Michelle Solomon

Multimedia journalist. Love me some controversy.
Location:South Africa


Michelle Solomon is doing her masters in journalism and media studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, where she also works as a freelance researcher and journalist. When she's not out sniffing for stories, she takes a particular interest in research about media ethics and self-regulation. Follow her on Twitter at @mishsolomon.
Free, responsible media is about public interest AND public trust

Media responsibility and public trust in the media are similar to the adage of the chicken and the egg. But it's not so much a question of which comes first, but rather that the one simply cannot exist without the other.

By Michelle Solomon 30 May 2011

The many reasons that ANC's Nceba Faku wants to burn down The Herald

Though South Africans have become accustomed to irrational, knee-jerk and often dangerous rhetoric from politicians of all persuasions, the ANC's regional boss in the volatile Eastern Cape metro of Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), Nceba Faku's apparent recent call to commit arson transcends most. It has now emerged that Faku, a former mayor, may have good reasons to want to see The Herald in ashes.

By Michelle Solomon 27 May 2011

Sunday Times and me, Part II: The Empire strikes back, sort of

More than a month ago, I submitted my first Promotion of Access to Information (PAI) Act application to make public the 2008 Sunday Times report by the Harber commission. On 3 May 2011, World Press Freedom Day, Avusa informed me my application had been denied. While I was not surprised, I remain puzzled.

By Michelle Solomon 13 May 2011

Sunday Times and me

As a young journalist, I am still struggling to understand why there is such a gap between what we, the media, preach and what we actually do and why it is considered so natural. Over the last few weeks, I embarked on a journey of discovery of what exactly happened to the Sunday Times 2008 report by Anton Harber and Co. This is my travelogue of the journey so far, a slightly Kafkaesque experience.

By Michelle Solomon 8 Apr 2011

Academics have their say at hearings, but public doesn't pitch

The Press Council public hearings resumed in Eastern Cape on Monday, 21 February 2011, where academics from Rhodes University made detailed submissions. Again ANC representatives failed to show face, despite being the loudest voices calling for press reforms. More worrying, however, was the failure of civil society members and the general public to attend hearings.

By Michelle Solomon 23 Feb 2011

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