Raymond Joseph is a freelance journalist and journalism trainer. He is the former head of the media programme and the Data Journalism Academy at Code for South Africa, a Cape Town-based civic tech NPO that uses data and technology to drive social change. Joseph is a former Knight International Journalism Fellow with the International Center for Journalists, and he is a veteran of South African print newsrooms. Over his career as a journalist, which has spanned almost 45 years, he has worked in senior editorial executive positions on a wide variety of daily and weekly national and regional publications.
He has established himself as the “go to guy” for large southern African media companies needing to fix under-performing newsrooms and news desks, or refocus their editorial/content strategies. He has also consulted widely on media start-ups for both large and small community media.
Although he has ink running through his veins, Joseph has embraced the changes in journalism and made the transition from print-only to working across multiple platforms on digital and data-driven storytelling. He is one of the founders and an Exco member of Hacks and Hackers Cape Town, part of a worldwide movement that facilitates collaboration between journalists and techies.
Part of his role at Code for South Africa was to bring journalistic insight to the tools Code4SA and others have developed, and to help embed a culture of data-driven storytelling in South African newsrooms.
Joseph is an experienced media strategist and journalism trainer. One of his specialties is social media and online content verification, and the use of Twitter and other social media platforms as journalism tools.
He is involved with GroundSource, a tool designed to tap into communities with access only to “dumb phones” and is helping pilot its use in African newsrooms.