Thetha Uvakale (print)
This year Upstart’s literacy project took an amazing twist. We initiated Thetha Uvakale (speak and be heard) which is a weekly one-page youth news insert in the local paper, Grocott’s Mail. Thetha Uvakale is unique because it incorporates a contemporary new media approach to news and youth journalism. In February 2016, we launched this jam-packed story-telling one pager which since has since morphed into two pages weekly. Upstarters, Rhodes’ Community Engagement volunteers, together with 3rd year journo students (JMS3) assisted to launch this trailblazing immersive new media story-telling space. As a result of the momentum of this project Upstarters officially formed part of the National Arts Festival’s media team, Cue Media.
The Series (radio)
Every Saturday morning 9am to 12pm Upstart broadcasts two live youth driven radio programs. One on Rhodes Music Radio and the other at Radio Grahamstown. These programs have the same ‘edutainment’ format but targets very different youth strata in Grahamstown. The aim is to encourage youth to tell their own stories, while also to building bridges between young people from all walks of life. Since 2010, Rhodes Journalism department have worked with Upstarters. The relationship between Rhodes journalism students and Upstart is mutually beneficial in that locals youth are able to engage on their own terms with university cohorts and Rhodes students are able to gain invaluable grassroots experience
The Upstart Short Film Project
The Upstart Short Film Project was started in 2011 as a partnership between Upstart and the third year television course in the School of Journalism and Media Studies.
The project produces a series of short films each year as collaboration between the Rhodes students and members of the Upstart clubs.
The films focus on social issues that Grahamstown youth confront in their daily lives and are conceptualised to catalyse discussion on these issues.
Our clubs comprise of nine schools throughout Grahamstown with a combined membership of 114 high school learners aged between 13 and 19.
Clubs meet on a weekly basis and engage in a range of activities in order to develop a variety of skills and expand their learning and life experiences beyond their own immediate contexts.