Fake news and yellow journalism has undoubtedly become the new norm. From false reports and fake missing friends, to photo-shopped images, government scandals and sensationalism, this scourge has organisations and news outlets fighting for their credibility...
So if adamantly refusing to answer questions from journalists and blaming the media for an unfolding social crisis counts as a press conference, then the whole notion of press briefings is nothing short of a cruel joke...
It's no easy task to put the crazy trajectory of over three decades in journalism down on paper - let alone to make sense of it all. Save to say that apart from a few well-meaning 'tweaks' here and there, I would have had it no other way...
It struck me as I was eating my Shakshoukah for breakfast - a tasty Lebanese twist on our rather dull scrambled eggs - that Lebanon, not unlike South Africa, may boast loudly about its free press, but their newspapers aren't much more than 'viewspapers'...
On the eve before the world's TV cameras will be allowed for the first time into a courtroom to televise the trial of legendary Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, a dubiously innocuous marketing tactic on the part of a Cape Town bakery was called publicly into question.
Janine Lazarus 4 Mar 2014
Isn't it astonishing how the closer we get to elections, the closer our politicians become to their ancestors? In fact, judging by the way they are mouthing off in the media, I'm almost convinced that they have a hotline to wherever it is that these all-knowing spirits may gather.
While the nation holds its collective breath over Nelson Mandela's tenuous hold onto life, our emotions pitching along with each exhausting medical update, we needed the light relief provided by the political party mudslinging that also took dubious centre stage.
I recently received a petition calling for the review of the Secrecy Bill. I didn't need to read any further before adding my name - and a strong comment - to the spiraling number of citizens of this country who are entirely against a Bill that threatens fundamental rights like the freedom of speech.
Janine Lazarus 24 May 2013
I don't know if, like me, you need to abscond from the daily grind of work, traffic, political upheaval and questionable government service delivery with the odd television fix. Maybe your poison falls more along the lines of late afternoon family soapies, the more cerebral documentaries, or even the never-ending slapstick comedy fare that that our state broadcaster churns out like a sausage machine.
Janine Lazarus 3 Dec 2012
I am hopelessly infatuated with news. It's been a 28-year tempestuous love affair and one that I don't think I will ever get over. Captivating headlines, startling images and spicy stories leave me all at once breathless and adrenalised, infuriated and heartbroken. And I wouldn't swop these highs and lows for the world. I'd feel so much poorer without the rush.
Janine Lazarus 13 Nov 2012