More than 200 learners that are part of the school newspaper development project from the Khomas, Hardap, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa and Erongo regions have attended media camps since 2015.
The media camps aim to educate high school students on ethical journalism, teach them about the dos and don'ts of the profession as well as give them the platform to practice their writing and photography skills.
The goals of the camp are to give the learners media training that will equip them with vital skills and open doors to a future in the media and related industries. They also receive continuous feedback on their work throughout the camp. They also get the opportunity to meet the editors of Namibian Sun, Windhoek Express, Republikein and Allgemeine Zeitung and engage with them in roundtable discussions.
News values, the future of the Namibian media industry, the importance of social media and the evolution of media in the digital age are just some of the topics that are discussed at the workshops they attend. The workshops are fun and informative and the participants have the opportunity to produce their own multimedia videos at the camp.
Although the learners work very hard during the camp there is also time for fun. Learners get the chance to participate in fun activities including a gala dinner/prize-giving.
Private Schools Weekend
The annual Private Schools Weekend for sport benefited from a newspaper compiled by learners in 2017 and 2018, as this project has been incorporated in the school newspaper project.
The Expo Times
The third annual Expo Times was compiled by media students from both Nust and Unam.
The students were also granted the opportunity to see the publication come to life and watch it being printed at Newsprint Namibia. The publication was not only distributed at the expo, but also to commuters, onlookers and passers-by in surrounding areas such as Maerua Mall and Ausspanplatz.
As an extension of the school newspaper development project, learners who formed part of their schools editorial teams have to opportunity to work at NMH as paid interns for a year at Namibian Sun, Republikein and Allgemeine Zeitung. Our first intern intake was in 2017, who are currently employed as fulltime employees at NMH. For our second intake, we have two dynamic young ladies writing for the Republikein and Namibian Sun, respectively.
Interns work alongside the editorial teams of the respective publications and gain valuable industry-related experience. The internship programme focuses on the holistic development of young journalists. All interns also have to complete a certificate in practical journalism through our in-house Namibia Media Academy.
The third intake of the internship programme will resume in January 2019.
#Hashtag Career Fair
The 2017 Career Fair served as one of the main focus points and attractions of the Hashtag Festival. Learners broadened their horizons by being exposed to different career opportunities, study requirements and engaging with exhibitors and industry leaders. Learners also had the opportunity to attend interactive seminars and workshops that were hosted by experts in respective fields.
The Hashtag Festival will take place next year under the Namibia Tourism Expo and Motor Show, which will take place in Windhoek from 5 to 8 June.
The third annual Career Magazine in 2019 will again profile more than 200 careers and will be distributed to schools nationwide. This publication aims to empower young people with the knowledge of what to expect of life after school, how to adapt to varsity life away from home, choosing school subjects for their field of study and first-hand, personalised accounts of people working in various industries.
Did you know?
This years #Festival will be combined with the Tourism Expo and Motor Show, from 5 June to 8 June 2019.