“ A paper for youth by youth”
<ul><li>25% Grade 8 learners “functionally illiterate” </li></ul><ul><li>45  total matric exemptions in 7 schools </li></u...
Purpose <ul><li>To develop: </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of reading & writing amongst youth </li></ul><ul><li>A newspaper rea...
Aims  <ul><li>Produce a newspaper written by learners in Grades 8 & 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Create school newspaper clubs </li...
<ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Publish 10 issues per year </li></ul><ul><li>12 page tabloid size </li></ul><ul><li>Content ge...
<ul><li>Workshops run by Rhodes students to identify issues affecting youth </li></ul><ul><li>Creative writing workshops <...
<ul><li>Problems with schooling </li></ul><ul><li>Social issues of alcohol abuse, sexual abuse and suicide </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>1. Taking ownership of their newspaper clubs </li></ul><ul><li>2. Using clubs as a platform for self expression sp...
“ Upstart  made me realise that journalists must not wait  for stories to come to them, but they must go out and  find sto...
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Upstart: Youth Media

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How young people in South African schools are telling their own stories.

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Upstart: Youth Media

  1. 1. “ A paper for youth by youth”
  2. 2. <ul><li>25% Grade 8 learners “functionally illiterate” </li></ul><ul><li>45 total matric exemptions in 7 schools </li></ul><ul><li>83 matric exemptions in 1 private school </li></ul><ul><li>100 child-headed/at risk households in school of 380 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Purpose <ul><li>To develop: </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of reading & writing amongst youth </li></ul><ul><li>A newspaper reading culture </li></ul><ul><li>Interschool communication </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. Aims <ul><li>Produce a newspaper written by learners in Grades 8 & 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Create school newspaper clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Promote multilingualism & integration </li></ul><ul><li>Provide service learning opportunity for Rhodes students </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Publish 10 issues per year </li></ul><ul><li>12 page tabloid size </li></ul><ul><li>Content generated by learners </li></ul><ul><li>isiXhosa, English & Afrikaans </li></ul><ul><li>“ magazine style” content </li></ul><ul><li>3 000 copies insert in Grocott’s Mail </li></ul><ul><li>3 000 copies distributed at schools & libraries </li></ul>Format
  6. 6. <ul><li>Workshops run by Rhodes students to identify issues affecting youth </li></ul><ul><li>Creative writing workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Photographic lessons by Rhodes photojourn students </li></ul><ul><li>Music workshop to write CD reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Art workshop to develop visual literacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>Group work on investigative reporting </li></ul>Implementation
  7. 7. <ul><li>Problems with schooling </li></ul><ul><li>Social issues of alcohol abuse, sexual abuse and suicide </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of nutrition </li></ul>Unintended Consequences
  8. 8. <ul><li>1. Taking ownership of their newspaper clubs </li></ul><ul><li>2. Using clubs as a platform for self expression sparking new possibilities, enthusiasm, skills’ development, tackling ethical issues and increasing their confidence. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Boosting literacy levels and multilingual opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>4. Having a sense of responsibility instilled </li></ul>
  9. 9. “ Upstart made me realise that journalists must not wait for stories to come to them, but they must go out and find stories in the communities that they serve.”
  10. 10. Enkosi

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