The Women Journalist Mentoring Program- Fellows (WJMP-F) has since August 2013 supported 12 professional journalists as they seek to enhance their academic qualifications to meet the challenges of highly demanding newsrooms in a robust and dynamic media landscape. The project is a follow up to the highly successful Women Journalist Mentoring Program (WJMP) started in 2011 which saw 45 young female journalists increase their professional writing and leadership skills through mentoring and specialized training sessions over 12 months in three consecutive years. WJMP- F continues to work with alumni of the WJMP through regular seminars and assignment based activities whilst supporting selected participants undergo undergraduate and postgraduate level studies at reputable colleges and universities in Zimbabwe. These include the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Women’s University in Africa (WUA); and Midlands State University. The increased understanding will enable participants to critically cover complex societal issues and developments as well as increase their ability to take up leadership positions in the media sectors.
Seven students are in their final year of study in Political Science and Administration with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). Three are studying with Women’s University in Africa (WUA). At present, WJMP Fellows are: Chifamba Michelle (UZ); Chikwanha Thelma (UZ); Chirumanzu Grace (WUA) Kamputa Cecelia (UZ) Khuphe Cheryl (WUA) Mandizha Tairsai (UZ) Masiyiwa Gamuchirai (UZ) Moyo Thandeka (WUA) Muguwu Sharon (MSU) Muperi Wendy (UZ) Washaya-Moyo Caroline (UZ).
1.) The team of fellows recently attended the Highway Africa Conference where they participated in discussions and conference sessions on the internet and human rights.
2.) Since its inception in 2013, four fellows have completed studies at undergraduate (2) and graduate level.
3.) The Fellows program has also seen some participants seconded to various regional and international exchange opportunities.
4.) Fellows continue to hold regular seminars on topical trends in media and journalisms facilitated by visiting U.S. speakers and local speakers. These sessions have also covered complex subjects such as parliamentary processes; promoting media literacy to increase audience engagement, investigative reporting and academic research sessions.
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