Here at Celebrity Check (CBC), we are committed to giving you the scoop on different types of entertainment news. This time, we are delving into the world of sports. Tafara Salem Muchiuro (TSM), has worked for the likes of ZBC TV and Radio and Horseracing at Borrowdale racecourse. CBC had a chat with him about his career and what it takes to be a sports journalist at his age.
CBC: What was your life like before reporting on sports? Did you try other fields of journalism? How was the experience?
TSM: I have always loved sport hey, and besides horses, cricket and rugby are the two sports that will always have a special place in my heart. I also report on bowls. But ultimately sport is my heart beat.
CBC: Did you have hopes of becoming a professional sportsperson rather than inking other people’s performances at some point?
TSM: Like I said cricket has a special place in my heart, I played club cricket when I was in high school at Churchill, it was a great experience that really taught me a lot about the sporting environment and got me acquainted to a lot of personalities on and off the field.
CBC: What is your taste in music?
Music is really beautiful and I go for anything that appeals to me, I like African music like Habib Koite, Yousou Ndour etc and listen to a lot of Christian rock, Anberlin, Jars Of Clay, Jeremy Camp and some Cold Play too. Zimbabwe dance hall has also earned their place on the local music scene.
CBC: Who are the most interesting people you ever interviewed and why?
TSM: I can safely say, journalism is a field that has really opened up the world to me so the list is long; I spoke with ; former Springboks coach Peter De Villiers, cricketer Hamilton Masakadza, warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa, Mauritius champion jockey Derreck David and Zimbabwean champion jockey Quinton Riddle the list is long hey.
CBC: Is it hard to think up original ideas for articles, or have you just gotten used to the idea that there is a hundred people writing about something at any given time?
TSM: When you are doing something you love, it flows but every profession has its ups and downs, the important thing is to stay on the ball and I maintain that the best article is still to be written and my best TV or Radio interview is still to come.
CBC: What do you enjoy in the field of journalism as a whole?
TSM: I like serving and journalism allows me to do that and more through my love of words both spoken and written as well as the human interaction day in day out, as the saying goes earth’s great treasure lies in human personality. So every person is unique and I always learn a lot from my interactions.
CBC: Do you feel pressured to perform?
TSM: The media industry is very dynamic; the pressure is always there because all that I do whether its TV, Radio or news articles you get instant feedback and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The pressure brings the thrill of the task and it is a huge motivation.
CBC: What other forms of media have you been involved in so far in your career?
TSM: I’m doing sports for TV as a presenter, Radio news correspondent, and I have written articles for print and online so it’s been an interesting journey that still has more to come.
CBC: What made you fall in love with news?
TSM: Since my childhood I have always been fascinated by anything news; from newspapers, magazines to TV, radio etc and I love to keep people informed about their issues of interest as well as promoting local personalities.
CBC: Do you feel you have a responsibility to act as a role model?
TSM: I think everyone is a role model because we all have someone who looks up to us, so in that sense yes I have a responsibility to make the world a better place.
CBC: What is your maxim in life?
TSM: Honour God Love Mankind and remember to be you because there is no another you.