EP 5: THE PITCH

After grappling with the ‘a podcast of a podcast’ concept, the team has a concrete plan! In this episode, Yandiswa Calane and Noxolo Manyati introduce us to the team pitching the podcast idea to Rhodes Journalism Review (RJR) editor, Prof Anthea Garman, acting head of the school Dr Jeanne du Toit, and third and fourth-year audio journalism lecturer Steven Lang. Some other members present were the third-year audio class who hope to produce the podcast in 2022. Zisanda Solwandle and Garfield Khanyile share why the team settled on Africa Media Review and why Rhodes Journalism and Media Studies should be producing a podcast. Then, each team member commented on the content they produced. Noxolo Manyati, who co-produced the jingle with Yandiswa Calane for the Africa Media Review (AMR) podcast, gives insight into the inspiration behind the jingle and how it fits into the cover art and theme of the podcast. Sibusisiwe Kumbaca introduces Steven Lang, who hosted the pilot Episode of AMR, and gives a pen sketch of the hosts hosting the podcast. Then onto content. Garfield Khanyile explains Dr Priscilla Boshoff’s hot press paper and describes the model behind having a Rhodes JMS staff member interview Boshoff. Sakhe Tshoni gives insights on some of the lessons and approaches journalists Redi Thlabi and Raymond Joseph. Then, Nwabisa Nkani shares insights and more story inspirations other science-related stories the next team can cover from her conversations with Aisha Abdool Karim and Mohale Moloi. Prof Garman, Dr du Toit, Steven, and the third-year class sing the praises of these producers. It seems like they are onto something big!