an external examiner for the University of the Cape Town.

Through working with Soul City Dr Goldstein has focused on the evaluation of the impact of Soul City and of health communication in general. She also has vast experience in communication around AIDS, having worked with both the Beyond Awareness campaigns and the Khomanani campaigns, as well as in communicating with children, though the development of the Soul Buddyz vehicle. As an individual she has always been concerned with social justice and was a founder editor of Critical Health as well as an active member of the NAMDA emergency medical services, an active member of the Progressive Primary Health Care Network and a board member of the PPASA. Dr Goldstein has presented papers at many National and International conferences.

Saint Madlala is the National President of the South Liquor Traders Association (SALTA), also the chairperson for Gauteng Liquor Traders Association statutory body that represent the liquor retail sector. He is also in the committee of the Liquor Charter in the industry of South Africa, representing the Liquor Caucus. He is the owner of a liquor wholesale distribution based in Soweto, Gauteng.

Phuza Wize Pinetown – Speakers’ backgrounds

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Professor Charles Parry is the Director of the South African Medical Research Council’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Research Unit (ADARU). He is also an Extraordinary Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Stellenbosch.

He received graduate training in South Africa (MSc) and the USA (MA, PhD) in clinical/community psychology and mathematical statistics and has published over 100 reports/articles and co-authored two books: Alcohol Policy & Public Health in South Africa (1998) and Alcohol and the Developing World: A public Health Perspective (2002). He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Addiction; Substance Abuse: Treatment, Prevention & Policy; and the African Journal of Drug & Alcohol Studies.

He has advised local/provincial/national government on a variety of issues related to alcohol and drug policy: National Department of Health (on alcohol policy in general and specifically regarding restrictions on alcohol advertising), National Treasury (on alcohol excise taxes), Western Cape Department of Economic Affairs (on policy issues regarding the retail sales of alcohol), City of Cape Town (on its drug strategy), the Western Cape Department of Community Safety (on addressing the links between drugs and crime), and the Department of Social Development (on substance abuse policy implementation).

He was also one of the convenors of the alcohol component of the 2008 Safer South Africa initiative and was involved in the formulation of South Africa’s National Drug Master Plan in 1999 and its revision in 2005. Since 2006 he has been a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems.

 Agnes Shabalala is a seasoned social and behavioural sciences consultant with over ten years practical experience in HIV/AIDS, research, training, counselling and support. She has a passion for people’s well-being, empowerment and creation of systems to sustain education programmes. She conducted research, produced and co-produced several publications and made presentations at national and international conferences on a range of health topics.

Before she joined Soul City in 1997, she worked as an independent consultant, for UNAIDS/UNDP (Pretoria), where she conducted research on the establishment of project (GIPA) Greater Involvement for People Living with HIV/AIDS. She was also an associate in Sesame Street Research Program in Children’s Television Workshop, New York City.

She is currently employed as an Acting Research Manager, where she has managed a range of wellness programmes.

 Dr Sue Goldstein is a medically qualified doctor who specialised in Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. She worked in primary health care in Alexandra and Soweto for 10 years prior to specialising. She then became interested in health communication and health promotion and has worked as Community Education Manager at the Johannesburg City Council and at Soul City: Institute for Health and Development Communication since 1995. 

She has co-authored a book on Health Promotion in South Africa, and taught Health Promotion and research over many years as an honorary lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria. She has also been an external examiner for the University of the Cape Town.

Through working with Soul City Dr Goldstein has focused on the evaluation of the impact of Soul City and of health communication in general. She also has vast experience in communication around AIDS, having worked with both the Beyond Awareness campaigns and the Khomanani campaigns, as well as in communicating with children, though the development of the Soul Buddyz vehicle. As an individual she has always been concerned with social justice and was a founder editor of Critical Health as well as an active member of the NAMDA emergency medical services, an active member of the Progressive Primary Health Care Network and a board member of the PPASA. Dr Goldstein has presented papers at many National and International conferences.

Saint Madlala is the National President of the South Liquor Traders Association (SALTA), also the chairperson for Gauteng Liquor Traders Association statutory body that represent the liquor retail sector. He is also in the committee of the Liquor Charter in the industry of South Africa, representing the Liquor Caucus. He is the owner of a liquor wholesale distribution based in Soweto, Gauteng.

