Story by Vivian Bangamu
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Journalism Womentorship fellowship programme kicked off this Friday in Harare with over 40 participants drawn from all corners of the country.
The programme is targeting mainly upcoming and fairly new female journalists in the industry.
The Womentorship programme is designed to assist female journalists learn how to navigate the newsroom through guidance and mentorship by seasoned senior female journalists.
Sunday Mail Editor Victoria Ruzvidzo said, “I joined the FNF as a mentor because I want to give back as I have been in the industry for over 30 years. The young ones do not have to reinvent the wheel and they do not have to go through the challenges that we went through. They are still in their green and primary years of working.
“I feel and I hope that from these workshops they will get something that will make them survive in the newsroom, live through excel and be known as some of the top journalists in the country in our time.”
Tanyaradzwa Muchati, an intern at the Manica Post, says she is happy to have been selected to take part in this year’s Womentorship fellowship programme.
“I have traveled all the way from Mutare to Harare for this event and I get to learn more about journalism. This programme is mainly focused about empowering women young girls so that they become better in the media industry. I get to know how to report on politics. Most of the time interns are not given the opportunity to learn about most hard beats.
“To every women out there, you can be what you want despite what the society thinks of you. I know a lot of people think journalism or the media industry is for women who do not want to settle down, but it’s not like that. It is just the perception that society have of us.”
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation Journalism Womentorship fellowship programme has two events each year and the next one will be held in Bulawayo in May.
The fellowship has been in existence for the past three years and this is the fourth year it is being held for young female journalists in Zimbabwe.