A Journalism alumnus, Karinda Jagmohan was recently awarded the Regional Award Vodacom Journalist of the Year 2023 in the category of Live Reporting Breaking News Contributor at the prestigious Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards 2023.
Jagmohan who obtained her BTech in Journalism at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in 2017 is currently a news reporter for Newzroom Afrika in KwaZulu-Natal. Newzroom Afrika is a 24-hour TV news channel broadcasting across Africa on DStv Channel 405.
She was amongst the four DUT Journalism alumni who obtained the Regional Award Vodacom Journalist of the Year 2023 in the various categories. The other three journalists recognised for their exceptional journalism skills were: Dasen Thathiah, eNCA Senior Reporter in the category of Breaking News and Live Reporting, Sakhiseni Nxumalo, Sunday Times Journalist in the Sustainability category and Nivashni Nair Sukdhev in the Opinion category.
Sharing her excitement on winning this award, Jagmohan said it was a team award for the Newzroom Afrika crew who covered the coronation of King Misizulu kaZwelithini. She thanked her Editors at Newzroom Afrika for having the confidence to enter their team work at the Vodacom Journalist of the year Awards, resulting to her first win.
“ I didn’t attend the ceremony, it was held in Johannesburg. My colleagues informed us on WhatsApp. I was so excited, it made my year! It was my first award so it meant a great deal, and it felt good to know that our work was been recognised. Like many jobs, journalism takes a lot out of a person so this was a lovely reward for the years that have passed,” said Jagmohan.
She shared that this was a well-deserved win for her and the team as the Newzroom Afrika crew leaves it all on the field when providing media coverage.
“We work extremely hard under pressure and, being a relatively new news channel, we have certainly made a name for ourselves because of the way we tell stories,” she added.
Jagmohan also expressed her gratitude to her DUT Journalism lecturers for shaping her to becoming an award-winning journalist. Her journey at DUT began in 2014 when she enrolled for her National Diploma in Journalism.
“It was some of the best years of my life. I will always cherish City campus and the memories of my time there,” said Jagmohan recalling her stay at DUT.
Looking into her future plans, Jagmohan wishes to keep telling stories to her best of her ability and to continue making a positive impact in the society.
DUT Journalism lecturer and Programme Co-ordinator, Mrs Deseni Soobben was the one who shared the good news. She expressed how proud she was of the Journalism alumni who are excelling in their careers and she encouraged them to keep flying the DUT flag up high.
Pictured: Journalism alumnus, Karinda Jagmohan at work.