U.S. Mission Supports Community Journalism at MMX17
Ntebo Mohlala, a reporter from Mams FM said: “I’ve gained so much as a young reporter from attending this conference. I’m grateful for the opportunity I got to learn from experienced people and the confidence I gained interviewing some of them.” Alex FM presenter Neo “Cappuccino” Dithloiso echoed Mohlala’s sentiments: “My highlights were networking with the big players and interviewing influential people through the CRF pop-up studio. I’m really glad I got this opportunity.”
U.S. Consul General Mike McCarthy reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to media development, noting that “community radio plays a critical role in disseminating information on everything from health care to politics across the country. Community radio’s importance to South Africans cannot be underestimated and we are delighted to have helped MMX17 extend the reach of its programming to South African reporters who might otherwise not have benefited. We are especially pleased to have done this in partnership with such an esteemed American university as Duke.”
The conference was one of several academic exchange and professional development programs supported by the U.S. Mission throughout the year. These programs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, promote dialogue and encourage mutual understanding between Americans and South Africans.