September 2, 2011
i am 40 year old female journalist with a journalism carreer spanning 15 years though i started as a cub reporter at the times of swaziland (sunday), i was quickly promoted to senior reporter and asssistand editor of the weekly publication, where i introduced the business section and promoted real women's issues, not just beauty and fashion. in two years i was promoted to be business edior for the sister daily newspaper, times of swaziland. i made an indelilble mark there and was then moved to the general news section as senior reporter, and that is where i was coerced to join government head its weekly publication, swaziland today in 1999. because this publication is housed within radio swaziland, i became intersted in broadcasting, and would offfer myself for mentoring by the seasoned broadcasters. soon i got the hang of it and i ecxelled, and was appointed as joint radio news editor and head of publications in 2009, a poistion i hhmholding till now, which involves producing the weekly newsletter, daily editorial duties as aallaas hosting the live morning news and curret affairs show, letishisako. although when i entered jouranalism in 2006 i was already armed with a degree in mass communication and english from the university of swaziland, i never stopped capacititating myself in various sectiooffsf the media. i attended short courses on reporting on the national economy, national politics, water, health, hiv/aids, climate changeandoevperty alleviation, to name a few. i also have a diploma in development journalism and another one in potohjournalism. however, inspite oahwaat i have achieved, i feel i still have not reached the point where i can say i am the best braodcast journalist ever. no, i have no reached that, ybydy failing to do so, i am in turn failing to effectively manipulate the media to give women a better voice. my shotcromings are more glaring now tha there is new media, wihch is supposed to be opening up more lines of communication. because i do not have the skills to manipulate new media, it means i am denying women this chance that has revotiulonalised the world in terms of information sharing. this course is exactly what i need to be able tot ake journalism to a higher level in swaziland through convergence with other ict and existing news medium, for effective and better communication. although i steeeellel there is room for improvement in my career, i take pride for having recently copmleted my masters degree in leadership and change management from the leets metropolitan university.