Youth newspaper to share good news about Helenvale

2016-06-15 15:15
Helenvale reporters Amy Messais, Leshay Douglas, Lemarche Grobbelaar, Clifford Danster, Lana Francis and Amy George. (Supplied to News24)

Helenvale reporters Amy Messais, Leshay Douglas, Lemarche Grobbelaar, Clifford Danster, Lana Francis and Amy George. (Supplied to News24)

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#YouthDay - Heard about the Helenvale pharmacy technician student who will soon graduate from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University among the top of his class? Or the weekly youth dialogue sessions aimed at unpacking issues facing young people?

The youth-driven Helenvale Newsletter hopes to tell all these stories and more when it launches in Youth Month.

After three years of training from seasoned journalists and editors, the young cub reporters look forward to seeing their stories in black and white when the circular is printed within the next two weeks.

Contributor Leshay Douglas told News24 the community publications will focus on positive stories coming from the town.

“When people think of Helenvale, the first things that come to mind are gangsterism, substance abuse and violence. But there’s more to our area than that,” she said.

“We have interesting and wonderful people here – people who add colour and do positive things. Ideally we want to give a voice to the voiceless and zoom in on the good happening on our streets.”

Among the stories readers can look forward to is a feature on youth development and a profile on two people who work with victims of domestic violence.

“Our newspaper will be constructive and progressive. We don’t want people to be afraid to come here. That’s why we want to distribute our publication to the surrounding areas as well, so that they can get a complete picture of our community.”

Six cub reporters submitted nearly 20 stories last week to Meropa, a PR and communications company which is overseeing the project.

“Our first deadline was very exciting. Once it’s printed, we are going to deliver it to the people for free,” Douglas explained.

She has already diarised a number of articles she planned to pen for their second edition.

“One of them is about a young man who grew up among the gangsters here but instead of becoming one, he went to university and recently completed his pharmacy technician diploma with top marks,” Douglas said proudly.

“Another young person grew up in a packed two-bedroom house. But he wants better for himself and is finishing up his law studies. These are the stories our people, especially the youth, need to know about.

“Helenvale has the talent. Everyone just needs to read about it.”

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