Corruption Watch views South African youth as one of its most important constituencies. After all, it is these young movers and shakers who will be leading our country to better days in the future. And in many ways, the youth is taking a leadership stance today.
This is why we’ve set up a youth forum, a group of motivated corruption busters, with whom we engage regularly. These young men and women are tasked with further motivating and educating their own communities and peer groups on the dangers of corruption and how to fight it, and carrying Corruption Watch’s message to a wider audience.
On Saturday 16 April Corruption Watch and the youth forum came together for a workshop on media training, specifically to equip the members with skills for representing Corruption Watch in the media – interviewing and being interviewed, writing for various types of media outlets such as blogs or websites, and a crash course in marketing their work online and drawing in their readers. The organisation’s communications team presented the training session.
The participants were also given a tricky hypothetical scenario – involving the hijacking of a Corruption Watch campaign by an unnamed political party – that called for them to use their new skills in writing and issuing media statements, stating the organisation’s position on the matter in a public space, and clarifying, through various channels, any confusion that might have arisen. They tackled the challenge with gusto, showing that not only are they fast learners but that they are media-savvy and articulate. See our gallery below for images of the proceedings: