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An about turn on Twitter

6 Dec

I’m happy to say that the Twitter profile is thriving, and I’ve had a lot of fun maintaining it. As jocoza is for a very niche audience (news and analysis for journalists in Southern Africa) the number of users can be low but the quality of conversation and exchange is relevant and lively.

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Power Reporting: The African Investigative Conference

27 Oct

My latest project for Wits Journalism has involved setting up a blog and Twitter account for the Power Reporting conference taking place from Nov 1 to Nov 3 at Wits University.

I managed to find a great free design on WordPress (yay for free blogging platforms!) and have had fun filling it with content … not so much chasing down people to submit content! I’m also getting more and more into the potential of Twitter and have started using it more frequently to send out notices and info for jocoza (@Journ_SA) and now for the conference (@PowerReporting). The accounts have different purposes, which makes tweeting interesting. Jocoza’s Twitter feed is more about the latest news and analysis pieces on the site, awards and opportunities and information sharing and gathering, while Power Reporting is obviously tied to the event and the tweets are more really more light in content and fleeting. It changes the way you tweet as well as the general flow of information shared, depending on the goal of the account.

It’s been quite a bit of fun and the next project will be doing something similar for the Wits Justice Project … this will also have a unique twist on it because it is a reporting project with long-term assignments that will need updates. There’s a lot of potential for multimedia in the assignments (audio slideshows, videos etc) and it should be interesting getting that content.

Why aren’t there more hours in the day?!

German fans celebrate in Johannesburg

6 Jul

My latest post for The New York Times ‘Goal’ blog was from the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg, during Germany’s 4-0 win over Argentina.

German Community in Jo’burg Delights in Team’s Performance

Some pics from the day:

German fans celebrate their team's 4-0 win over Argentina

A little boy peeks over a foosball table (the regular man's football pitch during the WC, they're scattered all over malls and centres in Johannesburg) in "The Trailer Park" installation at the Goethe Institute

A faux-seaside setting with pimped out trailers provides an innovative setting for the public to watch the football

Sadly I’ll miss the next major exhibition by the Institute, “X Homes,” which will have 14 international and local artists guiding participants through houses in Kliptown and Hillbrow, exposing them at 8-minute intervals to performances pieces or works of art. The aim of the exhibition is to counter the perception of the area as places of high crime; to expose people to the more positive aspects of the area, such as the four star hotel in Kliptown.

For South Africa, a Different Holiday

17 Jun

My post on Bafana Bafana’s match with Uruguay falling on Youth Day, a public holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the Soweto uprising, was published in The New York Times Goal soccer blog yesterday. To my great happiness, it was also featured on the home page of the International News section!

Healing a Diverse Nation

19 Nov

Samson Mvubu picks up samples of a plant and rolls them around in his hand. He talks with confidence about the role of traditional healers in modern society as he shows off his medicinal wares.

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Movie review: Das Leben der Anderen

1 Nov


For many in the eighties, watching news about East Germany was as much about voyeurism as it was about politics. The new country’s tireless adherence to the rigid ideals of communism, its paranoia, and its rise and inevitable fall were a source of morbid fascination for TV audiences. (Photo coutesy of

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Travel feature: Montreux Jazz Festival

1 Nov


For forty years now, a quiet war has been waged on the cobble-stoned streets of Montreux Switzerland. Those to whom Montreux belongs – the residents and puritan archivists of Swiss culture and history – have been in battle with the new Swiss generation, those who slowly want to drag the city into the 21st Century. (Poster courtesy of

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