ExperienceSHIP

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*Credits: Kgopotso Kgwedi

I know I’ve been gone for a minute (months), but I would like to share my internship experience from November 2016 – December 2016. We were given the opportunity to write an article about the whole experience, here it is…

NSQC 2016 CHAMPIONS ARE HERE!

It all began from internship meetings to setting up the vision of the National School Quiz Championships (NSQC) 2016 stage, as well as coming across some mishaps and cheers at the end of the Tournament.

In an intern’s perspective, being involved in an internship was the expectation of learning, co-operating and gaining experience. Surprisingly, the interns got to interact with incredible personalities and received an eye opener about the real world; with hard work and determination champions rise.

Only 23 schools competed in the competition that are situated across the SADC region and brought upon the acknowledgement of Africa as a whole. The NSQC 2016 series was not only intended to bring smart minds together but to educate themselves and others around them. And of course to also add a spin of entertainment for these young champs.

These champs deserved some good braai and relaxing moments before the competition got started. On 3rd December 2016, the learners got to explore the campus at Pearson Institute of Higher Education and interact with other schools. Although, most were anxious to get through the competition, they were able to cool off on a Saturday afternoon with food, music and have a good time. It is all special thanks to CNS that sponsored electronic devices. Refreshments from Sir Fruit provided limitless flavours of juices, also Captain Read water provided by NSQC and Domino’s pizza.

The day arrived for the schools to be on set and ready for the quiz. The show began to film at 11:00am on the 04th December 2016 with the Quiz Master (Tino), ready to roast the learners. The learners described him as a ‘serious guy’ with a ‘don’t mess with me’ face.

Six episodes were filmed and the Quiz Master tested them on Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science (Physics & Biology) History and Technology. This carried on for the next two days, and even the teachers were defeated by the questions asked.

To the final episode, 06 December 2016, in the early morning all was set by 08:00am. Introducing the semi-finalists to sudden death to finals and a tie of rounds before the winners could take the first trophy founded by Thabo Mbeki Foundation. The Marist Brothers Nyanga College from Zimbabwe had won the competition which was not an easy win between the tie with Rand Private College.

The champions of NSQC 2016, Marist Brothers Nyanga College, received the ultimate Thabo Mbeki Legacy Trophy and were awarded R15 000 by CNS. Each of them were proudly given scholarships to study at Pearson Institute of Higher Education.

The other two runner-ups also walked away with an experience to remember. In 2nd place, R1-million worth of bursaries awarded to Rand Private College and in 3rd place, Maru A Pula was awarded bursaries worth R600 000.

A competitive show like this, which requires focus, studying and support from loved ones, makes the competition bearable. One of the learners from St Davids Bonda (Zimbabwe) had lost her mother. NSQC, being aware of her strength and difficult time, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation assisted her by giving out a helping hand in ensuring she reaches home safely and providing her worth R15 000.

Vusi Maqubela, well-known for being one of Thabo Mbeki’s representatives, took part in the NSQC as the Score Master with a cheerful and humorous character. He always believed in enriching learners with the knowledge of Africa since we are Africans after all.

Perhaps, without the help of Thabo Mbeki Foundation, NSQC’s vision would have not been possible. But most importantly, it would have been nearly impossible without the people that made every effort to make it possible. From the interns, SRC members and extra helping hands to top management of Pearson Institute of Higher Education and the very own ‘boss’, co-founder of NSQC and executive producer, Ian ‘Primetime’ Venganai, NSQC 2016 was a success. There is more to look forward to in 2017.

-Joy Bakunzi (Journalism)

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SILENCE THE VIOLENCE..

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Have you ever thought about what kids are watching today? Could they be watching similar tv programmes than the older generation? The truth is they are watching twice as much violence than before.

What is media?

A means of mass communication through print, radio and television as well as social media (facebook, twitter, blogs).

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According to Joe Goebel in his research, media plays a role in the development of culture, views and beliefs.

Violence is any behavior that involves physical force, harm or hurt towards someone or something.

Violence is a common theme in movies and television programmes. Also included in children shows (cartoons) which may have an effect on their behaviour ( become aggressive).

An example of a t.v. series called Dexter:

DEXTER

Dexter is a t.v. series that contains suspense, violence and disturbing images of bloody scenes. Dexter the character is the actual hero or ‘good’ guy in the story.

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Toys of ‘Dexter’

Toys of Dexter have been targeted for kids, however, the series is targeted for ages 16-34 or older. It would be inappropriate to send kids the message that it is normal to cut open human beings.

