On Steve, Julius and the Christchurch murders: Why we need to talk about hate speech

2019-05-06 08:31

Perpetrators of hate speech and hate crimes have for far too long had unrestricted media channels to spew their hatred. But should the message, even though highly offensive, be sanitised so that it does not harm, asks George Claassen.

Ferial Haffajee: Has Vodacom lost its marbles?

2018-12-06 12:51

Vodacom may have lost its marbles - and she may have too, says Ferial Haffajee.

Ruth First Memorial Lecture: Journalism suffers crisis of quality and credibility

2018-10-19 16:27

Journalists have stopped looking. We have stopped looking up from our smartphones when we report on something. In doing this we miss the detail which elevates our story-telling, writes Niren Tosli.

Billionaires buying up media: Saviour complex or civic duty?

2018-09-25 18:30

For beleaguered news organisations the prospect of a deep-pocketed saviour, perhaps from the same tech industry that was instrumental in sending print media toward its current downward spiral, is all but irresistible.

This South African couple travels the world for a living

2018-05-26 09:04

Yusuf Omar and his wife Sumaiya spent the last eight months travelling to over 40 countries on four continents, teaching media companies how to do mobile journalism.

IN FOCUS | Jeremy Thompson: 'I'm never surprised at anything that ever happens here'

2018-03-05 11:50

Perhaps it's his booming voice or intimidating physique, but when Jeremy Thompson speaks, people tend to listen. Alet Janse van Rensburg speaks to the veteran broadcast journalist about the highlights of his career.

Inside Labour: Hope as we confront the mire of 2018

2018-01-12 10:31

Terry Bell writes on the importance of media freedom, while at the same time ensuring media is not distorting facts or pushing agendas, in the interests of democracy.

City Press writer wins media gong

2017-11-26 05:59

City Press sports columnist Simnikiwe Xabanisa waltzed away with the sports columnist of the year gong at the 37th Annual SAB Sports Media Awards.

On the beat makes all the difference

2017-09-17 06:06

As a rookie reporter in The Star newsroom in Joburg in the late 1980s, I found it was not the end of the world to be sent on an assignment out of town, only to find it was a nonstory, writes Janet Heard..

Here’s to those who won’t be silenced

2017-07-09 07:18

Journalists are a diverse bunch, motivated by an old-fashioned desire to muckrake, without fear or favour. And they won’t be silenced, writes Janet Heard..


INSIDE LABOUR: Words as weapons and flawed democracy

2019-05-03 11:33

Words have the power to create illusions of reality and can trigger emotional responses rather than encourage critical thought,. They should be used wisely, says Terry Bell.

From Trump to Mboweni, it's hands off the media!

2018-11-14 08:23

Politicians need to make peace with the fact that journalists cannot and must not report only about the good and nice side of politicians and politics, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The rocks of rumour threatening journalism

2018-10-03 14:12

How do the media navigate the treacherous waters where fake news abounds and many angry social media users regularly spew defamatory remarks as if they were the truth? asks George Claassen.

Editorial independence is sacrosanct - Esmaré Weideman

2018-09-10 12:21

Esmaré Weideman, 56, is the iron fist in the velvet glove who has been running South Africa's biggest media company for the past eight years. She retires after 33 years in the business.

Fake news and the natural selection of ignorance

2018-03-23 08:08

A decade after the multiple award-winning British journalist Nick Davies warned that the mass media are acting more like a global village idiot, highly ignorant and easily taken for a ride, fake news has become a common phenomenon, writes George Claassen.

The Press Council’s report to the nation

2018-02-04 00:00

The bona fides of the co-regulation system have been largely accepted, but the ANC is still pushing ahead with an appeals tribunal, writes Joe Thloloe.

Investigative journalism gets financial boost at Golden Globes

2018-01-09 13:16

The global investigative journalism outfit that broke Panama Papers story was awarded a $1m grant.

Where are our scholar-journalists?

2017-10-22 06:07

Forty years ago this week, I left South Africa for exile in Lesotho. I was then a celebrated young journalist who had courageously covered the 1976 Soweto uprisings and the subsequent upheavals, arrests and killings, writes Duma Ndlovu.

Three investigative journalists shed light on the shady middlemen profiting from the country's criminal economy

2017-09-13 12:46

As part of this year’s Open Book Festival in Cape Town, Hennie van Vuuren sat down with three investigative journalists to talk about gun smuggling, self-enrichment in the social grants system, diamond miners and apartheid era bankers.

Support for media freedom is more important than ever

2017-06-22 08:02

South African companies that contribute to media development and freedom deserve accolades for investing in the future of the country’s democratic project, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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