The journalists at Channel24 and Arts24 are often the envy of the newsroom. They get to interview celebrities and travel to Hollywood and London for world film premieres. These journalists know the value of the little black book. But it's not all glamour and red carpets. The team doesn't shy away from controversy and are not afraid to expose or criticise hypocrisy in the entertainment and arts industries. They are by far the loudest team in the office and have been moved to every outpost as other teams enviously protest how noisy they are.
The writing bug bit Leandra Engelbrecht after she wrote a creative piece in Grade 7, in which she spent a day as an ant. She was born and bred in Cape Town and has an Honour's degree in English from the University of the Western Cape and a BTech in Journalism from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Engelbrecht covers everything film and TV related. The most common question she gets asked is if she really watches that much TV - and the answer is, yes. Her mission is to convert as many people as possible to the world of K Dramas, one review at a time.
Nikita Coetzee got her first taste of entertainment reporting at the age of 19, and she's been hooked ever since. After obtaining a degree in journalism at the University of Johannesburg, she entered the industry as a freelancer, dedicating the rest of her time to her community of Eldorado Park. Her goal has always been to ensure that other young people have the same opportunities she had. She loves being part of an incredibly talented team, fulfilling her role as music editor at Channel24. In her down time you'll find her outdoors exploring nature, painting, boxing, or defending her title as undisputed game-night champion.
Zaza Hlalethwa is a queer arts and culture journalist at Arts24. Her interests in the arts stem from a need to demystify the elitist and complex looking art world, while her pop culture analyses look to facilitate critical thinking and challenge perpetuated social norms by using everyday references, multilingualism and prose. So far, feature writing has earned her a 2018 Sikuvile Commendation Award, as well as the 2019 Vodacom Regional Journalist of the Year Award.
From the British monarchy to Hollywood royalty, Bashiera Parker spills all the tea. Hailing from Cape Town, she studied photography at the Ruth Prowse School of Art, before getting a degree in Film, Media and Religious Studies, and Honour's in Media Theory and Practice at the University of Cape Town. She is Channel24's international and royal news editor. She loves making tea, cooking and baking; one day she hopes to write a cookbook and open her own coffee shop – that's the dream!
Herman Eloff is the lifestyle and entertainment editor of News24. He holds an Honour's degree in journalism from North West University. He loves writing about nature and adventure documentaries and what goes into making these fascinating and often dangerous content pieces. He recently interviewed National Geographic photographer Renan Ozturk about ascending Everest for the series Lost on Everest, spoke to Bear Grylls about his wildlife special Running wild, and virtually joined a crew of scientists in a bat cave in Mersin, Turkey where they are doing research about Covid-19 for the docu-special Virus Hunters. Eloff is a F1 superfan and big supporter of Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo since his Red Bull days. He's also proudly gay – something he shares openly to advocate for LGBTQI+ rights and equality.
Lindokuhle Nkosi is a feminist writer and editor, advocate from Johannesburg, whose textual work often merges with installation and performance. Interested in text, art and sonic narrative studies, she obtained a MA in Creative Writing from Rhodes University. She is the editor of Arts24.
Born and bred in Cape Town, Graye Morkel has always loved writing, and with an interest in pop culture and entertainment, she had big dreams of one day seeing her byline in the news. As local entertainment news editor (and unofficial pageant fanatic), her job ranges from interviewing A-listers and attending red carpet events, to celebrity commentary and movie reviews. When she's not sitting in front of her laptop, Morkel is knitting and watching re-runs of The Office – or you’ll find her at the craft supply store!