IMPACT

For children violence has become such a norm that it surrounds them everywhere. For example, two kids may get involved in a fight at school and instead of being frighten or call for help, they would rather take pictures or record a video. Because violence is in almost every medium we can think of. Television holds the most powerful tool as it is visual. Society is able to visualise violence and remember more accurately on what they see.

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Reality..

TINDER SQUAD

 

Women curve but still crave for love. So tinder gives singles the opportunity to meet new and complex people. However, it is not just for the singles but married couples too.. Yes open relationships are as normal as your latest pout.

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Tinder on the rise..

The app continues to grow rapidly every second as more users sign up. I was fascinated by the look of drooling men and dreamlike husbands but they always left me with the little itch that he’s definitely a catfish. I would browse on my friends profile just to see what exactly has this app got them all glued up. The secret of tinder is the endless swiping of “too-good-to-be-true” hunks and sexy women. But funny enough I found myself downloading the app and thinking about the perfect profile to post up. Unfortunately I’m still hesitant to sign up, and come across desperate bachelors.

At the end of the day it works for some and it doesn’t for others. If you know what you are looking for on tinder you are more likely to find your match. Otherwise if you are still undecided like myself, take a step back and climb a mountain to find your match. (jokes). You could find your match like Harley Quinn and the Joker.

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In Women’s Health Magazine this Tinder App has some interesting facts

Did you know?

  • 30% of tinder users are married
  • Common age group is between 18-34
  • More male than female users

*Sources:

Research Firm GlobalWebindex, Tinder, Women’s Health Magazine

Democracy and New media

Democracy is the government of the people. In some cases or often said, democracy is misused and misunderstood. The most common phrase used to define democracy is of the people, by the people and for the people. While democracy comes along with freedom, it has paved a way for a democratic foundation. The use of people’s freedom has created a sense of relief and peace-making at most. In a democratic country, human rights are considered as well as equality for all, they are all interlinked. Just as to say that if there was no democracy then there would not be any sort of freedom, along with human rights and equality. (Ait).

New media is not an easy definition, as how new media evolves so does its own definition. It is used through mass communication and has become a central use in the political development.

According to Socha and Eber-Schmid, in the Information Age, new media may have its disadvantages. For example the digital divide, citizens that are divided according to the access of social media. In comparison with those in rural areas and those in the suburbs. If a customer is interested in buying a product online, he is more likely to come from the suburbs then from an individual in the rural era. In the good light, new media is not only used for social entertainment purposes by in businesses as well. Today new media is in fact a breakthrough revolutionary because it enhances/enables the way people can construct information in different ways. It has made work or publishing more organised and broad; one has options to post a photo, video and blog.

In today’s world of digital age and democracy, there have been a number of good impacts towards society. The rise of those that have been silent and abused, have been given a chance to voice their struggle. Social media has played a role of fighting against inequality and brutal treatment among each other. Some have raised issues of corrupt systems or the dislike of the upbringing of the state. Blogging and other online sites have captured the cruelty of the GOP’s reputation which was conveyed by George Allen’s incident and Mark Foley’s pages. In good use of the social media, elections are progressed through social networks. Most candidates, ministers and Presidents are part of the constant update of social networks. The way people approach others evolves with time and leads to how one uses social media no matter the position they hold.

Looking at the history of Hong Kong, it is one of the few countries that do not participate actively in the activities of the new media world. Yeung (2008) claimed that their systems are restricted from certain sites and are not able to freely use the media however they would like to. Since the early 2000s, more citizens are taking part in the new media and democracy movement. Some citizens in Hong Kong that go against these systems are fined or prisoned. This goes back to the practice of democracy, though living in the 21st century how can this be the representations of democracy? Observing on the United States and Hong Kong, they both have well access to technology and good economic development. But have complete different views on cultural, political and social developments.

If one can compare United States to Hong Kong, it is rather known for its active participation in politics or the economy from mouth to mouth. United States is in fact a democratic country. While in Hong Kong it is not the case of free-willingness. There is a difference in how one can participate in the U.S and in Hong Kong. As a result it disables those in Hong Kong in how they use new media in a so-called democratic country.

There are a number of examples of political change. In Philippines, citizens used phone texting in the People Power II-which reached a disaster of the former President, Joseph Estrada in 2001 and led to losing his position. Technology and its advanced social media facilitate the issues of a state more openly. It acts as a tool to help recognise crisis or any problems that an individual can pick up. Even if new media had not existed, these issues would have still been addressed through another alternative. Chances are that it would have taken a longer period.