Mbuyiselo Botha joined Sonke in July 2008 and is the organisation’s Senior Programmes Advisor. He worked extensively as the dissemination officer for the International Red Cross based in South Africa in the 80s. He was a founder member of the South African Men’s Forum and is currently the secretary general of the Forum where he deals with issues of advocacy, training and community based structure building. 

Mbuyiselo’s involvement with the forum has spanned from the dawn of democracy to date. He is also a member of the national steering committee for the planning of the annual activities for the 16 Days of activism against violence against women and children campaign. Mbuyiselo writes a weekly column called man to man talk for the national newspaper the Sunday Sun and is a frequent radio and television commentator on issues relating to the abuse of women and children in South Africa.

In 2007, during a women’s day celebration speech in Galeshewe near Kimberly, President Thabo Mbeki singled Mbuyiselo out for special praise and expressed his appreciation for Mbuyiselo’s work done with men for gender equality in South Africa. Mbuyiselo is a humorous, warm, people centered person.

Steve Hamilton has been working in South African schools, colleges and companies for over 17 years, and more recently in countries such as Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland fighting a steadily growing drug pandemic. During the course of his work he has received numerous awards from various service organizations, one of which was an ‘International citizen of the year’ award by Lions International. He is also regularly asked to appear on radio, television and media publications for his views on the topics of Drug, Alcohol abuse and AIDS. He has published a book “I want my life back” in its 6th print run in SA, and was published in the USA in all 52 states in March 2004.  He has lectured psychiatrist, psychologists and other medical professionals, and has assisted many companies, in dealing with the abovementioned topics.

It became Steve’s personal crusade to help people fight the war against addiction. Steve portrays his life story on stage in the form of a psychodrama for schools and gives corporate presentations too. He re-enacts the tragedy of his own addiction, lasting some 20 years, making him accessible and “real” to his audience. The International Association of Lions Clubs gave Steve the Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 1997 for having devoted his life to the full-time fight against substance and sexual abuse in South Africa.

As Steve says in “I want my life back:”
“At the age of 15 I already had a criminal record, busted by the drug squad for possession of an illegal substance. You’d think I’d have learnt a lesson, wouldn’t you, but I’m still learning, even though I’m clean of street drugs now – well, just for today – and have a lot of clean time behind me. The hardest lesson of all for an addict is that the nightmare is never over and the powerful seduction of just one more high never ever goes away. The story in these pages is not a comfortable one. It doesn’t have an ending and I’m not even sure if it has a true beginning. Some of the time it may read like a bad dream.
It isn’t.
It’s my life you’re holding in your hands.
Don’t let it be yours.”

Phuza Wize round table: 3 March at Sedibeng in Meadowlands, Gauteng

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09:45-10:00

(15 mins)

REGISTRATION & TEA

10:00-10:15

(15 mins)

WELCOME

Birgit Schwarz (project director, frayintermedia)

10:15-10:30

(15 mins)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Phuza Wize: Why the need for this campaign?

Speaker: Dr Sue Goldstein (senior executive, Soul City Institute)

10:30-11:30

(1 hour)

SEMINAR 1:

Understanding the Link Between Violence and Alcohol Consumption

Expert: Dr Neo Morojele (deputy director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council)

Facilitator: Birgit Schwarz (project director, frayintermedia)

11:30-11:45

(15 mins)

TEA

11:45-12:30

(45 mins)

SEMINAR 2:

Mapping and sourcing stories on violence and alcohol consumption

Expert: Agnes Shabalala, (representative, Soul City Research Team)

Facilitator: Birgit Schwarz (project director, frayintermedia)

12:30 – 14:00

(1h30mins)

LUNCH & LAUNCH OF THE “PHUZA WIZE” CAMPAIGN

14:00-15:30

(1hr30mins)

Panel Discussion:

Phuza Wize: Are we a Nation of Violent Drinkers?

