You’d have to be insane to invest in interactive storytelling in South Africa. Web staff and new digital journalists need special skills; multimedia storytelling is time consuming and expensive; and – in an environment where online ad revenue and local connectivity is relatively low – returns (financial or users) are hardly guaranteed.
But the Daily Dispatch of East London is crazy. Like a fox – crazy.
Three cheers and more for Andrew Trench for the yellow ribbon of press freedom.
He's deputy editor of the Daily Dispatch and leader of their investigative team, and he's speaking at a Rhodes commemoration of National Press Freedom Day on Friday 19th.
I'll be in Joburg at an SABC-SANEF seminar talking about media freedom in the context of balancing rights (dignity and privacy, on one hand VS free speech on the other).