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Trading Live for Madiba

Date Released: Wed, 6 August 2014 09:46 +0200

by Ettioné Ferreira

From 18 to 25 July Rhodes University Community Engagement Offices (RUCE) hosted Trading Live Week in which students, staff and community members had the chance to exchange ideas and skills for 67-minutes or more. This year the JMS students helped out by providing the coverage for the event.

The idea of Trading Live comes from the 67-minute concept which was created by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. For this reason the event starts on his birthday each year, 18 July, to mark the start of a week-long drive to encourage people to do community engagement. The event started three years ago and still enjoys mass participation by the wider Grahamstown community.

This year RUCE approached the School of Journalism and Media Studies to form a partnership whereby JMS3 students used their skills in their various specialisations to document the events. Lecturers introduced the week as part of the third-year course structure with students getting a chance to use their work for Grocott’s Mail, in an exhibition and in their end of year portfolios. It provided hands-on experience for the aspiring journalists and a way to face the challenges of a deadline-driven project with daily events to cover. Ultimately this also prepares them for the work they would face at Cue, the festival newspaper, which they work on in their fourth year.

Student’s work can be seen in Grocott’s Mail on Friday 8 August and the exhibition opening on 13 August in the Oppidan Dining Hall (RSVP with Community Engagement).


Photo by Jamie Tucker 

Source:Ettione Ferreira