Facilitator: Ike Phaahla (talk show host, SAfm Midday Live)

Panelists:

Scientist: Dr Neo Morojele (deputy director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, South African Medical Resesarch Council) on key research findings and intervention strategies

Celebrity: Kabelo Mabalane, on his personal story of alcohol consumption and interpersonal violence

Machismo expert: Desmond Lesejane (deputy director, Sonke Gender Justice Network) on masculinity and alcohol consumption, masculinity and violence

Liquor trader: Saint Madlala (national president, South African Liquor Traders’ Association)

15.30-16:00

CLOSURE AND TEA

Phuza Wize round table: 1 March at the Rainbow in Pinetown KZN

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09:30-10:00

(30 mins)

REGISTRATION & TEA

10:00-10:15

(15 mins)

WELCOME

Michael Schmidt (managing director , frayintermedia)

10:15-10:30

(15 mins)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Phuza Wize: Why the need for this campaign?

Speaker: Dr Sue Goldstein (Soul City Alcohol Reduction and Violence Prevention Campaign Manager)

10:30-11:30

(1 hour)

SEMINAR 1: Understanding the Link Between Violence and Alcohol Consumption

Experts: Prof Charles Parry (director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council)

 Facilitator: Michael Schmidt (managing director, frayintermedia)

11:30-11:45

(15 mins)

TEA

11:45-12:45

(1 hour)

SEMINAR 2: 

Mapping and sourcing stories on violence and  alcohol consumption

Expert: Agnes Shabalala, (representative, Soul City Research Team)

Facilitator: Michael Schmidt (managing director, frayintermedia)

12:45 – 13:30

(45 mins)

LUNCH

13:30-15:30

(2 hrs)

Panel Discussion:

Phuza Wize: Are we a Nation of Violent Drinkers?

Facilitator: Kieno Kammies (talk show host, Talk Radio 702)

Panelists:  

Scientist: Prof Charles Parry (director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council) on key research findings and intervention strategies

Celebrities: Kabelo Mabalane (on his personal story of alcohol consumption and interpersonal violence)

                 Steve Hamilton (recovering alcoholic and author of the book I Want My Life Back) on his personal story of alcohol consumption and interpersonal violence)

Machismo expert: Mbuyiselo Botha (co-director, Sonke Gender Justice Network) on masculinity and alcohol consumption, masculinity and violence

Liquor trader: Saint Madlala (national president, South African Liquor Traders’ Association)

15.30-16:00

 CLOSURE AND TEA

 

 

 

 

 

Getting the message across during the Soccer World Cup

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frayintermedia will conduct a two-day media skills programme for GTZ in January 2010, including practical coaching on being interviewed for radio and television.

The massive global media coverage South Africa will receive during the 2010 Soccer World Cup will shape the world’s perceptions of the country and the continent with a lasting effect. Over a billion people in more than 200 countries are expected to simultaneously follow every event of the month-long tournament between the world’s top 32 soccer-playing nations.

The World Cup is thus a great opportunity for projects and organisations to showcase their initiatives and achievements. Knowing and understanding the media landscape will, however, be crucial for project leaders and communicators to get their message across in a way that will ensure their organisation’s future success.

The two-day course consists of a theoretical and a practical part.

Day One

aims at providing a better understanding of media landscapes, reporters’ needs and how newsrooms operate. The course will look at ways to engage the media successfully and address the issue of media laws and ethics and the interviewees’ own rights. It will furthermore provide participants with the necessary tools to formulate key messages, and to get these across convincingly in writing and on radio and TV.

Day Two

will focus on the practical application of all theoretical learning and provide participants with opportunities to handle different types of interview situations. The aim is for participants to gain confidence and become increasingly aware of the importance of self-conduct and speech patterns, in particular on camera.

Aim of this workshop

The overall course aims at enhancing the participants’ understanding of how the media in SA and Germany works and strives to empower communicators to handle media requirements in a professional manner, especially at a time of increased media interest and global focus on the country.

The client

The two-day training course frayintermedia will conduct on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) will prepare team members and partners of the GTZ Youth Development Through Football (YDF) projects for the heightened 2010 media interest and help communicators to become successful ambassadors for the organization and its project activities.

Outcomes for the media training

By the end of the two-day course, participants are expected to:

  • Understand the local and the German media landscapes in terms of their reach and prime interests
  • Understand what makes news in local, regional, national and international media
  • Understand how newsrooms operate and therefore how media relations can help in terms of getting key message across;
  • Have gained basic communication skills necessary for the production of media tools and the handling of Q&As and media interviews.
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