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Learners explore the world of broadcasting and technologyhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=2123Learners explore the world of broadcasting and technologyKorporatiewe Bemarking/Corporate Marketing<div>Fifty learners between the ages of 16 and 18 years, all with a passion for the media, recently received free media training and gained insight into the behind-the-scenes action at a radio station on the Stellenbosch campus of Stellenbosch University (SU). </div><div><br></div><div>The learners from Stellenbosch and surrounding areas got a taste of the world of technology and broadcasting during youth radio station MFM's first Summer School, presented in collaboration with SU's Centre for Learning Technologies and Eduloan. </div><div><br></div><div>From 15 to 19 December, the learners received radio training and training in other media platforms, free of charge. "The goal was to equip the learners with invaluable skills giving them an advantage in pursuing a career in radio," said MFM's Station Manager, Charita van der Berg. </div><div><br></div><div>The budding media all-rounders spent time at MFM where they had training sessions in all areas of on-air presenting, producing, newsreading, marketing, social media, sales, finances as well as on-and off air television training. </div><div><br></div><div>At the Centre for Learning Technologies and Telematic studio offices they had the opportunity to work in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Under the guidance of staff at the Centre, the learners were able to interview each other on camera. These interviews were captured and produced as DVD's for them to take home. </div><div><br></div><div>O'Ryan Samuels a learner at Charlston Hill High, was very excited to see what goes on in the control room of the studio but said he's keen on “being in front of the camera in future". They also explored the world of online broadcasting and streaming via programmes such as Google Hangouts and YouTube. "I have a love for radio but never knew how much effort goes into producing the finished product," said Sinesipho Mvotyo, a learner at Desmond Mphilo Tutu High School.</div><div><br></div><div>Two of the many services offered by the Centre are graphic design and video editing. The Summer School learners were taken through a quick lesson in using freeware tools to create their own movies and viewed a demonstration of photo editing. Kelsey Roberts of La Rochelle Girls High said she is keen to incorporate her newly-acquired skills into a blog "to help broaden the minds of others".</div><div><br></div><div>"This campaign was born out of a passion to educate and for us to get more involved in our community. We are very proud of this initiative and we as MFM could not be happier with the outcomes of the Summer School. We achieved everything we hoped for and more. Bonds of friendship were formed and we definitely uplifted and inspired our youth," Van der Berg added.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>On the web:</strong></div><div><ul><li><a href="http://www.mfm.co.za/">MFM ​</a><br></li><li><a href="http://www.facebook.com/MFM926">​MFM on Facebook </a><br></li><li><a href="/english/learning-teaching/learning-teaching-enhancement/learning-technologies">Centre for Learning Technologies </a></li></ul></div><p></p>