Saturday, September 22, 2007
The conference began very nicely today, with speakers from across the industry sharing their experiences and giving advice on ways in which student media can improve.
Today’s session began we Peter Barlow, Captivate chair, delivering the results of the survey the captivate team conducted with each participating paper. The survey highlighted some interesting and similar trends which all the papers share, such as apathy and funding issues.
Anna-Marie, the ex-editor of Perderby, then spoke about news room management and strategic thinking. Her talk highlighted ways to get ahead in the student media game by taking a few steps. She looked at the business of the media and as student media practitioners we must get to know how audience or clients as she refers to them. She also talked about Branding and the importance of presence on campus. Advertising was also looked at as newspapers battle with what advertising and making serious advertising decisions.
Nic Haralamous, editor of FM Campus, then spoke about the FM Campus and the revolution at hand. FM Campus is distributed to about 20 campuses across South Africa and it’s changing. In Nic’s presentation he included some the changes he is implementing at FM Campus. Their new website is one of the big changes Nic has implemented and he is hoping to create a very interactive portal with student bodies from all campuses with it.
Finally Gregor and Carly, the multimedia editors of The Times, emphasised the importance of multimedia skills within student media and the simplicity of its implementation. They both believe that multimedia is the future of young journalists because they are not scared of technology and are eager to learn. Their work at the times speaks for itself with amount interest that the public has shown just four months into its inception.
Today has been a very fulfilling day and I hope tomorrow’s discussions will take provide good results.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I was here at a time of joy and friendship. My time at Nux has not been an easy one; I have dealt with criticism from the student and staff. Through which I believe I have grown to be a better writer, leader and a stronger person. I have also received praise and support from both: members of the student body have shown me great loyalty, which I will forever be grateful for and members of staff have taken concerted interest in my efforts as Editor-in-Chief of Nux. I have constantly said that I do not think I can be a journalist in the world today. I have often felt journalism was compromised. Hence I buried myself in student journalism because it is pure, untainted and liberating. In my time at Nux I have learnt that I am a custodian of conscience and compromised or not I should play my part.
I will always be a Nuxite no matter where I go or what I do, so I hand over this paper that has meant a tremendous amount to me to a formidable team. I have great faith in you guys. Though I am no longer editor of Nux, I am still a writer of Nux. I have come full circle and I would love to just be a writer. So enjoy my last issue as editor, thank you for being an amazing audience and I wish you all the best of luck.
Keep on Trucking
Monday, March 26, 2007
On my way to NUX I run into a student, who takes up half an hour of my time to tell me what a terrible paper I run and how “a certain columnist” in the paper walks and writes with an air of self-importance that is not deserving “the columnist” and should be fired. I have heard this all before and I feel a certain responsibility to all my writers. I do not mind getting phone calls at in the morning because “the powers that be” are angry with one of them. But when a student attacks the credibility of a writer, I take it personally, after all in every issue I have pleaded on this very page for students to led their voice to the paper and participate more. And with every issue the students disappoint me. So, what do I do? Should I knock at their doors and beat them with sticks until they contribute? Or should I just hold them hostage and pull out their spleens and threaten to sell it? Of course I can’t do any of that, I don’t have that much power, yet. So, one more time dear student, I encourage you to participate more actively in the production our fair paper not just stand on the sidelines and give commentary.
Its cricket time, the cricket world cup has been the buzz these last few weeks and NUX felt the need to follow suit! I personally do not get the game of cricket but I am routing for
To the end of the road we come, the first quarter of the academic year is almost over. For ten days you get to be on holiday and then bam! It’s crunch time, the exam will be just around the corner. So use the break wisely, for we all know May is not a pretty month.
So from me, it’s over and out! I will see you when we get back! Happy Easter and take some time to relax.
Keep on trucking!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
So the feature for this issue is the UKZN Scandal, students get the opportunity to speak up about their concerns and views on the matter. When you exit this institution is your degree all you came for and all you’re going to leave with? Do you not want to take away with you some sense of pride in knowing that you lent your voice and your thoughts to the institution whose certification will determine the rest of your life? For close to R20000 a year, I think it is not too much to ask.
We are the pioneers of the future, it has been handed to us, what we choose to do with it is entirely up to us.
From me it’s over and out! Don’t forget to grab the next issue, 22nd of March!
Keep on trucking!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
to say about the country. Our writers have worked very hard to bring you an issue full of
wondrous student things that will enthrall. However, if you feel that there is any bit of information that we have not given you please feel free to write to us and we will try
our best to bring you that information. You have a voice as a student! You should use that voice.
We at NUX would like to encourage you to write to us about any issues you feel needs to be brought to the attention of the students and staff members alike. In this dynamic institution of African scholarship, we must come together as a community if we are to succeed. I hope you enjoy this issue of NUX and that those of you who celebrate Valentine’s Day had a fantastic day!
So from me, it’s over and out till the next issue. 7th of March, be sure to get it!
Keep on trucking!