Female journalists head for Highway Africa

Female journalists from various media houses are set to take part at this year’s 18th annual Highway Africa conference slated for September 7- 8 at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.

The 15 journalists will graduate at the conference after a year-long Women Journalist Mentoring Program (WJMP) initiated by the U.S Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) in partnership with the Humanitarian Information Facilitation Centre (HIFC).

This year’s conference is to be held under the theme ‘Social media – from the margins to the mainstream’. Over 400 delegates from 36 African countries, including mainstream journalists, academics, community media activists and journalism students are expected to attend the event.

The ZWJM programme prepares young women journalists for leadership roles and it capacitates them with media skills to enable them to become editors, publishers and confident role models in Zimbabwe’s expanding and challenging media environment.

Launched in September 2011 as a joint collaboration between the HIFC and the U.S. Embassy, it creates an enabling environment for personal and professional growth for both mentors and mentees through various activities some of which include group meetings, discussions and trainings, academic short courses and writing evaluation.

It involve mentoring for the journalists by experienced mentors helps participants gain knowledge and skills through seminars, online courses and one-on-one coaching in critical journalism skills.

The journalists also benefited from local and regional trips.

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