Roeland runs these streets.

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See this an invite to a street filled with life, an experience into a street like no other. I am speaking Roeland Street, just outside Cape Town’s central business district. It is only right that one is well aware of what they could be missing out on. Roeland is filled with variety, think of some..yes, you probably do find what you just thought about in Roeland. Schools, government buildings, restaurants and many other commercial shops. So basically there is nothing Roeland doesn’t offer, except a beach of course. It is also quite an easy street to find, even if you’re someone without a car then worry not because we have a local buses, MyCiti cuts right through it and we have the Sigh Seeing bus operating with a route that travels in Roeland. So making your way around and to Roeland shouldn’t be a hassle.

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Starting from upper Roeland, making your from the N2 into Cape Town you’ll be greeted a the Cape Town Central Fire Station. It is hard not to notice the building as it takes up a large amount of space and of course, it is painted in a lively color and with red bricks which is another reason for its eye-grabbing ways. One can see the view of the famous Table Mountain right behind this building which makes it even more of a site to see. However, that is only the beginning of great things to see.

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Cape Town Central Fire station in Roeland.

When you carry on your way down Roeland you’ll find academic buildings. The first one being the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Roeland Campus which you’ll find journalism, public relations and photography students. Also. there is a high school named Harold Cressy in the same and further down the street, there is Varsity College. This reflects Roeland as not only just a business street. This is a very youthful street due to these schooling premises and also the type of things that the street offers.

You don’t need to switch into another street just to grab something to eat, Roeland has a variety of eateries. If you wanna grab a quick muffin and some coffee on the run then you can easily make your way to Barista Cup Coffee. It is right next to the CPUT Roeland campus. Also, there is Vida e Caffe which offers such a great deal of eatery and beverages. If you go further down there is also a Chinese food restaurant called Franchise 9, it’s a great spot for those who are into sushi, prawns, etc.

Do you like adrenaline? Then I’m quite sure that the Mike Hopkins Motorcycles will interest you. Mike Hopkins Motorcycles is a stockist of Kawasaki and Triumph motorcycles and Sym scooters and its based in Cape Town, South Africa. With a rich heritage it has been in operation since 1978, offering the market over three decades of superior quality motorcycles, clothing, helmets and accessories, as well as quality repairs and services.

“I’ve been here for a while now and this is my third year on this street. It’s a pretty chilled street and it’s calming. Also, everything is here like me and my friends can go down the road to get something to eat and it’s not even far. Or, we just cross the road to get some snacks here at the Engen garage. I love it here man, main campus gets too much and Roeland is just so refreshing, if you get what I mean hahaha.”

 

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St. Mary’s Cathedral, Roeland street.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, fully known as The Cathedral of St Mary of the Flight into Egypt is a Roman catholic church within the street. It has a beautiful, classic and tall building at lower Roeland. One can make their way to it, even if you won’t be attending it’s still a good sight to see. It is a tall beige-like structure with bits of red and it open to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right down Roeland there is Parliarment, South Africa’s national key point. You will be greeted by a statue of P.W. Botha, who was president from 1978 to 1989 under the apartheid era. The statue is a reflection of South Africa’s history and for more information; people can visit the Iziko South African Museum in 25 Queen Victoria Street, right next to Parliament. As well as the Iziko Slave Lodge in Wale Street.

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P.W. Botha statue facing Roeland

What happens next Gunners?

 

Following Arsenal’s horrendous display at the Allianz Arena in Munich; it is safe to say that the side needs serious intervention. The club lost 5 goals to 1 with that result equaling their heavy Uefa Champions League defeat to the same side just two years ago. Who is to blame? Is it Arsenal’s management? Is it Wenger? Is it the players? Surely someone has to take the fall for this.

 

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Arsenal players showing no fight in them.

 

Arsenal may be wishing that they could put that night’s woes behind their backs as soon as possible however it is fair that we as football lovers have their 2 cents regarding the matter. What went wrong? Everything! There is certainly a handful of issues to scrutinize:

Arsene Wenger.

The manager has been at the helm for 20 years and has not won a major title in 13 years. There have been so many calls for him to leave the club but the Frenchman seems resolute. I believe that Arsene is a very good coach, he is highly capable of winning titles as we’ve previously seen but that’s just not happening right now. I think it is absolutely unfair that he remains at the club while constantly brings disappointment to the side. Arsene clearly has no solutions to club’s problems. He has failed to make it past the last 16 in 7 years, that is a terrible statistic for a side like Arsenal. I believe that Arsenal has been heavily bonded with Wenger and that has now instilled fear of change.

