Je suis…

My name is Jacqueline Bischof**.

… and a lot has changed since I started this blog!

I started blogging in 2007 as a requirement for my online journalism course at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. At the time I was living in Melville, a beautiful artsy suburb about ten minutes away from the Jo’burg’s central business district. I love Johannesburg with all my heart … because it has heart.

Two years later I find myself living and loving in New York City – a city that I have tried to explore as much as I have explored Johannesburg.

I have finished (and barely survived) my Master’s in Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and I am now navigating a terrible job market and the terrible immigrant limbo of deciding what city to live in.

This blog is a collection of musings on what it is like to live and work as a South African in New York. If you look at older posts, you will see my thoughts on living in Johannesburg. The blog may strike you as an odd and disorganised series of images and text…but it is merely a reflection of life in two amazing cities – the small things I pick up and see on the way.

In the next few months, I will be using this blog as a way to update my family and friends about life in NY City, and most likely moaning about how much I miss home.

Feel free to post comments and ask questions.

Older posts are aimed at readers who have never been to Johannesburg, and want to see the perfect and imperfect side of the city. (For the perfect side, please visit

You’ll often hear me refer to Johannesburg with names such as Jozi, City of Gold, Jo’burg, Joburg, or the ‘Crime Capital of the World’ (this last name rarely, but when I encounter or read about crime, probably). At all times know that this is a growing city, full of contradictions and idiosyncrasies.

New York / Jo’burg. I am privileged to write about you both.

**Not Jacklyn, as the Americans prefer, or Jacqleen, as the French say, but Jac-kwa-leen – the random pronunciation I chose when I was five. Personally, I prefer Jax.


8 Responses to “Je suis…”

  1. patrick March 26, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    hi jacqueline,

    i am a french news reporter working for TF1, the first private one in Paris. By the way, i am from cameroonian origin. So i am planning to visit jozi in may and would like many information about melville and the media district, i am looking for some nice office to be rent there for a french speaking tv news agency…hope to here from you soon bye

  2. jax June 27, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Patrick …

    Feel free to send me an e-mail with questions, sorry it’s taken me so long to reply!
    Sure you’ll love it there … one of my greatest friends is a guy from cameroon who also lived in Melville for a while. Now he’s working for Reuters in London. He really liked it here.

  3. raph August 4, 2008 at 12:26 am #

    hey liebes.

    hope u get there well and save..

    denk an dich.


  4. Jacqueline Bischof from germany August 26, 2008 at 6:31 pm #

    you have stolen my name :’D

  5. lethabo October 25, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    hey jax, must say the city of joburg is lovely don’t you think?

    • jax October 28, 2009 at 3:38 pm #

      It is great Lethabo, I agree!

  6. Pat January 30, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    Hey Jackie love ur blog. Would love to meet you and practice sign language and discuss your writing. Be in touch!

  7. Gina Hull October 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    Hi Jax – I was educated at St. Catherine’s Convent in Germiston until matric in 1962. During that time I got to know your mother Faith, your father Anton and your aunt Susan. I was researching St. Catherine’s history when I stumbled on your name and just could not resist contacting you – I hope this is not an imposition. My husband and I, immigrated to Canada in 1977, with our son and daughter, and we are now living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Please pass on my kind regards to your Mom and Dad from this“blast from the past“. I hope they are well.

    Gina Hull (formerly Luigina)

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