About Groundup

We are a community journalist project. We report stories from South Africa's townships. Most 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 our communities. Sometimes we cover stories just because they're funny or interesting.

At GroundUp we value high-quality, ethical journalism. We are independent and do not promote any political party. Our 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 from people who work in working class areas on social justice issues and who can write eloquently about the problems they encounter.

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.

Journalist Training

A major part of GroundUp is training. All the people on the GroundUp project, including the editor, sub-editors and journalists, are learning their jobs. Our journalists used to be activists in South Africa's best social movements. They have joined GroundUp because they want to learn to become good journalists. University of Cape Town (UCT) students interested in careers in journalism are learning the trade by doing sub-editing work.

GroundUp started in April 2012. It is a project run by Community Media Trust with support from UCT's Centre for Social Science Research.

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