Radio Workshop’s Big Win at One World Media Awards

First, a successfully produced three-part series. Then, a One World Media Award nomination. Now, the award itself!

We couldn’t be more excited to announce that Radio Workshop’s I Will Not Grow Old Here won the Best Podcast and Radio Award at this year’s One World Media Awards ceremony. The three-part series explores youth unemployment in Alexandra township, Johannesburg. The One World Media Awards recognise the best media coverage of the global south: stories that break through stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people across cultures.

“We worked together to honour the struggles and joys of people’s lives within Alexandra. We never imagined that the story of a young woman living in a part of the world that is not often spoken about would reach all the way out into the world and touch people. That’s the power of a story. And we are even prouder that it’s an African story!” said Lesedi Mogoatlhe, editor of the podcast.

23-year-old Mary-Ann Nobele produced this story about the community she grew up in, and wanted to use the medium of audio storytelling to bring listeners into the lives of young people. She said: “This podcast series was born out of our youth radio project at community radio station Alex FM. For more than ten years, young people in Alex have been broadcasting about matters that affect them and their communities. We hope the success of I Will Not Grow Old Here draws attention to the ongoing challenge of unemployment that young people face in South Africa.”

We’d like to thank the Open Society Foundation for their support in producing this story and congratulate the Radio Workshop podcast team on their incredible work. Lesedi Mogoatlhe, Dhashen Moodley, Jo Jackson, Mike Rahfaldt, Rob Rosenthal, and of course, Mary-Ann Nobele – you’ve made us proud.

Thank you to the One World Media Awards and its voters for their recognition and we look forward to what this means for the future of podcasting in Africa.