The democracy movement is more of an advantage then a distraction overused rights. It gives one the ability of self-empowerment. When in a democratic country, citizens are given the chance of participating and being active in whichever party. It becomes a worthwhile experience for each individual. New media plays a role of more competitive elections, which leads to candidates to explore more of their weaknesses and challenges.

In terms of statistics of the Eurostat (2014), one will find that they are those that have never used a computer in their lifetime. In the beginning of digital age, when internet was first introduced it could only be accessed by a computer. As technology has developed and advanced, internet is accessible on several of technology devices such as cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc.

In Europe, looking at 26 regions, there are 35% of the population that have never used a computer. It was estimated that in 2013, 19% of the population from ages of 16-74 fall under the category of no use or knowledge of a computer. In Southern Romania, Sud-Muntenia, the majority of its population 51%, have never used a computer. Out of 187 regions in the EU, of 62 regions were counted down to 90% of those that have used a computer. New media has an effective role in those that are divided between rich and poor and those that do not have any knowledge of what is a computer.

Government Communications (2014) states that in South Africa, currently in the year 2014, we celebrate 20 years of freedom but is there really democracy in this country? Though are a number of households that have water, electricity and public goods. And it is said that it is not enough there is still a route to a better life for all. Challenges will always be part of the development of better standard of living. In the South African Constitution; it is of open societies which every citizen is equal and is protected by law. There must be a continuous path to strengthen and protect each individual’s freedom.

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Ait. (n. a. ). What is Democracy?-Defining Democracy. Available: http://www.ait.org.tw/infousa/zhtw/docs/whatsdem/whatdm2.htm [Accessed: 12 September 2014].

Eurostat. (2014). Information society statistics at regional level. Available: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statitics_explained/index.php/Information_society_statistics_at_regional_level [Accessed: 12 September 2014].

Government Communications (GCIS). (2014). Key issues-20 Years of Freedom. Available: http://www.gov.za/issues20years/background.htm [Accessed: 12 September 2014].

Socha, B. & Eber-Schmid, B. (n. a. ). What is new media? Available: http://www.newmedia.org/what-is-new-media.html [Accessed: 12 September 2014].

Yeung, R.L.K. (2008). Digital Democracy: How the American and the Hong Kong Civil Societies Use New Media to Change Politics. Available: http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2008/04/digital-democracy-yeung [Accessed: 12 September 2014].

A Blogger’s World

The Voice

Bloggers are the new trend of finding voices to work with and offer a deal or contract to benefit both the company and the blogger; “They write we sell.”

Companies are in search for any new talent or young entertaining voices that could improve their company’s name, those that can increase the market sales without having to necessary employ more staff. An easy trick into a successful business.

While with those that work well together and come to an understanding of what needs to be done then good results are accomplished. (Jarvis, 2006).

Blogging

Monetisation has ways of how to make money successfully. Blogging has welcomed a new form of employment. It is not always an easy step but worth the try. While there are a number of ways to make money with your own blog, it also needs planning and work to be done.

The majority of bloggers do not succeed because of the lack of knowledge and information on what a good monetise blog requires.

Monetisation strategy

Some of the easiest ways that bloggers use to monetise is to use the ad space which they can advertise a company’s product. This could either result in high traffic or drive visitors away (from your blog because of repeatedly adverts). Usually high traffic opens way for more advertisers to be willing to pay for your ad space. Highly trafficked blogs are monetised by ad sales.

Instead of having advertisers and companies work with you to sell their product, you can begin with your own sale. Sell your products as well; in this case you are independently on your own and in full control, your own boss. Bloggers that receive marketers to promote their own product results in a successful income. It may take time for a blogger to get into the process of selling products as an ongoing business which leaves a blogger with consistent income. The most important sector is your audience/readers. Find as much information on what your audience wants. In all of this a blogger becomes independent in their own work and also an expert along the journey.

In the tough road, selling your own product requires a lot of work. There is no guarantee of sales or profit, just like an entrepreneur that takes a risk of starting a business. One needs to know how much is he/she willing to charge and is the price valid. Lastly, the challenges of competition can keep a blogger on their feet.

When making a decision on a monetisation strategy for your blog, you need to consider commitment. Is it only a short term goal of making quick money or is it an ongoing business. A question such as how much is the blogger going to invest and do the efforts pay off. Dedication to your time is required and it is more likely to become your everyday job. Like any other job description of your main salary. An active blogger online and easy access to your products leads to a successful blogger. (Marc, 2014).

Advantages

The approach that bloggers use is also important. How bloggers interact with their viewers/readers is very crucial and could either benefit them or not. The battles of a successful blog are mainly how to start and get it up and running; and if bloggers understand how it actually works or if they have a sense of excitement, zeal or passion for what they do: blogging.

