The annual Future News Word Wide Conference is back and will this year be hosted at Edinburgh Scotland, where the two young aspiring media practitioners, Lebo Ashley Philip and Bokang Kgwarapi are representing Botswana among 100 delegates from across the world.
The ongoing conference scheduled for 3rd to 8th July is organised by the British Council and is aimed at grooming future media specialists and journalists from all over the world. As part of the conference proceedings, the delegates will be participating in workshops and training by leading media specialists and journalists from various media outlets such as CNN and BBC.
In an interview with the Botswana delegate Lebo Ashly Philip expressed gratitude for being selected by the British Council Botswana to be represent the county in this glamorous gathering. She said it is an exciting experience to look forward to. Quizzed on how might the conference benefit her as well sharing of experiences in particular to media houses and professionals, she said “ As a soon I will be a graduate of Media Studies , this is the perfect platform to launch for me for my career in the media industry. Learning from media veterans from the world media corporations being Reuters, CNN and BBC is such a wonderful opportunity for any aspiring media specialist” reckoned Philip.
Moreover, Philip observed that networking with delegates from all over the world is a great opportunity to learn about media in other countries and this could help assist in how media professionals can together shape the future of media not only for individuals but for the entire world at large. Philip completed her Media Studies degree with University of Botswana this year on May.
For his part another delegate, Bokang Kgwarapi who says is not a media studies student says he feels honoured for being selected though he is not in the field of media.” I want to learn the basic of journalism be the ethics, procedures and willing forward to share the experiences or recommendations from the conference with local media houses on how to reshape the media industry based from other world industries ‘s perspectives’.
Philip completed her Media Studies degree with University of Botswana this year on May, with Kgwarapi still seating for studies also at UB in the Faculty of Science, studying chemistry. The duo delegates are proudly sponsored by the British High Commission whom selected the individuals to represent the country at the Scottish Parliament.
Future News Worldwide is a partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world‘s leading media organisations which intensifies, trains and connects the next generation of global journalists.