INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM EVIDENT AT THE 11TH POWER REPORTING CONFERENCE
By: Nosipho Ntombela
Journalists from all over Africa and across the continent gathered at the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg where they attended the Annual Power Reporting
Investigating Journalism Conference.
Featured in the conference was the 4th annual Carlos Cardoso’s memorial lecture.
Cardoso was a journalist that was assassinated in the streets of Maputo in the year 2000, while investigating a massive political and financial fraud.
His lecture was delivered by Bheki Makhubo, a journalist of 27 years, and a columnist and editor-in-chief of The Nation, considered the sole independent newspaper in Swaziland.
Amongst the speakers was also Jonathan Calvert, a current editor of the Insight investigations team at The Sunday Times in the UK, of which is a position he has held for more than nine
Calvert has had a hand in the recent investigation into corruption involved in Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
He also gave a presentation on FIFA’s dirty dealings.
“We hope that you took home new knowledge, tools and ideas that will help you in your work as a journalist. We also hope this conference gave you a new network and maybe even
opportunities to collaborate,” said Elles van Gelder, conference programmer at the journalism department, at Wits.
Goodwill Thomo, a photojournalist at Khanyisa Newspaper, said that he has gained a lot by attending the conference.
“The conference offered wide variety of skills and prepared us for predicaments that we will experience while doing what we are passionate about. As a young multitalented, new kid on
the blog, it has sharpened my skills and gave me courage to further my studies in this industry,” said Thomo.
He added that given the opportunity, he will not hesitate to attend the next conference.