Behind-the-scene tour of Dispatch for subscribers

LEADERS OF THE PACK: From left, the Daily Dispatch investigative journalist Bongani Fuzile, business manager Lynette Kleynhans and general manager Ryan Megaw. Picture: AMANDA NANO

Subscribers got an inside peak into the working of the Daily Dispatch at a special meet-andgreet evening held at the Dispatch office last Thursday.

Dispatch general manager Ryan Megaw said the publication fulfilled an essential role in society and was an important tool for holding people to account.

“Newspapers and journalism still matter in a free society, and this evening is for our subscribers to give us feedback. We will continue in the spirit of courageous journalism,” Megaw said.

Award-winning journalist and investigative editor Bongani Fuzile said the challenge in the digital age was to bring factual stories in the midst of fake news.

“Sometimes it can be painful to be a journalist. While covering the Mandela funeral fraud scandal, we were threatened and being followed to see who our sources were.”

Subscribers toured the building and got to visit the hub of the paper’s news production.

Deputy news editor Cheri-Ann James said journalism was not dying but rather it was evolving.

“Our stories are about the local market, what people care about and tonight is about improving with the input of our readers,” said James.

Visiting subscribers said they enjoyed the evening and were happy to see how things were run behind the scenes.

“It’s lovely to see how things work. I remember the paper used to do coffee mornings,” Ellen Ettinger said.

Namhla Dekeda said she didn’t know the current premises, and it was nice to know the history and overview of the publication.

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