About Groundup

Journalism that makes a difference to people's lives
GroundUp is a community news organisation. We focus on social justice stories in vulnerable communities. We want our stories to make a difference. When we uncovered corruption at the Department of Home Affairs, the department investigated it. When we reported that the streetlights in Khayelitsha were broken, the City fixed them. We don't only want to report the world; we want to change it.

We value high-quality, ethical journalism. We are independent and do not promote any political party. Controversial news stories are fact-checked before they are published. We try to write in plain language. We also solicit and publish opinion pieces. We prefer opinion pieces that are fact-rich from people who work in the field about which they are writing. 

Who we are

Find out about GroundUp's staff, freelancers and technical advisory board.

Support our work

We are almost entirely supported by donations. Please consider donating to GroundUp. 


We make mistakes. When we do, we want to hear about it. Please report any factual errors in our news stories or opinion pieces using the Contact Form.

We strive to adhere to the press code and abide by decisions of the press ombudsman

Publish with us

We welcome submissions. Read more.

Journalist Training

An important part of our work is training. Several of our reporters used to be activists in social movements. They have joined GroundUp because they want to learn to become good journalists. We also recruit interns who are still at university.

GroundUp started in April 2012. It is a joint project of Community Media Trust and UCT's Centre for Social Science Research.


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