Izwi Labahlali (The Voice Of The Citizens)

Izwi Labahlali (The Voice Of The Citizens) is Grahamstown's first radio show whose content is, for the most part, produced and presented by citizen journalists.

The show, which airs on Radio Grahamstown on 102.1 FM, gives newly-trained citizen journalists who have completed a 6-week course in the Grocott's Mail Citizen Journalism Newsroom an extra platform (in addition to Grocott's Online) to report on what's going on in their communities.

The show is being aired on a trial-run basis every Wednesday in November 2009 from 17h00 to 17h30, and will become permanent on the Radio Grahamstown programming schedule from early 2010.

For the trial run, the show is being hosted by Khaya Thonjeni, the Schools Outreach Officer at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, who is joined by different citizen journalists each week. 

Izwi Labahlali is intended to play a significant role in realising Grocott's Mail's aim of making news something that is increasingly consumed - and produced - by all citizens of Grahamstown. The idea is that it will get people talking about issues that really matter to them, so that they can feel more of a sense of belonging in their communities. 

Listen to Episode One (aired on 4 November 2009):

Listen to Episode Two (aired on 11 November 2009):
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Listen to Episode Three (aired on 18 November 2009):
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Listen to Episode Four (aired on 25 November 2009):
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