About GroundUp

GroundUp reports news that is in the public interest. We focus on social justice stories in vulnerable communities. We want our stories to make a difference.

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.

GroundUp started in April 2012 as a joint project of Community Media Trust and the University of Cape Town's Centre for Social Science Research.

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

We welcome high-quality submissions from freelancers. Read more.

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

These are our institutional funders and the amounts they give.

We make mistakes. When we do, we want to hear about it. Please report any factual errors in our news stories or opinion pieces by emailing editor@groundup.org.za.

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

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.

Please note though that we do not offer formal training on demand. Unfortunately if you request us to train you, we are likely to say no, because we simply don't have the resources.

Our physical and postal address, email address and telephone number are at the bottom of this page.

Our company, non-profit and VAT numbers are on our donation page.