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Nobantu takes TV!

Posted by Daniel On May - 16 - 2010

By Prinesha Naidoo and Daniel Eslick

As citizen journalism is essentially a form of street journalism in which members of the public report on the issues vexing their daily lives, both Dan and I were excited and somewhat apprehensive about working with Nobantu Mancam.

Even though Nobantu suggested we cover interesting news stories, helping her report on the stories from her own perspective took a lot of getting used to as it went against all the journalistic conventions  that we had learnt over the past two years. 

We also faced a few of technical or rather technological challenges working with Nobantu. The quality of images captured on her Motorolla V360 cell phone, one of the very first cell phones with a built in camera and video recorder was poor and so she borrowed one of our phones for the duration of the course. At first she found it difficult to get to grips with the basic conventions of recording video footage that we taught her, however, her persistence and continued practice paid off toward the end of the course as the quality of her shots improved. She is also far more comfortable behind the camera. Having been most familiar with Microsoft Word, we were impressed with how quickly she managed to get the hang of Windows Movie Maker when we explained it to her – after experimenting with the program for just half an hour, she was keen to try edit her ballroom dancing piece on her own.

The fact that Nobantu is passionate and enthusiastic about working as a citizen journalist in Grahamstown meant that we all had a great working relationship – together, we overcame all our challenges with ease and constantly learnt from each other. Furthermore, working with someone who lived in Hlalani Location was an out of the ordinary experience for both Dan and I, as it gave us instant access to stories on a number of issues that we never even knew existed.

 Journalism aside, working with Nobantu and a host of other people, who featured in our stories, was a humbling experience, we were welcomed into the homes and lives of those struggling to make ends meet such as that of a 16 member family who lived in a 2 bedroom RDP house as well as those trying to make a diffrence in the rural community by teaching ballroom dancing. Such experiences taught us to count our blessings  and that it is possible to be happy and live a fulfilling life without having to be an Oppenheimer, a Motsepe or Mittal.

This multimedia post documents our time spent with Nobantu.

View Grahamstown through the eyes of a local citizen journalist. in a larger map

Homeless students

Posted by Daniel On April - 29 - 2010

This story deals with a major miscommunication between students, estate agents and builders which led to some Rhodes having to live on the street, while their homes were still being built.

The Tale Of G-Town Water

Posted by Bradley On April - 29 - 2010

Photo of James Kleinhans water treatment works

Photo of James Kleinhans water treatment works

There is nothing more disgusting then switching on the tap and some brown mud coughs out. Added to this is the fact that newspaper reports have gone out claiming deadly diseases and stating that Grahamstown water is not safe to drink. Well it is time to uncover the truth, so we went deep into the heart of the treatment works to try and solve the mystery. What are the problems? Where are the issues? What is being done? And what do the experts have to say?

Miss Independent

Posted by Paddy On November - 28 - 2009

What does it mean when a woman says, “I don’t need a man!”? We asked guys and girls what it means to be an independent woman and we got some interesting responses…

The Indian Angle

Posted by Paddy On November - 27 - 2009

Our documentary explores the perceptions people have and the stereotypes they naturally create when thinking about Indian people.  We investigate how true these stereotypes are at Rhodes University and reveal that there are in fact many exceptions to these racial and social structures we tend to create.  Sit back and enjoy this fast-paced documentary as it gives you an insight as to the ‘Indian Angle’. (By Paul Harris and Camalita Naicker)

The Hangover

Posted by Paddy On November - 27 - 2009

A Public Service Announcement in conjunction with the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA).  We explored the dangers of alcohol abuse from a students pespective and how everything can go so wrong, so quickly.  The use and enjoyment of alcohol is not just fun and games.  A culture of responsibility needs to be re-created amongst our generation.  Our PSA was entered into the Mnet Vuka Awards this year where we placed in the top 30 for the students category.

Watch the PSA – here or on the Mnet VUKA awards

Video Today

Raphael HIV testing and support CentreThe Raphael Centre located in Grahamstown, South Africa is a HIV/AIDS testing and support centre. Lately, though, this haven for people infected or affected by the virus has been rought by troubles. The future of the centre is uncertain as it needs sponsors to ensure it’s survival. Meanwhile other issues, like an objecting neighbour are also posing problems for the centre which helps over 1 000 people every month.