Young voices

Young Reporters’ Network



Mwanza currently has 15 young reporters. The network works in collaboration with Metro FM, Barmedas TV and Mwanza Youth and Children Network to produce a TV and radio programme called ‘Sayari ya Watoto’. The young reporters can be heard and seen every Saturday from 0900 – 1000 hrs (EAT)

"Since the training people are really astounded by my presenting skills. People come up to me and say, "Hey we have such talent in Mwanza, we did not know we had such talents here. They really respect me. And even when I hang out with my friends they say nice things about my presenting skills and that makes me feel so proud. I can stand among my peers and they look up to me. I keep up with my school work and I do a good job on air. A lot of opportunities come my way too, for example in school when we get guests or they need a school representative, I get chosen because they think I am articulate, confident, I know how to stand up in front of people and present something. And those extra skills I got from the media training." Jasmine, 16 yrs

“I am proud that when we are doing our programmes we also raise many issues from the community.  Through these issues we are able to educate parents, guardians and children so they can follow the right steps to help them build a good foundation for themselves. We also have a big role in journalism and we can deliver news and other information to our peers. Feedback from children can help the government and the public to solve problems affecting children. The Young Reporter’s Network has brought big changes especially in the programmes we are doing.” - Jasmine, 16 yrs

“I am happy to be part of the Young Reporters’ Network because it has developed my skills and enabled me to be known in my community. I am able to report on news about children through radio and TV. I am happy to be a role model in my community because children are looking up to me. In many communities children are picking up bad lifestyle choices such as drug abuse and this is really affecting our communities. I am also proud that I have been a reporter for about a year now and some people thought I would do badly in my studies or would not listen to my parents because I would know a lot of things but this did not happen. I have been able to manage it all. I have been doing very good in my studies so I have been a good example to follow, not just at home, but also at school other children have been able to look up to me.” – Sekela

“I love the fact that we get to meet with the other children every Thursday and Friday when we have our production meetings. I like the interaction and I like the programmes we’re producing, and I’m even more proud that we’re the ones who go on air and present our programmes and it’s not adults doing it. That makes me really happy.” – Ummi

“As a young reporter I have changed a lot. When I used to walk with my branded Young Reporter’s Network t-shirt, people would ask me if I am a reporter or what am I involved with and I was not able to explain myself because I was still scared. Now I have changed and I can express myself better.” – Ummi 

“The training helped us a lot in using audio equipment. We now have equipment such as audio recorders when we interview children in schools. Before, when the real life story presenter travelled, our programmes lacked the real life story segment but now we can record anywhere and even go the interviewee’s home. This training helped a lot.” – Ummi

"Before we got our training we were really scared of the microphone. When we went into the studio, we couldn’t even present our programmes, we were too shy to speak up. But since we got our training we're not afraid of the microphone at all. We make really good programmes. For myself, I can say I am more creative these days.  Before when I used to be asked questions I just used to say, "Yes, yes, yes." But now I know I have to think of something, I have to go deeper and give details, not just "yes, yes," anymore.” – Yusuphu, 11 yrs



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