Future media leaders visit
The Eastern Cape Rising Sun had a special visit from Grade 6 and 7 learners at Laerskool Nahoon, who were eager to learn more about the media industry.
The super intelligent and savvy bunch of learners were from the editorial team of the school newspaper, Die Nahoon Nuusflits and have a commendable knowledge on the workings of a newsroom. They posed critical questions on issues of the press, its freedom and social responsibility as an information tank for communities.
Tiane Cilliers, Grade 6, asked some tough questions about editorial integrity, misinformation and finding the balance in ensuring that everyone is happy with articles published. Questions also ranged from news selection, advertisers, independence and objectivity.
The pre-teens were in luck as they became part of the newspaper’s weekly sales strategy discussions and were the first to see the October 15 edition as it arrived from the Rising Sun Printers in Durban. What made the edition even more special for them was that their schoolmates were featured on the front page!
Managing Director of the Eastern Cape Rising Sun, Nishal Rampersadh was grateful the school showed interest in his media company. “It was a fitting experience for us to host budding future media leaders, this week as we celebrate our second anniversary. Baie Dankie Laerskool Nahoon vir jou besoek by Rising Sun. Julle het my laat dink aan ‘n paar dinge om te oorweeg in hierdie digitale ouderdom en wat ek nodig het om beter te doen met ‘n paar van jou interessante vrae,” said Nishal.
“We would like to include more Afrikaans content from institutes, organisations or individuals to cater to our Afrikaans community as we already have an English and isiXhosa publication, If anyone is interested, please reach out to us,” concluded Nishal
“The kids loved the whole experience and have shown their interviews and pictures to all their friends at school. I always encourage them to read more and to read newspapers and I think meeting the team and chatting really helped that effort. They are going to become very eager Rising Sun readers – I am sure of it,” enthused Anel Odendaal, Training and Blended Learning Co-ordinator at MSC.
She spends an hour with the learners once a week after school to help them with their articles and putting together their paper.
The learners’ publication was founded at the beginning of this year as an idea by Isabella Odendaal, Grade 7, who was also part of the team to visit Rising Sun. The learners that were part of this educational experience were Daniel van Zyl Smit (Grade 70, Isabella Odendaal (Grade 7), Mindi van Zyl (Grade 7), Lienka Evans (Grade 7), Nicola Schiller (Grade 6), Jana van Niekerk (Grade 6), Alisa van der Schyff (Grade 6) and Tiane Cilliers (Grade 6).