In depth day 4: An expert puts things into perspective

Today I managed to get a better understanding of the Chinese Diaspora in Johannesburg and specifically in Soweto. The long and short of it is that Chinese people from different economic scales chose different areas to build a life for themselves. While more educated and wealthy Chinese people chose more upmarket and affluent areas in…

In depth day 3: China in Soweto, a reality

Today marked my first interview with a source for my Chinese locals in Soweto story, in light of the pending in depth project. My progression over the past three days has been slow, as I had a different strategy than my counterparts going in to this project. While I had nothing substantial beyond confirmed sources,…

In depth day 2: Making progress, slowly

DAY two of in depth kicked off to a tepid note after being shunned by my sources. I woke up on a high note thinking that the day would be productive and I would be one step closer to pen my stories. However, all my appointments with Chinese local traders in Soweto were postponed. As…

In depth day 1: lost in translation

The excitement of the In depth project and theme is starting to wane off. It suddenly dawned on me that navigating around sources will be arduous. This was made apparent today, as I made my way to Soweto to find Chinese locals in greater parts of Dobsonville, Diepkloof and Orlando East. Neither did the journey…

In-depth: The week that was

The final hurdle of the Wits Journalism course was finally announced earlier this week. We now had to acquaint ourselves with the word “In-depth”. This is when students look at a host of issues and the nuances of that specific topic in a rigorous reportage form of journalism. This year’s topic for the two week…