Dog whistle politics: We need diverse newsrooms


A few weeks ago Shonda Rhimes tackled the term dog-whistle politics in an episode of Scandal. It’s when people in positions of influence, usually politicians and the media, use loaded and general terms to describe something but those terms are targeted at a specific audience and not the general population. So like a dog whistle,…

The power of one, the strength of many


The way you start a story is what determines whether your reader will continue reading it or switch off and move on to the next interesting thing. If I tell you right now that as I write this I am sitting on a plane to Durban for work and that I am in tears and…

Blogging blues


When I set out to start blogging I aimed to blog at least once bi-weekly. Then that changed to maybe once monthly. Now I don’t even know when last I blogged and it breaks my heart. The thing is I know exactly why it’s become more difficult for me to write freely. As a journalist…

A grey Thursday


The weather was symbolic of the kind of day I’ve had – grey and dull but full of promise. Full of promise because after the rain the sun has to come up right? I’ve been sitting in the office going through the footage I managed to get last night at the basketball game in Mandeville.…