Gagasi FM Content Producer visits DUT Journalism students
Yesterday Gagasi FM Content Producer, Siphelele Nzuza paid a visit to the third year journalism students at the Durban University of Technology(DUT), City Campus.
Workshops conducted by DUT Journalism alumna are part of efforts by the department to get the third year journalists who’ll be going into industry soon, prepared and further up-skilled with up-to-date industry knowledge and to give them first hand experience form journalists who once sat at the very desks that the third years are sitting behind.
Nzuza, explained that as a Content Producer his responsibilities include identifying relevant and newsworthy topics for discussion, to find interesting guests and conducting extensive research on a chosen topic.
Addressing the third years Nzuza advised them to keep abreast of all news developments and to consume news from the variety of news sources available to them.
“As a journalism student you need to know the current news, breaking stories and the nitty gritty details of breaking news stories. Its expected of you and you need to make the effort to stay ahead of your game,” said Nzuza.
He also advised television students, to know how to work behind and in front of the camera. And emphasised the need for journalists to use social media platforms to source, verify, collect disseminate news.
“In these modern times social media plays a big part in journalism. You need know what is trending on social media, you need to be active on social media,” mentioned Nzuza.
With regards to getting breaking into the media industry he advised the journalists in the class to be proactive and not wait for job posts from media houses but put themselves out there and attempt to identify ways in which they can add value to the newsrooms, by sending samples of their work to media houses.
In closing Nzuza warned students must not be shy away from constructive criticism from their lecturers and editors once in the newsrooms.
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