Mail & Guardian appoints Ron Derby as new editor in chief

New blood at M&G, SAMIP members join global j-school cohort

Here are the latest updates from in and around the SAMIP family

M&G names Ron Derby as new editor-in-chief

The Mail & Guardian has appointed veteran business reporter Ron Derby as its next editor-in-chief, starting in May. Former broadcaster Redi Tlhabi was announced as a guest editor for the next, to support Derby’s transition in May.

Media Hack flying the flag at Newmark J-School

Laura Grant, co-founder of data journalism start-up Media Hack, is one of 25 journalists selected for the 2021 cohort of Newmark Graduate School of Journalism’s Product Immersion for Small Newsrooms programme. Ferial Hafajee, associate editor for Daily Maverick and a SAMIP community mentor, will also take part in the programme.

 

Explain.co.za video takes on Big Pharma

Verashni Pillay’s Explain.co.za recently reintroduced video explainers alongside The Wrap, its weekly email and WhatsApp news digest. As concern mounts about vaccine shortages in the global south, their recent explainer video on vaccine inequality received over 11,000 views.

Unpacking the inequality behind student protests

Sticking with growth in video content, the latest release from youth politics hub SMWX is a dialogue with public intellectual and economist Lebohang Pheko, looking at persistent inequalities shaping students protests and policing in South Africa.

DM168 expands circulation

Daily Maverick has announced a new circulation channel for its weekly print title. Daily Maverick 168 will now be available at Exclusive Books, as well as Pick n Pay, raising their weekly circulation to 34,000.

Hashtag Our Story is hiring

Mobile story agency Hashtag Our Stories is hiring ten full-time journalists to work across their four shows on Snapchat. Video experience is preferred, but not mandatory, and candidates can work remotely from anywhere in the world. Apply at work@hashtagourstories.com.