WRITERS INSPIRE DUT JOURNALISM
By: Zinhle Mngadi and Thobele Nzama
The Durban University of Technology’s Journalism Programme welcomed the visit of two astonishing writers, in celebration of the 16th Time of the Writer seminar and National Library week at City Campus, to inspire students on the role of writers in media. on Tuesday.
The 16th Annual Time of the Writer is hosted by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts from the 18 – 23 March 2013. The panel features a diverse gathering of leading novelists, social commentators, activists, playwrights and short story writers from South Africa, Africa and other international countries.
Researcher of the African Centre of Migration and Society (ACMS) for the University of the Witwatersrand and well known Ugandan writer, Jackee Batanda, encouraged aspiring journalists to always “give a voice to the voiceless”. She highlighted the importance of young writers to break the myths of society and tell true stories rather than float with speculations. She also encouraged journalists to cover stories happening out of South Africa to enrich their skills as journalists.
“Visit other African countries to enrich your journalistic skills. Look beyond South Africa and cover stories abroad also” said Batanda.
Aman Sethi, a journalist originally from India, told students that writing fiction is easy because you make it up creatively but non-friction requires you to find a bizarre story first which can be a challenge. He also emphasised that journalists need to respect the trust they get from sources to tell their stories in the hope to bring change to their lives.
“You have the power to bring forth issues and change lives” said Sethi.
The line-up promises to be thought provoking as panel discussions include controversial human rights issues such as Perspectives in South African Writing, Africa Writing Queer Identity, and Reflections on the Palestinian State among others with book launches every evening – showcasing the skill of writing in Africa.