Interview with Marshall Patsanza

Marshall Patsanza completed his BJourn at Rhodes University in 2009. During this time he worked for the student newspaper Oppidan Press, becoming chief graphic and layout designer. Marshall focused on multimedia and online journalism during his studies, which has stood him in excellent stead in his career since then. Marshall has been working for the IOM-UN (International Organization for Migration) since 2015, having served an internship with the UN in 2014. He has filled a variety of roles in digital communications, from digital outreach and content producer to his current role as head of social media. IOM is the leading intergovernmental organisation in the field of migration and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. Marshall has been an integral part of developing the Global Migration Media Academy (GMMA), a unique platform designed to standardise media training, as well as strengthen ethical and accurate reporting, on migration. He was a coordinator for the It Takes A Community Campaign, which aims to promote a balanced and evidence-based public narrative on migration. Marshall has been involved in many other digital communication efforts for the UN, including coordinating the visibility of IOM’s humanitarian assistance in Syria and creating online and digital content for IOM’s counter trafficking awareness campaign IOM X, which leverages the power of social media to engage young people from south east Asia and make them aware of the dangers of human trafficking and exploitation in the region.
5 Jul 2023 English South Africa Business · Education

Other recent episodes

Interview with Deidre Uren

Upon graduating in 1988 with a BJourn from Rhodes University, Deidre Uren moved to the SABC in the Eastern Cape as a radio and television journalist. Thereafter she became, in turn, radio assignment editor, TV assignment editor and provincial editor Eastern Cape from 2005 to 2021. In 2021 she was…
6 Jul 2023 23 min

Interview with ZikhonaTshona

Zikhona Tshona grew up in Ntoleni Village in Fort Beaufort. In 2011 she graduated with a BJourn and was immediately hired as a reporter for eNCA, where she remained for 11 years. In 2013, she was head-hunted to be part of the team that launched SA’s first black-owned talk radio…
6 Jul 2023 24 min

Interview with Steyn Speed

Steyn Speed completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at Rhodes University in 1992. During his time at the university, he was editor of the student newspaper Rhodeo. After a short stint at East Cape News Agencies as a media trainer, Steyn moved to Wits University as national news service coordinator…
5 Jul 2023 30 min

Interview with Elna Schutz

Elna Schütz graduated with a BJourn in 2013, specialising in radio and audio. While studying at Rhodes University, Elna worked as both writer and editor for the student newspaper Activate, and was a presenter on Rhodes Music Radio. She also led a team in producing a weekly community youth show…
5 Jul 2023 30 min

Interview with Heather Robertson

Heather Robertson completed an MA in journalism and media studies at Rhodes University two decades into a successful career as a journalist. This took her from Elle magazine, to the Sunday World, to a decade-long stint at the Sunday Times, where she deputised for the editor, Mondli Makhanya, from 2007…
5 Jul 2023 40 min