Twenty students from across the country worked with a Wits Vuvuzela team to cover the 14th annual African Investigative Journalism Conference at the university. Thabiso Goba was one of them.
Not all journalism students are lucky enough to get a front page byline and a private, in-person interview with the National Geographic Storytelling Grants Program Officer on their first internship. Internships in journalism are so competitive in the United States, that finding an unpaid one doesn’t ensure that you will actually grow as a writer and as a critical thinker. These “fetching coffee” internships don’t send writers out ready to write on their own; after going through Roving Reporters training
In celebration of Joel Burton’s birthday earlier this week, we share the story the landed his first byline in print: a profile of Brad Weare – the real deal in longboard surfing. Joel subsequently served a six month internship with Roving Reporters as part of the required work-integrated learning component of his studies toward a Diploma in Journalism. Joel played a key role in in two cutting edge investigative journalism assignments, sponsored by the Taco Kuiper Trust. The Tale of Two
Ten years ago, Durban University of Technology final year journalism students serving internships at Roving Reporters, began preparing for an epic Taco Kuiper Trust sponsored investigation: The Turtle Butcher. The investigation aimed to document the life of then 54-year-old, Makotikoti Zikhali, who had earlier in year been sentenced to five years in jail for killing an endangered loggerhead turtle in the Kosi Bay area of iSimangaliso World Heritage site. The area is one of the last remaining loggerhead turtle breeding sites in the
In his blog this week, which tracks his experiences as a Roving Reporters intern, Thabiso Goba grapples with some big philosophical issues and the role of the journalist in a post-truth wold.
Time flies at Roving Reporters and I cannot believe barely a month has passed since I started my internship, writes Thabiso Goba in his first training blog.