New media students win ITWeb bursary

Two Rhodes students win bursary and opportunity to join ITWeb's online news team.

Farzana Rasool and Talulah Habib, winners of the ITWeb Journalism Bursary for 2009.
Tallulah Habib and Farzana Rasool, both third-year journalism students at the Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies, are the joint winners of the ITWeb Journalism Bursary, introduced this year.

ITWeb, the business technology media company, launched the bursary programme to enable talented journalism students to gain experience and training in the online media environment along with fully paid-up fourth year tuition fees.

The winners will intern at ITWeb during their final-year vacation. In addition, the bursary programme includes a one-year contract to work at ITWeb's online newsroom as a new media journalist, after the fourth year of studies has been completed.

Ranka Jovanovic, ITWeb's editorial director, says: “The fast-changing media environment needs fresh new talent that combines excellent journalism skills with clear understanding of new media trends.

“In addition, ITWeb, which posts technology news as it breaks, needs journalists with a keen interest in technology - both as the subject matter and as the means of transforming businesses and society.

“We are pleased that we have identified the talent, skill and interest in both of our bursary recipients and happy to be able to support them in their new media specialisations year of studies.”

”The cost of a specialisation year is often prohibitive,” says Jude Mathurine, lecturer and coordinator for New Media at the Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies. “ITWeb's Journalism Bursary offers worthy candidates the opportunity to learn the ropes at South Africa's oldest programme for digital journalism, while sharpening their abilities through ITWeb's internship programme.”

About ITWeb
ITWeb, founded in 1996, is South Africa's leading technology-focused publisher. ITWeb dominates the technology media space across online, print and events.

Its main news portal ( reaches over 80 000 readers a month and services a substantial corporate client base through its Virtual Press Office offering. Two specialist Web sites offer additional services to the technology sector: a career jobs portal ( and a training portal ( ITWeb also operates My Digital Life (, the digital lifestyle-focused social network Web site.

ITWeb publishes four print titles: the weekly business technology news magazine, iWeek; the monthly ITWeb Brainstorm magazine, an essential business read for IT and business decision-makers; DigitalLife, a monthly consumer magazine focusing on digital lifestyle; and MindShift, a business bi-monthly focused on sustainable development.

About Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies
Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) is internationally-known for its academic programmes and wide-ranging media projects. The degrees and courses offered aim to produce thoughtful and imaginative media practitioners, and the school integrates intellectual study with the production of media.

About the New Media Lab
The New Media Lab (NML) was started in 1995 to educate journalists to develop and interrogate the use of digital technologies as platforms and tools for public communication. NML offers students insight into the application of new media technologies and arms learners with intellectual skills to work in the digital media milieu.

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