NC journo goes big

2016-11-23 06:01
Tshediso Moshoeshoe (25) from Kimberley attended a three-day African Investigative Conference at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Tshediso Moshoeshoe (25) from Kimberley attended a three-day African Investigative Conference at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Northern Cape journalist and publisher Tshediso Moshoeshoe (25) rubbed shoulders with big names in the field of journalism from across the African continent and the world at large.

He attended a three-day African Investigative Conference at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) hosted from 7 to 9 November.

Representing the Northern Cape with pride, Moshoeshoe was amongst the 50 investigative journalists from 29 countries and was apparently the youngest who attended the unprecedented conference.

According to Moshoeshoe, the conference, which was attended by the likes of Prof. Mathata Tsedu and award-winning American senior journalist Shane Bauer, was held in promotion of investigative work across the African continent.

“I have learnt that being a journalist in a country like South Africa is actually a blessing, compared to other countries. Here we have no strict rules restricting us from reporting,” he told Express Northern Cape.

“For the first time in my life, I saw journalists breaking down while sharing some of the work they do in their countries and how badly they are treated,” said Moshoeshoe.

The highlight of the conference was when award-winning German journalist Michael Obert shared the work he did while assigned on a dangerous mission to Northern Nigeria, where he was covering a story about the dangerous terrorist group Boko Haram.

“In early 2014, he travelled to Nigeria on a mission to find answers on Boko Haram, how they are organised, where they get their funding from and whether they are linked to any international terrorism networks.

“I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to go and learn from other senior journalists across the world who have vast experience.

“It was not an easy thing to listen to and watch videos of some of the work those guys have been doing.

“It was emotional and out of this world.

“One can just grow from the expe-rience and be a better journalist,” Moshoeshoe said.

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