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Journalism isn’t entirely dead.

Rhodes University first year journalism student, Jomiro Eming, won a chance of a life-time to attend the Future NEWS Conference hosted in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our reporter, Shannon Frost, spoke with Jomiro on this incredible experience

He says he isn’t usually into name dropping but get ready to take these journalistic big weights in:

Reuters Managing Editor, Paul Ingrassia.

BBC’s Douglas Fraser

The Herald Editor, Magnus Llewellin.

DC Thomson’s Donald Martin.

Former Al-Jazeera reporter and foreign correspondent, Sue Turton.

STV’s Donald MacDonald.

CNN’s Greg Beitchman.

These are just a few of the prestigious journalists Rhodes University first year, Jomiro Eming, met in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Future NEWS is a three-day event on 4, 5 and 6 September 2015 that brought together more than 100 young people from across the world. British Council, in partnership with UK media and UK schools of journalism, offered undergraduates the chance to go to Edinburgh in September for the Future NEWS Conference. So when Rhodes University’s own Jomiro received the competition entry invitation in his email inbox 24 hours before the deadline, he hustled. “I wrote the 500 word motivation in like an hour on a complete whim,” he grinned in disbelief.

Photo: Jomiro Eming.

Inside the Scottish Parliament where conference was held. Photo: Jomiro Eming.

Jomiro’s days were filled with interactive Q&As, exclusive masterclasses, practical workshops and drinking hot coffee with speakers from the morning seminars. He met undergraduates from Brazil, Egypt, Mauritius and 16 other nations that he describes as “the most exciting result of the conference as a whole”.

Jomiro relives his Edinburgh experience by reflecting on what he learned from his mentors. “I realised something important: the perception that ‘journalism is dying’ is not entirely true, and the move of journalism from print to online doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s simply a case of adapting…” Jomiro labels these inside thoughts as “pearls of wisdom” and continues to dote on the acuity. “I was also implored to never be complacent and to make our audience’s individuality the core of our agendas”.

British Council South Africa

Yogi Shoba, Veronica Boyi, Jomiro Eming, and Jessie Clark-McCleod attending the Future NEWS Conference 2015. Photo: British Council South Africa

CNN’s Greg Beitchman left Jomiro and his fellow undergrads with this advice: “disruption is inevitable…deal with it, and make it work. It can be a slow process, but now is the time to be fast. You can do it.”


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