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Wednesday, 05 June 2019

Election Day praise for Journalism students

APPRECIATED: The Western Cape IEC held a luncheon to thank journalism students for their hard work. APPRECIATED: The Western Cape IEC held a luncheon to thank journalism students for their hard work.

Journalism students recently had a front seat to democracy in action when they were embedded in the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Results Operation Centre.

The second-year students spent around a week at the Centre, assisting with media accreditation and monitoring as well as communication duties. During a debriefing and certificate ceremony hosted by Trevor Davids of the Western Cape IEC the students were praised for their hard work and diligence.

“You engaged with the IEC for a short but intense period. What we would like to know from you is how can we innovate and improve our systems,” he said. Students were given an opportunity to feed back on their duties and make suggestions to Davids and his team.

Some of the suggestions included having more support from the SAPS present at the centre, better signage and improvements on the social media.

Head of CPUT’s Media Department Prof Nirvana Bechan thanked the IEC for making CPUT their institution of choice for elections since 2004.“We go back many elections, thank you for this wonderful experience. I hope the students made contacts and spoke to a lot of people- they will remember this experience,” she said.

Each student was gifted with a certificate of participation and a reference letter which they can include in future job applications.

Written by Lauren Kansley

Tel: +27 21 953 8646

Liaises with the media and writes press releases about interesting developments at CPUT.