Franz Krüger is adjunct professor and director of the Wits Radio Academy. He is also the ombud for the Mail & Guardian, a member of the South African Press Appeals Panel and the editor of www.journalism.co.za. His book Black, white and grey: journalism ethics in South Africa was published in 2004, while a second title, The Radio Journalism Toolkit, was published in 2006. He is a journalist of some 25 years’ experience and has worked in print and broadcasting in South Africa, Namibia and the UK. Krüger set up the alternative East Cape News Agencies in the 80s and was part of the first management team of the democratic era at the SABC.
The murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has provided a stark depiction of how the media landscape is changing under our feet.
There are two truths about native ads: money for journalism has to come from somewhere, and credibility is important for individuals and business.
A careful telling of media stories is essential for ensuring that the people involved have a fair voice.
The publication of the draft Nkandla report was justified – despite the attendant risks, writes Franz Krüger.
Calling Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti a "political prisoner" or the DA's Mmusi Maimane "Obama" affects their legitimacy, writes Franz Krüger.
Balance isn't enough when writing comment and opinion pieces, says Franz Krüger. Competing views have to be lucid and fresh.
The numbers have stories to tell about South Africa's crime rates, for those who are prepared to extract meaning from statistics, says Franz Krüger.
A few weeks ago the Mail & Guardian published a report that put Minister of Finance Gordhan in a bad light. Some important elements were left out.
For all the fuss around the Press Council of South Africa in the recent past, its rulings attract regrettably little attention.
With terrible predictability the beginning of South Africa's winter brings with it another batch of circumcision-related deaths.