There is always room for improvement; it is never too late to learn new ways of improving or upgrading your blog. It is not just about having massive traffic or writing non-stop but knowing how to identify your mistakes and working on fixing the wrongs.

A blogger that creates his own blog to sell his product is in more control to begin and stop his business. Even if your product is being sponsored, you still have the power to stop the sponsors because it is your say whether to continue or not. (Bamidele, 2010).

 

 

Disadvantages

Bloggers tend to wait for their traffic to increase which may result in the possibility of losing money. You may have to do more writing and spend more energy on creating your product or blog. If one only has money in mind then it may cause pressure and lead them astray. This tends to give out a desperate and/or loose blog. It also might neglect the content and the quality of a blog. Lastly which is very common, a blogger will get discouraged to carry on writing or posting on his blog when they do not get traffic. (Jain, n. a. ).

Truth

The truth is once your work is being put into public then someone is bound to use it as their own. “Bloggers Terms and Conditions” need to be taken seriously. External organisations such as advertisers and PR’s are taking advantage of bloggers’ posts.

They may contribute to the success of your brand as a blogger but cause conflict between what the blogger wants and what they want. They tend to take over a blogger’s brand or blog. At the end of the day they ruin the goals and objectives of the blogger. The blogger’s artwork is taken over and could be transformed into something else. And in most cases the PR benefits more or earns more than what the blogger earns. They have a way of manipulating bloggers to making them think they will make them rich but only to find a voice was stolen.

 A good relationship with marketers and PRs can be started by knowing the kind of language they interpret in order to understand their business (how they work, what is expressed.) As for the PR side they should simply tell the truth. For e.g. If the deal will only benefit bloggers 10% or 5% then the bloggers should know, instead of giving bloggers false hope and high expectations. (Jarvis, 2014).

How does a blogger clarify that their blog has been taken advantage of? As soon as blog posts are put into publication without their say then it is simply violating their work. When crossing the line of making changes without their permission, it causes conflict and chaos between the blogger and the marketer or PR. On both sides of the blogger and the company, they hope for a successful blog as ways of making money and both succeeding.

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FOLLOW THE LEADER

FOLLOW THE LEADER

A political party in South Africa such as Agang has joined the social media trend and so can others join too. Not only do ordinary people interact on social networks but also political leaders. A brief comment and constant updates keeps one party ahead of another.

Twitter has given a voice of unleashing hidden complaints directly. A more broad way of communicating and an appropriate way of saying what is necessary. While some may say the tweets of Agang or any other party are ridiculous.

Social media can be seen as a negative impact towards society, the kind of words used and who it is directed to. There could be an issue of conflict or a disagreement among parties with different views, policies and the caution of revealing private discussions. As well as how a member communicates with another party. It is always important to keep in mind what could be the further outcome of what is being said or posted. The consequences of raising one’s opinion could be risky and unnecessary.

 

Various Apps

Mxit app has shown a tremendous path for parties to reach out to youngsters. It has over 200 000 subscribers which makes a positive outcome for political parties to interact with the youth. Personal views can be shared comfortably from teenagers to active politicians. (Phakathi, 2014).

One needs to understand the power of social media. Political parties will find it useful to remain active online. It is seen as one of the key tools used by political candidates that engage with young voters. A cell phone makes it easier for an average South African from 15-34years old to get involved and express their views.

The youth live in a digital age, a generation that is not fully informed by their own knowledge but by the reports and research found on internet or Facebook. A new trend of engaging with political parties through social media.

 

Future Elections

Today parties have shown more interest in social media. ANC has the most followers in South Africa ranking it number one while EFF is ranked the least in 2011 report. (Tracey, 2011). Future elections are in the hands of the current youth and the next generation. Social media plays a role of connecting each party to communities. Does it affect how one puts out a comment or how they describe their party? Absolutely. On twitter it brings about an interesting profile, more followers, and more interaction which brings in more supporters.

Social media makes a way for attracting more voters. As technology improves as well as advanced social networks, it is a better future for more participation among youth voters. Social networks are the youth’s main interest and can be said as the “latest trend” or “must have”. There is a big difference in not having access to social media and having access to social media. It enables political parties to engage and target their voters. Goals and visions can be shared, the ideas of a better South Africa.

Social media is bound to have a positive effect on the future elections. The numbers  increase year by year.” Facebook users in South Africa range from 9.6 million and 11 million at the end of 2013. Twitter is estimated at 5.5 million.” (Writer, 2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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