GLOBAL INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE 

‘People need to talk about their stress’

The Wits school of human and community development student council commemorated the Global Mental Health Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 10, to dispel the stigma around mental health within the student community.     The Wits school of human and...

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UCT won’t name Phakeng’s detractors

  The University of Cape Town (UCT) has refused to name the individuals behind smear emails directed at the university’s deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. This was in response to Wits Vuvuzela’s queries...

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Students left bewildered by Solomon Mahlangu non-event

STUDENTS GATHERED at the Senate House concourse on Tuesday afternoon to witness the unveiling of Solomon Mahlangu House’s plaque but were surprised to find a no show.   To further confuse students, no communication was issued to inform the general Wits community why...

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Witsie’s shine at global summit

TWO WITS students represented South Africa at the annual One Young World Summit hosted in Bogotá, Colombia last week. The annual summit brings together young talented leaders from 196 countries from global and national companies, NGOs and universities to debate, share...

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The Power of Social Network Analysis

Telling complex stories through visual and interactive methods is an important part of social network analysis, according to Brant Houston, co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. Houston walked the audience through the components involved in...

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“The ‘I’ in LGBTQI is not silent”

Intersexuality in Africa and the stereotypes and myths associated with the LGBQTI community By Kwandokuhle Njoli Intersexuality is often the orphan child when it comes to LGBQTI discussions that aim to eradicate the stereotypes that are associated with marginalised...

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The art of fundraising for investigations

A discussion on how journalists can entice donors to fund their investigations Investigative journalism is expensive and journalists may spend months working on a story, travelling around the world to speak to crucial sources and gathering information. A panel made up...

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Connecting the dots of state capture

The human consequences of state capture need to be communicated better in order for the discussion about state capture to be more accessible to ordinary people. This was one of the points raised at a discussion about media coverage of ‘State Capture in South Africa’...

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How to write an investigative multimedia story

Tips and tricks to producing appealing multimedia stories. By Nosipho Nyide In a fast paced digital world, multimedia journalists have found innovative ways to attract the audiences to their stories. Several international journalists shared these tips at the 10th...

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Getting a data state of mind

Journalists at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference speak about data journalism.  By Mfundo Knowledge Mthembu Data journalism is one that requires thorough skills, as not all journalism is investigative, according to Ron Nixon, Washington Correspondent for...

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Virtual reality: Changing the face of news

Journalists at GIJC 2017 explore telling stories through Virtual Reality at the Virtual Reality Meets Investigative Reporting session Darkness and silence consume your body before you are ‘transported’ from a familiar and safe environment to a small room with a heavy...

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China: A source of both corruption and development

Experts highlight the need for greater ‘cross-border collaboration’ when investigating China’s growing global influence By Ashley Seymour Journalists have been implored to work together when uncovering financial foul play from the rapidly-developing powerhouse that is...

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WITS NEWS

UCT won’t name Phakeng’s detractors

  The University of Cape Town (UCT) has refused to name the individuals behind smear emails directed at the university’s deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. This was in response to Wits Vuvuzela’s queries...

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Hundreds apply for 45 cleaning jobs

    Over 400 people turned up at the Braamfontein offices of the Gauteng department of public works on Monday October 9, to apply for 45 cleaning posts. The department had advertised the vacancies at Johannesburg’s courts a week earlier. “Public works is a...

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OPINION 

SLICE OF LIFE: Don’t ‘dis’ my ability

Kayla De Jesus Freitas speaks on her personal experiences being deaf, the struggles she has faced and her views on the way forward in society. I remember with such clarity sitting alone in an audiologist’s office in 2014. My unimpressed stare masked the sheer terror I...

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SLICE OF LIFE: Men, let’s check our privilege

Being aware of one’s privilege should not be viewed as a burden or source of guilt, but an opportunity to learn and work towards building a more inclusive society. This lesson has been engraved in me as I embark on my journey towards becoming a journalist. The...

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