About Groundup

We are a news reporting project. We mainly report stories relevant to social justice from South Africa's townships and immigrant communities. Many of our stories are about health --especially HIV, TB and sanitation--, education, women's rights and immigrant's rights. Township life in South Africa is underreported in the news; we want to change that. We hope our reporting will help address some of the problems of accountability and service delivery in South Africa. 

At GroundUp 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. 

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

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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