Zimbabwe’s leading Technology Magazine TechnoMag‘s Editor -in-Chief and founder, Toneo Tonderai Rutsito is set to depart for the United States of America (USA) under the prestigious International Volunteers Leadership Program, (IVLP), an Edward R.Murrow Program for Journalists to be held from October 31 to November 18, 2016.
This year’s program coincides with the US election, a serious opportunity for journalists to witness hands on media ethics and electronic journalism in a highly digital era. At least 13 African editors will be part of this program.
This program by any means is the most powerful annual program by the United States administration to develop and expose emerging global leaders. More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.
In an interview, Rutsito highlighted that the visit has come at a right time in his career as a journalist as he intends to tap into some of the strides and developments the United States has made in developing digital media survival strategies at a time when the conventional traditional media is faced with life threatening woes on a global scale.
By TechnoMag Reporter
“I am humbled and excited to be selected on this program. Not only is it an opportunity to visit a foreign country but rather a strategic time for me as a media practitioner to learn hands from the world’s most established media houses.
He added that as the as founder of the organisation, he has to drive and ensure growth of the company and being selected for such an opportunity was remarkable and humbling opportunity for him.
“As Editor and founder of TechnoMag, i feel it is my responsibility to come up with survival tactics for the organisation and this opportunity has just come at the right time,I am going with an open mind to tap into any possible opportunity niot just for my company but the nation at large”said Rutsito.
The Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists is an annual three-week exchange to examine the essential role of independent media in fostering and protecting freedom of expression and democracy.
The Murrow Program, a flagship initiative of the International Visitor Leadership Program(IVLP), is a public-private partnership with the Poynter Institute and leading schools of journalism that host the participants.
Emerging international media professionals engage in dialogue with their U.S. counterparts, allowing them to share journalism best practices and create new professional networks with fellow media professionals from the United States and around the world.
The Murrow Program participants travel in small groups for academic seminars and field activities with faculty and students at one of the partner schools of journalism, then visit small to mid-sized American cities to gain an understanding of media coverage in state politics and government.
There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world.
Here is the list of the editors for journalists undertaking the program.
Botswana Mr. Sonny Serite OARABILE
Investigative Reporter, Gazette Newspaper
Cameroon Ms. Amy Ngwangunu BANDA
Editor‑in‑Chief, English News Desk, LTM TV
Gambia, The Mr. Saikou JAMMEH
Secretary General, Gambia Press Union
Ghana Ms. Belinda AYAMGHA
Reporter, Ghana News Agency
Malawi Mr. Gabriel Mike KAMLOMO
Controller, News and Current Affairs, Zodiak Broadcasting Station
Mauritius Ms. Marie Florence Michaela SEBLIN
Editor-in-Chief, 5 Plus Dimanche
Nigeria Mr. Onimisi Jude ADABA
Coordinating Manager, Steam Broadcasting and Globe Communications (Radio and TV)
Rwanda Mr. Ivan MUGISHA
Reporter, The East African
Seychelles Mr. Rassin VANNIER
Head, French Section, Seychelles News Agency
South Africa Mr. Xolani KOYANA
News Reporter, Eyewitness News, Primedia Broadcasting
South Sudan Mr. Puot Panyuan Tuor WICHGAK
Journalist, Internews Humanitarian Information Service
Zambia Mr. Charles MAFA
Associate Editor, Bulletin & Record Magazine
Zimbabwe Mr. Tonderai Toneo RUTSITO
Founder and Editor‑In‑Chief, TechnoMag Technology Magazine