Welcome to Media Centre
The Media Centre, established in August 2010, is a non-profit making media
organization which operates as an independent Trust.
- Mission Statement
Our mission is to work with the media and civil society to enhance professional
journalism standards, support increased access to information and create a platform
for progressive public debate.
Open and accessible media for an open society.
- Services and Resources
a) Informtaion Web Resource Centre complete with a high speed fibre internet connection;
b) State of the art audio and video editing suite.
c) State of the art radio studio for production & training;
d) Video filming and digital photography;
e) Video conferencing facilities;
f) Library and documentation centre;
g) Photocopying and printing services
The Media Centre strives to be a neutral and efficient platform for media and civic society interaction, information sharing and awareness raising.
The Media Centre:
1) Provides a secure working environment for freelance journalists, citizen
journalists & journalists working for foreign media;
2) and civil society organisations in order to enhance the free flow of information in Zimbabwe;
3) Facilitates & conducts training for journalists, citizen journalists and media students in areas such as investigative reporting, information security and information communication technologies & Social media
4) Provides a platform for public debates ,press conferences , roundtable discussions , public meetings and think tank sessions with the view of
upholding truth telling and integrity in the media by all democratic means;
5) Provides video conferencing facilities to journalists and civil society
6) Facilitates for practice of citizen journalism by people in grassroots
7) Promotes freedom of expression & access to information through alternative
media, public debates & facilitating citizen journalism;
8) Promotes and facilitates the use of information communication technologies & Social media by journalists, citizen journalists & Civil Society in the interest of promoting democracy & development;
9) Facilitates for interface & dialogue between media and stakeholders including Civil Society, policy makers, political actors, business, marginalised groups & others
10) Helps marginalized communities access information & tell their stories through information communication technologies, Social media, mainstream media & amp; other platforms;
11) Offers general conferencing facilities complete with a public address system and projector;
12) Offers a fully equipped broadcasting studio for production and training
purposes for journalists and media students;
13) Offers informational and technical resources for foreign journalists working in Zimbabwe.
All freelance journalists and other journalists who do not have secure work stations can utilise the Media Centre. The Media Centre is also open for use by Information departments of Civil Society organisations and media students. An average of 30 freelance journalists & foreign correspondents work from Media Centre on a daily basis. Organisations that have benefited from the services offered by Media Centre include the Zimbabwe Human rights Association (Zimrights), Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Radio Voice of the People, which utilises the Media Centre broadcast studio to record radio programs, Voice of America’s Studio 7, Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), Zimbabwe Peace Project, The Zimbawean, a weekly newspaper, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), British Broadcasting Corporation and others . Guests for Talking Point have included the
European Ambassador to Zimbabwe, political analysts such as John Makumbe, civil activists, political party leaders and others. A network of citizen journalists drawn from across Zimbabwe is also benefiting from Media Centre’s training & capacity building initiatives.
The Media Centre is a registered trust which consists of the Board of Trustees, the management board and the secretariat. The Board of Trustees has five members namely Chris Chinaka from the Reuters News Agency, Godfrey Gamabanga 3 (Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) ), Sibongile Mpofu, a lecturer at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Olivia Nyama from the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights). The Board of Management is made up of ten members dawn from media organisations, Civil Society, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) business and the legal fraternity. The Board of Management is chaired by Mr. Harrison Nkomo, a Human Rights lawyer who is deputised by Ms. Ellen Kandororo-Dingane, an Information Officer at the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN). Other Management Board members include Ms. Fazila Mohammed (Freelance journalist), Dumisani Muleya, an investigative journalist, Ms Patience Zirima, Coordinator Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ), Mr. Frank Chikowore (Freelance journalist), Mr. Bhekimpilo Ncube, a Media lecturer at NUST and Dr. Wallace Chuma, a senior lecturer in Political Communication aft the University of Cape Town (UCT).