In 2020, before the inception of the Women in Journalism programme, The South African supported dozens of students via its #gig4students project. It provided much needed income to students affected during the hard lockdown and economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Testimony to the success of the project – along with other positive outcomes – is that some of our #gig4students writers are now employed full-time at The South African. Nokwanda Ncwane is thriving with the news team,”soft-news junkie” Alicia Naidoo and music-loving Naledi de Wee are an integral part of the lifestyle team, while bookworm Carmen Coetsee is our resident book reviewer.
We have relaunched our student media project with a specific focus on Women in Journalism. And through this exciting initiative, The South African aims to empower young women writers. We also want to promote diversity in media, to better represent women in society.
Additionally, the programme has also been established to encourage young women writers to cast their nets wide by venturing into different beats to gain on-the-job experience.
Women in Journalism will provide freelance work opportunities and the potential to gain full-time employment to largely (but not exclusively) women students under the age of 25 and South African citizens.
Please only complete the form if you are a South African citizen.