The players.

Going into the halftime break with the score being tied; the players walked down the tunnel in high spirit and confident. just 8 minutes into the second half they conceded a goal and the rest is history. What was disappointing to see was a bunch of professionals walking with their heads down with no fight in them. The players lacked character and leadership. One would expect Alexis Sanchez to get up and fight but he simply couldn’t. Mesut Ozil showed what was possibly the worst performance of his career however that wasn’t the least expected thing from him after being known for not playing well in big games. The players had no drive whatsoever and they showed no real intent to come out will a result. Their mentality was so poor, ambitionless.

Mesut Ozil

Ozil is a world-class player, everyone is well aware of his technical ability and the threat he possess but on the night I saw an Ozil that’s dead inside. Yes, he walked and failed to press however I do believe that the criticism has been too harsh. His agent believes it is not fair to single out Ozil out of the 11 that were fielded and that he is being used as a “scapegoat” for the defeat. I agree, one simply cannot bash him alone for that. Ozil’s body language has always been that way even when he’s playing his best football, it is the way he perceives himself. The issue of him not showing up in big games is also arguable because if you look at Arsenal in big games; they also do not come out tops really. Mustafi was horrible in that game too, Oxlade-Chamberlain fumbled but where were the critics to point out that? Yes, Mesut is having a terrible run of form but it is harsh to pinpoint him to Arsenal’s woes. Such behavior from the supporters could see him not renewing his contract with the club.

Arsenal needs change. They need to seal deals with Alexis and Ozil which will attract other world-class players in the summer transfer window. From there onwards they can build and hopefully a major title will be headed to the Emirates. Also, they must sack Wenger and bring in a new manager who does not necessarily have to bring instant change.The question on whether who would be a good replacement is a topic for another day.

 

Numbers, stats, graphs and figures to create news.

Now you’re a journalist; you’re in the newsroom thinking and planning your next story and then suddenly your editor hands you a document filled with numbers, statistics rather and says “Give me a story”. You’re are to produce a story on stats, that’s data journalism right there! It is creating content out of statistics, graphs, analysis, and even pundit’s opinions. Journalists do not really need to be always going out there, chasing stories and making calls. Data journalism is much more laid-back than the other forms of journalism.

Sports and business reporting are the most common examples of data journalism. Data journalism requires a lot of time and many skills; so many parties could be involved in this namely;  journalists, researchers, statisticians, information designers, data and text analysts, information visualisation specialists and web developers even, because of data in the modern world being strictly computer-oriented.

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Raw data which is the formulated into great articles and reports.

Think of data-driven journalism in sport, soccer maybe. Let’s say there has been reports constantly criticising Mesut Ozil‘s performances for Arsenal, right? Now the English Premier League captures statistics of players, through data-driven journalism I as a journalist would then have a look at his recent performances in comparison to previous performances that were considered good. I would have to sit with the data, read and understand it, analyse the data and finally communicate the data. At the end of it all, data-driven journalism would’ve have enabled me to write an article that refutes the criticism against Ozil’s performances of late. That’s the beauty of it, it depicts facts.

In the business side of things; I guess we’ve all noticed that in every news bulletin there is a business news section. How do you think all those numbers, commodities, figures, financial projections, etc come about? Simple, data journalism! There are databases containing this form of data and of course it is constantly updated because the financial world is always in motion and you probably have heard of the saying that says “money makes the world go around”, makes sense? Proceeding, financial reporters are in possession of this data and they then analyse and formulate and broadcast the most recent data.

Data-driven journalism is very much about facts because numbers don’t lie. There’s just so much that this sort of journalism does it can create personalised calculators to help people to make decisions, be this buying a car, a house, deciding on an education or professional path in life or doing a hard check on costs to keep out of debt. These journalists can analyse the dynamics of a complex situation like riots or political debates, show the fallacies and help everyone to see possible solutions to complex problems.

In conclusion, data-driven journalism has introduced a new dynamic to the profession. The dynamic being reporting on what’s under the surface and great piece of verification in the work produced. It is certainly a great form of journalism that young and upcoming journalist are likely to be interested in as it indulges very much into modern technology with computers, databases, online surveys, etc. Cheers to data-driven journalism!

 

 

Robots: Humans, leave journalism to us.

