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.
When the facts are scarce, a sceptical reader must be persuaded that the inferences made are sound.
Underground journalists' colourful online version of Zambian politics cannot be silenced.
The Ombud speaks out on when the journalistic ideal of fairness is co-opted.
As under apartheid, the state broadcaster is still kowtowing to politicians it should be shunning.
Do requests to delete data lead to an 'internet with borders'? Ombud Franz Krüger explores.
The 2014 election has not felt like a historic moment and significant stories have been few, writes Franz Krüger.
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.