Sports Journalism Forum Sets Tone for Cooperation

Several members of Zimbabwe’s sports media were brought together this past weekend for a sports journalism forum hosted at the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) headquarters to discuss important topics in the industry and address barriers to the coverage of sport in the country.

25 journalists attend the two-day event in an effort to facilitate better cooperation and flow of information between ZOC, the National Sport Associations, and the media and to create awareness of ZOC initiatives and programmes outside of the Games. Topics on the first day of the forum included an introduction of the roles of ZOC and the Sports & Recreation Commission (SRC) by ZOC CEO Ms. Anna Mguni and SRC Director General Rtd. Col. Robert Nhemachena respectively in this regard.

Former ZOC CEO Mr. Robert Mutsauki presented on media management and relations and encouraged sport and media practitioners “to work in partnership and appreciate each other’s complementary roles”.

Day Two of the Forum started off with a presentation and discussion of social media in sports journalism by John Mokwetsi of Alpha Media Holdings. Mokwetsi spoke to the changing landscape of journalism and how best to adapt to the transition from print to digital media.

Collin Matiza from the Zim Papers reflected on his experiences covering the Olympic Games and advised the group to be as knowledgeable as possible about different sport disciplines in order to handle critical feedback of their journalism.

A highlight of Day Two were the presentations given by Zimbabwe Olympians Micheen Thornycroft (Rowing) and Abel Chimukoko (Marathon), giving the group an intimate look into the athlete’s perspective of getting to the Olympics.

Other presenters during the Forum included Debbie Jeans, President of the Judo Association of Zimbabwe, on the importance of sport science and psychology for peak performance, Dr. Nick Munyonga on doping in sport, Steve Vickers of Star FM on ethics in sports journalism, Wellington Nyoni from ZBC Sports, and ZOC Marketing & PR Chairman Mr. Hugo Ribatika on sport sponsorship and integration.

The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee would like to thank all presenters and attendants for their support of the Sports Journalism Forum as part of the overall effort to raise the level of sport in Zimbabwe.