Monday, 5 March 2012

my job

I'm a general news radio journalist . Not a glamourous job at all but I love it to beats. I've always wanted to be a journalist since I was a kid. I used to get excited when I saw TV journalists running around with their big video cameras, I just knew I wanted to be a part of that world. Back then I didn't know the various fields there are in this industry. As I grew older my grandfather and I would wake up early to catch the morning current affairs show on Umhlobo Wenene FM( SABC radio). The most amazing voice I've ever heard would inform us effortlessly of everything happening around the country and abroad. It came naturally to Nontebeko Nzuzo to dish out the news, I loved that woman. She passed away in the early 20's but I will never forget her voice.

I've been fortunate enough to work in the print and broadcast journalism fields. I worked with an amazing group of people at The Rep, an Avusa Group community newspapers. That was my first ever professional journalism gig. I remember how excited I was when my first ever story was published.  After finishing my internship there I went on to another community media, UCR FM in mthatha. A small community radio station which has produced many greats in the field. I learnt a lot there. In the 2009 another great opportunity presented itself and I was ready for it. SABC education's Siyayinqoba Beat it needed young journalists to film short, HIV/Aids educational documentaries. There, I didn't only grow professional but as a person as well. I had a chance to interact with people from different backgrounds and learn how their lives have changes since discovering they're leaving with HIV. One would think that living with the virus would only bring negative changes in a person's life, I was surprised myself by how positive and hopeful most of them were. When my contract expired with Siyayinqoba I did a number of freelancing gigs, had some great moments. One of the stories that stood out for me was one I did on former ANC youth league president that made front page of The Star, Pretoria News and IOL. Fast forward, now on my sixth month at Algoa FM, a commercial radio station, one of the Umoya media stations. I hardly hear people say they are happy at work, but I am, because I get to collect news, the one thing I'm most passionate about.

Bellow are some of the events I've been to since the beginning of 2012. Just some. We don't take pictures all the time as we'd love to. lol
Me and my high school friend Sindiswa at the SA vs Sri Lanka  ODI 

South Africa Vs Sri Lanka

Me and Lerato at a ICT event

Me and Lerato at the Africa Open Golf Challenge

Me and Rato, #instagram pic

Me and Rato love seafood, this here are the remains of her meal

Me and fellow small town journalist Sithembele Sakati

Myself and another fellow journo and friend Thando Cezula goofing around on the red carpet at the EC state of the province address

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