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#AmINext is not forgotten

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford

There are so many things I really like about News 24’s #AmINext microsite, which tells the story of Uyinene Mrwetyana, the young woman whose death sparked protests against gender-based violence around the country. Nene’s background and the story of her murder are told with sensitivity and power, letting pictures do most of the talking. There are 14 fully told reader accounts of how #AmINext has left its impression, which are deeper than mere vox pops and more compelling for it, and there’s video on the same subject too. Then there’s the refreshing fact that, weeks after the story broke, journalists are still finding new and engaging ways to keep it in the public eye. And – most importantly for Naked Data – there’s the addition of nifty little Flourish visualisation that shows someone was listening when OpenUp was in the office training recently.

The name Uyinene, loosely translated means God/He is truth.
On April 20, 2000, an East London family of three welcomed the arrival of a new family member when Nomangwane Mrwetyana gave birth to a baby girl, who was named Uyinene.
Mrwetyana’s pregnancy had been a difficult one. Doctors told her and her civil engineer husband Mabhele Mrwetyana that there was a high risk their baby girl would be paralysed once born and it would be best to consider terminating the pregnancy.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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