The South African Freelancers Association (SAFREA), a network of media professionals, has launched a student mentoring scheme aimed at assisting young aspirant journalists in selling their work and entering the world of professional journalism. SAFREA has more than 300 highly-skilled media practitioners, and they are offering their skills and experience to mentor young media students. Anyone who would like to participate in this project must please contact the SAFREA mentor Niki Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 – 758-4483. It is necessary that aspirant journalists must already have some kind of training, either through a university, technicon or on-the-job, as this is not meant to replace formal training but rather to act as a ‘finishing school’ to young journalists who are trying to break into the job market. What this project will provide is work experience, mentoring, liaison with other professional journalists, a reference and the creation of a portfolio. It is meant to bridge the gap between studies and the real world.
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