Hopewell Chin'ono

Subject area: Screen Media

Course: MA Documentary Practice

Level: Postgraduate

Year: Graduated 2007

I came to Brunel University to study MA Documentary Practice after spending 16 years as a print and radio journalist with the BBC World Service and numerous other newspapers from Zimbabwe. Little did I know that my experience at Brunel would radically transform my professional fortunes.

What I found fascinating about my year at Brunel was the ability to combine practical skills training and intellectual rigour examining documentary film making, skills that I now use not only in documentary film making but also in television news journalism.

I used the skills learnt during my year at Brunel as a tool to enter the world of TV news and joined ITN, the UK’s biggest independent television news provider as its producer in Zimbabwe. Since graduating from Brunel University in 2007, I have won the:

My documentary film A Violent Response which looks at Zimbabwe’s post-election violence has been nominated for the BANNF Television Award in Canada and the Rory Peck Features Award in London.

My graduate documentary film Pain in my Heart won me the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Award that took me to University of Oxford’s prestigious Said Business School on a leadership training fellowship under the auspices of the African Leadership Institute.

I have also worked as a freelance television field producer on special assignments for CNN International, Sky News, BBC News Night, Rte Ireland, Greek National Television and ITV Wales.

I currently work in Zimbabwe running the ITV News and South Africa’s eNews operations. I feel greatly indebted to the Brunel University Documentary Practice program and I am living proof of how one can use the academic experience from this program to practical field use and achieve a lot.

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