Two former winners of the Vodacom Young Journalist of the Year award in South Africa have finally been treated to their prize of an all-expenses paid trip to London including a week-long masterclass on mobile journalism.
Karabo Ledwaba, who won the award in 2019 and Jabulile Mbatha who won it in 2021, were unable to travel before now because of the Covid pandemic. Now, thanks to the Thomson Foundation, they’ve been enjoying intense training from Glen Mulcahy, one of the world’s leading MOJO (mobile journalism) trainers.
At the foundation’s head office in London, Glen has been helping them to develop and improve their essential journalism skills of filming and editing on their mobile phones.
Both Karabo and Jabulile beat off tough competition from journalists across South Africa to win in their respective years. Karabo, who was an innovation and features writer at the Sowetan in 2019, is now a business editor at Bizcommunity.com. Jabulile is an investigative journalist for the current affairs show Checkpoint which airs on one of South Africa’s most watched news channels, eNCA.
Hosam El Nagar, who’s the foundation’s Director of Innovation and Learning said: “We’re delighted that Karabo and Jabulile were finally able to travel to the UK. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to really hone their skills in mobile journalism and learn from Glen’s experience.“
The visit to London with the Thomson Foundation also includes a tour of The Guardian and BBC newsrooms and a chance for the two journalists to meet and talk to staff.
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