Carlos Amato (MA)

Carlos Amato

Personal information
Born in 1976 [2], Amato currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has attended both the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Witwatersrand (Wits). Prior to entering the world of journalism, Amato took a BA (Hons) degree with distinction at UCT, majoring in English Literature, before earning a Master of Dramatic Arts degree, specialising in animation and character design, at Wits in 2006. His MA thesis was entitled "Weapons of Mass Provocation: The Visual Language of the Political Cartoons of Zapiro and Ramirez, 2001-2005" [6]

Career information
Amato is a versatile journalist, writing for both print and online media and covering sport, politics, business and culture. After graduating from Wits, he began his newspaper career with Business Day as a subeditor. In September 2005 he joined the Sunday Times [1]as a football features writer, and was soon assigned to coverthe 2006 Football World Cup in Germany. In 2007 he began writing a weekly football column for The Times, entitled "The Far Post". In 2010 he covered the 2010 World Cup for several Avusa Group newspapers, including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sowetan and the Daily Dispatch. In recent years he also contributed articles to The Financial Mail [3], The Times of London, Gazeta do Povo (Brazil), Elle South Africa and Mahala.co.za [8]. Amato is known for writing provocative opinion pieces as well as well-researched interviews and features. Amato has also co-authored the Rough Guide to Cape Town (Penguin Books) and contributed to the the Rough Guide to South Africa (Penguin Books).

Recognition and awards
Amato was awarded the 2010 SAB Sports Columnist of the Year prize for his column, The Far Post. In 2007, Amato was named Vodacom Sports Journalist of the year, for a report on the exploitation of players by South African football clubs.[1].At the Mondi-Shanduka Newspaper Journalism awards in 2006 [5], Amato received a commendation for his "highly original sports writing" and his "captivating writing style" earned him the South African Breweries (SAB) award for the best newcomer to sports journalism in the same year[9]. He also received a special mention in the Columnist of the Year category at the 2009 SAB Awards.[9].

Other professional activities
Amato has also worked as a commercial TV and radio voice artist since 2001. [2] He is also a keen cartoonist and illustrator.

References:
Primary Sources

Secondary Sources
1. Amato, C. 2009. The Far Post. Timeslive. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from http://www.timeslive.co.za/opinion/columnists/article127941.ece

2. Voicebank. Carlos Amato Biography. Voicebank. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from http://www.voicebank.co.za/pages/Recording_Artists_bio.asp?show=bio&ArtistID=152
3. Amato, C. 2007. Don't Forget Our Goals. Financial Mail. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from http://free.financialmail.co.za/projects07/sa2008/wsa.htm
4. University of the Witwatersrand. 2005. Feedback Project. University of the Witwatersrand. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from http://www.thefeedbackproject.com/summary01.htm
5. Mondi-Shanduka Newspaper Journalism Awards. 2006. Judges Statement. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from
guyberger.ru.ac.za/fulltext/judging%20statement%2007%201.doc
6. Amato, C. 2005. Weapons of mass provocation: the visual language of political cartoon in the work of Zapiro and Ramirez, 2001-2005. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from http://witsetd.wits.ac.za:8080/dspace/bitstream/123456789/1786/3/0TitlePage.pdf
7. Environmental Monitoring Group. 2002. Trading the Summit - Nomsa goes to the WSSD. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from http://www.emg.org.za/resources/trade.htm
8. Amato, C. 2009. Flipping Santana the Bird. Mahala. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from http://www.mahala.co.za/sport/flipping-santana-the-brid/
9. Bizcommunity. 2007. Hazel Friedman - Vodacom Journalismt of the Year 2007. Bizcommunity. Retrieved 10 October 2009 from http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/15/19438.html

Multimedia
1. Voice Overs
2. UEFA Champions League
Commentary
3. Euro Final 2008 Commentary
4. Tri-Nations 2007 Comments

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