IN-DEPTH: Day 2, Tuesday September 30 2014

Today started off with a short chat with the video mentor, Zaheer, about what we should try to do in our multimedia production. He mostly discussed the structure in which a story should be told, as well as talked about security while filming in Yeoville and how to approach people while filming and conducting interviews. We’re expected to have a story board ready on Monday.

Today I’m mostly concerned with finding sources and doing a fair amount of research in order to go in prepared. First step is finding characters, specifically informal traders from the area who can tell me their stories. This project is very much driven by human interest, so finding people an audience is interested in (and who can example the broader issues at play) is vital. Favour, a Masters student in the Journalism Department who actually lives in Yeoville, has been very helpful in this. He has agreed to introduce me to a couple of his friends that work as traders there when my group go into Yeoville tomorrow.

I’ve also been in contact with Edmund Elias, who is part of SANTRA (the South African National Traders Retail Alliance) for further information and contacts. I will wait a polite amount of time for him to respond before I call, because as much as I need sources, I think journalists also need to be more mindful that what we do is take from people (stories, information, contacts etc.) and we need to be respectful when doing so.

Sent an e-mail to Ruth, my mentor, because I’m still struggling to hone in on a clear focus for my story. I really want to have a clear idea of what I want and need as soon as possible, because that will mean I will be working smarter and faster for the rest of this project.

I will spend the rest of the day reading up information around trading – I’ve found a few write-ups, reports and the local by-laws of Johannesburg that I really want to get through for a clear background on the issues (and how they have so far been talked about). Also starting to build up a contact list of potentially relevant sources for future use.


About robykirk

Robyn was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, still isn't dead and despises writing in the third person. She received her undergraduate degree at Rhodes University, having completed a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, History and Journalism at the end of 2013 and completed her Honours in Journalism (career entry) at Wits University in Johannesburg during 2014. From April 2015 until March 2016 she worked as the Communications Intern for the MRC/Wits Agincourt Research unit in rural Mpumalanga. This blog is a collection of the work produced: - for the Wits University student newspaper and website Wits Vuvuzela during 2014 - during her internship at MRC/WIts Agincourt Research Unit (2015/2016) and independent blogging (2014-present). Robyn is interested in everything besides sports and mean people. In the past she has specialised in photojournalism and television journalism, and considers visual media to be one of her strongest skills. She decided to become a journalist because learning about other people’s lives was more fun than putting on pants and having her own. Follow her on Twitter: @RobyKirk

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