By Nathan Majawa:
The Raphael Tenthani Series— an initiative of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at The Polytechnic— has said it is eyeing sustainable partnerships with stakeholders in its efforts to contribute to the creation of a robust media in the country.
Series coordinator, Temwani Mgunda, said the department would like to see the series owned not only by The Polytechnic but other stakeholders as well.
“We intend to enter into partnerships with other stakeholders in the media industry so that the series should not just be a thing for The Polytechnic but should be owned by all stakeholders in the media industry as well as friends of the media,” Mgunda said.
Mgunda said the initiative had created a platform for journalism students to interact with practising media personnel in the industry.
“Some presentations dwelt on how media practitioners cover certain issues and called for a change on how to do thing. It is up to media houses to adopt the suggestions or not but the presentations have added knowledge or provided insights into journalism practice in the country. A notable impact is that, through the series sessions, our journalism students have had the opportunity to interact with practising journalists in the industry and some have even forged useful networks,” he said.
The initiative offers experts the platform to share their expertise through public lectures and create space for scholars, aspiring journalists, veteran media practitioners and other stakeholders to discuss and interact on issues affecting in the media industry.
“It is believed that, through these engagements, the series will add value and quality to the local media industry through the promotion of scholarly research and analysis. I would therefore encourage people to patronise our sessions. I also call upon journalists and media scholars to come forward and present talks or lectures during the series sessions,” he said.
Launched in June 2018, the series is an initiative of the Department of Journalism and Media studies at The Polytechnic held in honour of Raphael Tenthani, a prominent journalist who died in a road accident in 2015.
Since the launch of Raphael Tenthani monthly series, the department has held about eight sessions.
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