Football Fringes

11 Jun

The spirit is everywhere, especially on the roads!

Squirreled away in the media centre in Eldorado Park, I haven’t really been able to experience much of the excitement around the 2010 FIFA World Cup directly, but even from a distance the excitement is infectious. Today is the opening ceremony and match between South Africa and Mexico and I woke up to the sounds of vuvuzelas at around 6am this morning. On the way to Soccer City I passed fans with meticulously decorated cars and wide smiles on their faces  making their way to the game – five hours early!

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It’s an Interesting World: 6

3 Jun

Quote of the week: “I just feel, I’m free. When the birds sing, when the nature is making some beautiful noise. You can rest and think and just feel free and happy” — participant in the Beyond Expectations project on a hike through Table Mountain.

The project takes young kids on nature trips, providing them with a temporary escape from their troubled circumstances.  Learn more about the project on their website, Beyond Expectations, and watch the kids experience the not-for-sissies hike up Table Mountain in a film produced by Butterfly Films. They have a number of other fantastic short films worth watching.

I would never want to be on this site: MediaFail collects user-submitted suggestions of wide-ranging failures by the press, and was cited by The New York Times media blog, Media Decoder as allowing users to “give a virtual thumbs-up (or in this case, thumbs-down) to external articles and videos. Users can add links to articles and leave comments, but most just vote.” The site is run by Washington D.C.-based activist group Free Press.

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Fast bytes

19 May

I’ve been lucky enough to have two pieces published this month:

A feature on women’s soccer in South Africa for Women’s eNews:

South Africa’s Women Soccer Readies for Fall Games

And an opinion piece on the level of digital media participation by people in developing countries with limited Internet access or expensive bandwidth, kindly hosted by my boss, Dean Wright, at his blog Full Disclosure.

Local takes on a global media revolution

It’s been a year since I graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism – it’s sad to me how fast time goes, but my spirits are lifted by the truly incredible work of this year’s graduates, including this touching multimedia project on cochlear implants for young deaf or hard-of-hearing children.

Some of my favourite digital media pieces for the week include Poynter’s fantastic graphic on “200 Moments that Transformed Journalism, 2000-2009.” Read more about the development of the graphic here.

More soon, those are my fast bytes for the week!


It’s an Interesting World: 5

19 Apr
Home Sweet Home on the Lower East Side - money on a bar, is this a sign the recession is over?!

Money on a bar - is this a sign the recession is over?! (Home Sweet Home, Lower East Side)

Quote of the week:

Don’t touch me on my studio! – eTV anchor Chris Maroleng warns AWB secretary-general Andre Visagie, on air, to back off … on his studio.

I am quite in love with a recent article by Trevor Butterworth published in Forbes, that discusses “How Twitter and ‘The New Yorker’ can be best friends.” In Bridging the Gap, Butterworth, who at one stage viewed blogging as a disastrous medium for long-form writers, now views Twitter as a useful service for writers:If you tailor who you follow to what you want to find out, you have a powerful, human algorithm for interrogating the mass of musings deposited on the Web each day; and if you get followed, you have, potentially, a powerful tool for depositing your own work into the narrative stream.”

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It’s an Interesting World: 4

17 Dec

In two days I’ll be winging my way to South Africa, and I just can’t tell you how excited I am. I’m trying to get a million things done before the flight, and one thing I made sure was high up on the list – next to seeing people – was seeing the Rockefeller tree, all lit up and beautiful!

Rockefeller Christmas tree - a thing of beauty!

It’s flippin’ huge, as you can see. I can’t believe the year is drawing to an end already, it’s mind-boggling how fast it’s gone. So much has happened that it’s hard to reflect on what’s been gained or lost in the last 12 months.

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It’s an Interesting World: 3

12 Nov

Video of the week: Fox News was greatly offended by Sesame Street’s depiction of fictitious news organization “Pox News”, somehow implying that Fox, it well, I don’t know, is an infectious disease? Sensitive much since the Obama Administration shut-out? On Romenesko, Sesame Street responds: “The whole segment was a parody of CNN (called GNN) or the ‘Grouch News Network.’ Children who watch Sesame Street know that Oscar the Grouch is a contrarian. He lives in a trash can and loves everything ‘yucky,’ and ‘disgustin.’ For a Grouch, ‘Trashy’ is high praise! Not only would child-viewers be unlikely to connect ‘Pox News’ to Fox News, in the context of this scene, they would understand the characters to be saying that ‘Pox News’ is better than ‘GNN.'”

Personally, I’m a HUGE fan of GNN!!

Speaking of contrarians and grouchy grouches:

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VOTE: Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman try South African accents

30 Oct

Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, how do they fare?

We’ve seen some really bad attempts at South African accents over the last few years. My worst memory was Val Kilmer, pretending to be a South African artist in The Saint. Turning to his lady love in a flouncy shirt, he looks at her with great intensity and says, quite quietly: “Jussus.” That’s like Daniel Craig as James Bond turning to a hot actress and going: “O.M.G.” – it’s out of context in the worst way possible. (I might get killed for comparing Craig to Kilmer, but it’s late at night, okay?!

I am pleasantly surprised by the attempts at South African accents in the new film ‘Invictus’, which tells the story of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted by South Africa as it simultaneously struggled to emerge from the deep and very dark shadows of apartheid. Many South Africans considered it to be a uniting event – helped by our win of course. Mat Damon plays blond-haired affable rugby captain Francois Pienaar. Morgan Freedman plays – you guessed it – Mandela. Damon’s accent sounds spot on to my ears, and I want to hug him for it. It makes me so happy! AND it’s directed by Clint Eastwood. I have high hopes for this flick.

Vote and feel free to comment and share your worst experience of a South African accent on the big screen!