The rise of machines in has been a revelation for many and machinery simplifies things, right? Yes! a 30-minute manual or humanized task would simply take machines half of that time maximum. This now applies in journalism, there is now something called automated journalism which is synonymous to robot journalism.

In a BBC article, Stephen Beckett states that robo-journalism is the process of automatically writing complete and complex news stories without any human intervention.

It is commonly used in sports reports and business reports.

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Computer-oriented newsroom, a depiction of how much human journalist there’ll be in a newsroom.

One would quickly note the element of no human intervention. As much as we’re in a generation of modern technology and innovative electronics, we simply cannot overlook the human factor. The perks of robo-journalism is that these machines are much more efficient and they can work longer than what a human journalist would manage to. They save time and money to a certain extent. More stories are produced with less people to pay. They contain algorithms that produce stories with no journalists being in the field running around chasing a story. Software is programmed and it is of pure artificial intelligence, also meaning that they less likely to make errors in comparisons to humans. This type of journalism has reach in terms of they can secure stories out of human journalist’s reach, it’s easy to secure and report on international stories. With all this being said and done, the biggest advantage will be seen in the revenue of the companies that make use of it. Since we all have become aware that in this world we live in now it is all about money, so it’s quite likely for many to say robo-journalism is the future.

The downside of automated journalism is that it eliminates jobs for human journalists. Professionals with experience and who have studied journalism with qualifications in media are compromised. Reporting is computerized, so where is the human aspect and feel into the stories? The beauty of the craft is destroyed. The industry is being minimized, the more the robot journalism trend is encouraged and made use of then the workers in the industry are doomed. Another factor is that computers need to be maintained and serviced, software need updates regularly to be working at its potential best. Quite frankly that’s money, money that human journalists would not have cost you.

In conclusion; yes it is nice to move with the times and make use of the modern media. However the traditional way of gathering, verifying and disseminating information is where the beauty of the craft lies. It’s where readers can feel and see the passion behind their news and stories. After having a thorough look at robot journalism, one will see that it won’t be a great influence for journalism the future. As much it is more efficient than human but it does not have the qualities that humans can reflect in their reporting. Human journalism can be creative, intellectual and artistic. Basically I propose a vote of no confidence in robo-journalism because it’s just a way to generate more revenue for a small minority and will see the majority of journalists losing their jobs.

There will be no life and passion in newsroom, simply the sound of machines and air-cons.

Citizen Journalism; Yay or Nay?

Citizen journalism is the voice of the communities in South Africa. At times, professional journalist fail to reach stories as they transpire. Baam! That is where citizen journalists prove vital. However they are not substitutes for professional journalists, there’s no form of real obligation to provide news to audiences. These citizen journalists have the voice,

“voice is critical because the premise of citizen journalism is to allow those marginalized from mainstream media to be heard, and to be heard in a manner that articulates their worldview, and not the mores, ethos and tones of dominant media and dominating elites”. (Dugmore & Ligaga, 2014 )

Therefore the question remains as to does South African media care about citizen journalism?

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Citizen journalists broke out one of the most heart-warming story and captivated the one most important moment. Pretoria Girls High’s young girls in a fight against racism at the school.

Most recently, the story of young girls protesting from Pretoria Girls High broke out on Monday morning. The girls who are protesting against racism at the school are fed up by the injustices done by the school. An investigation has been launch by Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi  “I’m officially appointing an independent investigation body to investigate all the allegations levelled against certain educators, events of the 26 and 27 [August] and all issues that learners felt border on racism and all related matters,”( Media24).

When the story initially broke out the, citizen journalism was at full force and the images were taken with camera phones and videos as well.

The South African media landscape is very big, with their top priority being to disseminate news and inform the public. Now the media would seem selfish if they’re are to openly oppose citizen journalism but on the contrary if they promoted citizen journalism then they could come under scrutiny for issues of credibility to name a few. It seems quite easy for a ordinary South African citizen to take their phone, catch an image, record a video or current events and disseminating it onto social media as news. Writing blogs and formulating articles with not much shy to reflect bias or eliminating any form of subjectivity. On the other hand, professional journalist who work for big corporate and media houses bear responsibilities to maintain and uphold good reputation. They are subjected to facts and accurate information. Should there be a slip of some sort coming from pro journalists then credibility is lost and a dampening to the reputation. The key difference between citizen journalism and professional journalism is that; citizen is great initiative however professional journalism is of great responsibility.

 

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