A very insightful Patience Chido Nhamburo observes an unbalanced involvement of men and women in sports coaching and journalism which accounts for women unemployment or underemployment, underrated, and overlooked in many respects. “Because women are a bit scared to venture into sports journalism, the same applies to how they also hesitate to join sports coaching clinics, they always think it’s meant for the men and it’s a no-go zone for women.” Tendai A. Sauta Speaks to Patience Chido Nhamburo of Zimbabwe Television Network.
1. In brief tell us about yourself and your career as a Sports journalist?
Ok. My name is Patience Chido Nhamburo, um 28. I studied Journalism and Mass Communication at CCOSA. I currently work for ZTN. My career as a Sports journalist has been great and mixed with its own share of ups and downs but I wouldn’t change it for anything, I guess it comes with the territory, more so being a female in a male dominated field, but we keep pushing.
2. Journalism, sports journalism is still dominated by men. What does it take to be a female sports journalist?
Being a female sports journalist takes a lot of research and being involved in sports so you know and understand what you are talking about. You need to know your players, your numbers, everything as it happens. The work is double for women than it is for men, but so far, the women so it also requires double the energy and focus put into the job, because as women, people also expect you not to know or understand anything about sport just because we are women, but we are changing the narrative, with focus we are just as good as our brothers.
3.The Covid19 Pandemic Induced Lockdowns has put a stoppage to contact games to stop further transmission of the Covid19 virus. What is your assessment of the current situation?
It’s a hard pill to swallow for people who love sport, but on the other hand, we need to stay safe and healthy for us to bring back all the games when we get the go ahead. We need our teams safe and healthy too, so if this is what it takes, then I am in support of it.
4. The men rugby team has just won against Burkina Faso. Is media playing a balanced role in making local and international teams known?
I believe the media is playing a balanced role. Sometimes people go out of their way to make sure that the fans are informed and entertained. So, with the minimum resources we have, we are doing the best we can.
5. There is a high demand for community and school sports coaches. Where do coaches get trained and capacitated in Zimbabwe?
To girls and women who would want to join, I encouraged them to go for it, and give it all they have got, it’s time we take over sport as female journalists.
6. What’s your word of advice to girls and women who intended to join the journalism profession?
Because women are a bit scared to venture into sports journalism, the same applies to how they also hesitate to join sports coaching clinics, they always think it’s meant for the men and it’s a no-go zone for women.
7. Your closing remarks?
As a young woman reporting on sport, I encourage my fellow sisters to join the group of other females doing sports and let’s change the world., Let’s play sport, watch sport, and talk about sport…The sky is the limit for us, we can do it because we are stronger than what we think.
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