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.
Journalists must be ever aware of the need for fairness and accuracy, but regulation is anathema.
The way the M&G handled a review of apartheid spy Olivia Forsyth's book has triggered angry questions about patriarchal attitudes in the newsroom.
In the small space between generally accepted truths and contentious issues, editors need sufficient critical distance.
The newspaper erred in turning a suggestion made at an ANC workshop into a party decision.
Drawn by romance and remoteness, a family embarks on a holiday to St Helena.
A journalism of conversation is a responsibility to the quality and inclusiveness of the debates that ripple across society.
The biggest challenge of an online presence is that material on the web remains there forever.
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.