Writing is a powerful tool used to communicate and advance information. The world and people around us is fascinating, continuously generating news, information and stories to be told through various platforms of Media. Journalism has always played a central role in telling those stories, sharing that information and also investigating the news which are generated on the day.

Nobuhle Ndlovu is one of the young people who has found herself falling in love with journalism. She is a student at Durban University of Technology, studying journalism. She worked at Itheku FM as a news anchor and currently working as a producer at the Durban local radio station Izwi Lomzansi FM.

Photo by Nobuhle Ndlovu

I’ve always been interested in writing; to me it’s something that’s so powerful and I feel in awe of how mere words on a page or screen (or even spoken out loud) can change someone’s opinion, publish previously private information or even just inspire someone in a way they originally wouldn’t have been. Writing is fun. How amazing would it be to get paid to do something you enjoy! That’s something that’s key to my decision in studying journalism. Not only am I enjoying the course, but the thought of this becoming a career is one that fills me with determination to succeed.

Originally, I was focused on comment and fashion writing, but now I’ve realised my curiosity about the world around me; there are so many stories out there to be discovered and I find it exhilarating.

When I was doing grade 10, I realized I had excellent writing skills and I love the variety and the fact that I can always try new things. I don’t have to find a whole new job if I want to branch out into a new area, It’s great being able to pursue news and stories.

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Journalism comes with difficulties though and for me the biggest one is finding sources who are willing to provide information, they promise you and they don’t keep their promise.

Photo by Nobuhle Ndlovu

Passion keeps you going no matter what, you keep chasing that story regardless. Having a passion for both your work and life is one of the most recognizable traits of all great journalists.

Journalism is the act of gathering, assessing, creating and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities. Journalism is meant to place the the public good above all else and uses specific methods to gather and assess information. Journalists give every citizen a voice, and also provide many avenues for informative conversations.

As a young person completing my studies, I have a dream to own a Radio station and also broadcast on TV one day. The person that inspires me is Mntomuhle Gumede she is a Multimedia Producer on SABC, I look up to this powerhouse of a woman.

I’d love to leave TMS readers with this quote “Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It’s absolutely unavoidable”. Marguerite Duras