Wits Vuvuzela Victory

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Read article here: http://witsvuvuzela.com/2013/10/16/wits-vuvuzela-wins-top-prize/

We are officially a group of award winning journalists. Today the Wits Vuvuzela team was informed that we have been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s team award for transformation.

The team wins R20 000 to further our efforts towards transformation (Damn! We thought we’d pocket a R1000 each nyana :”D).

This year has had its ups and downs and writing these stories on sexual harassment was a challenge.

We had arguments about whether to publish names or not, we had arguments about when to draw the line and we had challenges regarding when to wait for our print edition and when to avoid getting scooped by mainstream media and go with what we had and break stories online.

Another challenge we faced was people within the university either refusing to speak to us, giving us the run-around or saying they are legally bound not to speak to us. *sigh*

We kept pushing and were able to write the best stories we could regardless of whatever issues we faced. It was difficult and at some points it was very emotional.

I had nightmares about ruining people’s lives but I knew that at the end of the day I made a commitment to journalism and revealing the stories that many would be too afraid to touch.

In working with these stories, we told the stories of young women who had been silenced by the power of these men who were their supervisors and educators. We had the platform to convey what they couldn’t.

And you know what? It felt good to be a mouthpiece for someone who either couldn’t speak up or was not being listened to at all.

On Friday we will all be attending the ceremony and we cannot wait to stand up and be proud of the work we’ve done.

Halala #teamvuvu halala!!!

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