Win a journalism internship for 2015

By Drum Digital
07 August 2014

Former DRUM journalist Nat Nakasa’s remains are due to be interred back at home in South Africa in September after being buried in exile for decades.

Former DRUM journalist Nat Nakasa’s remains are due to be interred in South Africa in September after he was buried in exile almost five decades ago. His remains will be reburied in Chesterville Township to coincide with Heritage Month.

Nakasa left South Africa in 1964 on an exit permit – he would not be allowed to return to the country – to take up a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard College, and died the following year in New York. In honour of Nakasa’s significant contribution to journalism, DRUM and the Department of Arts and Culture present an opportunity for three university journalism students to win journalism internships.

The three-month long internship is tenable at participating South African media houses during the course of 2015.

During the internships, the three students will acquire invaluable journalistic skills and learn from some of the best practitioners of the craft.

To qualify, you must submit a 600 word essay explaining how the work of Nat Nakasa has inspired you as an aspiring  journalist to be the best in your field. The three winning essays must display writing flair and show that the contestants are familiar with the works of Nakasa.

Terms and conditions:

  • The competition closes on the  31 August  2014.
  • It is open to second-year university journalism students.
  • Winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges and members ofDepartment of Arts and Culture staff.
  •  The winners will be notified.
  • The selection of the winners is final and winners must be willing to have their names and photographs published.
  • Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash.
  • Staff (and their families) of DRUM and the Department of Arts and Culture may not enter.
  • You can e-mail your essay to
  • Each essay should be 600 words.

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