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Studying towards a career in journalism, media and communications will be the topic of EP MEDIA and Isuzu SA’s next free online career webinar for high school learners. This will be broadcast on Thursday, September 23 at 17:00 and can be attended live via Facebook and YouTube.

Quality journalism is what keeps people informed of the real facts, especially in these times where fake news on social media spreads faster than wildfire. Journalists, whether in print, broadcast or digital media, give communities of this world an objective view of what is going on around the globe and in their own communities.

There are many opportunities for studying and working in the field of journalism and this will be discussed during the webinar.

This is part of a series of six live career webinars, aimed at equipping high school learners with information on career guidance and some of the different career fields, especially those that require scarce skills.

The recording of the first four career webinars, which focused on career guidance, and all the higher education options available to learners, as well as the Isuzu SA Chair of Mechatronics at NMU, careers in the 4IR and Artificial Intelligence, as well as education, are available on the Express Facebook page.

The theme of the last webinar in this series will be Logistics which will be broadcast at 17:00 on October 21.

Experts from around the country have been selected as panelists for the journalism webinar which will be facilitated by Port Elizabeth Express reporter, Candice Bezuidenhout.

Schools are encouraged to motivate their learners to participate and during the live webinars the name of one of the attendees will be drawn in a lucky draw. This learner’s school will receive advertising space in the Port Elizabeth Express, UD Express or Komani-Karoo Express to the value of R6 000.

On the panel for this week is Linda Fekisi, who is part of The Independent Institute of Education’s (IIE) central academic team, where she works as a Head of Programme for Journalism in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a journalist and an academic.

Her journalism experience in print, broadcast and online publications spans over a decade. Linda is an avid supporter of contextual storytelling, exploring hidden narratives and challenging misrepresentation.

As an emerging academic, Linda holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Science and is currently reading towards a PhD in Communication.

Also among the panellists is former Die Burger news editor, Cindy Preller. She holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies and has worked as a journalist and news editor at community and daily newspapers, before specialising in corporate communication. She has worked as a public relations manager for organised business and as a consultant for various companies and non-profit organisations, including working as an external relations manager for an international public benefit organisation.

Cindy is a lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities in the Media and Communications Department at Nelson Mandela University. She is currently the BA Hons: Corporate Communication programme co-ordinator and lectures various undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, including work-based learning modules where students engage in practical work experience.

Also on the panel is Denise Roodt, who is an experienced education and training manager, educator, accredited training provider, content producer, journalist and entrepreneur.

She started her career at the SABC as a radio and television presenter locally before she was appointed to working internationally for the SABC as a television news editor and correspondent. She co-ordinated the journalism programme at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and served as deputy programme leader of the BA in Media, Communication and Culture at the former University of PE, as well as developing the curriculum for the media components of the qualification.

Among her many milestones are being former campus dean and registrar of AFDA PE private higher education institution in Nelson Mandela Bay and owning and managing The Media Workshop, a multi award-winning MICT-Seta accredited training com­pany. The Media Workshop is fully-accredited to deliver six one-year vocational qualifications in media-related skills, including Journalism, Film and Television Production, 3D Animation and Visual Effects and Photography.

During the webinar viewers will also see video clips from people currently working in the field of media.

  • More info is available on the Express Facebook pages or by contacting Nicolette Thomas at 083 578 1655 or
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