Guy Berger

Personal information
Prof. Guy Berger was born on the 20th of July 1956 in Johannesburg. He was born to Nathan Note and Lucy Gough Berger. Guy grew up in Linbro Park where he enrolled in Rembrandt Primary school and later went to Sandringham High school. He is married to Jeanne Chunnet whom he met while at Rhodes University in 1976, the couple have two children named Vanessa Ndileka and Alexia Tlabane Berger [1].
For fun he enjoys reading, hiking and listening to music. He has a choice of favourite colours: blue when it's cloudy and green when it's dry. Guy is very passionate about his work and always knew he wanted to write, he regards his greatest achievement as being part of the struggle for democracy and helping to strengthen it since becoming democratic[1].

Career information

Guy Berger is currently the head of the Journalism and Media studies school at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He has a PhD from Rhodes University.
He has been involved in many other facets of the South African media industry, including the excitement of being an apartheid activist. [4].

Recognitions and awards
He was awarded a $630,000 Knight News challenge grant for the News is coming project. In 1998 Guy wrote a journal article intitled "Media and democracy in South Africa," which has been published on numerous websites. In 2000, he won a Fulbright scholarship to the USA to research "African journalism training in an age of globalisation and the internet". In 2001/2, he secured a Fulbright Alumni Intiative Award. In 2003, he was made an associate of the World Technology Network in recognition of his work in improving journalism on the continent through championing the annual Highway Africa Conference [5].

Other professional activities
He writes a fortnightly column for the "Mail & Guardian".
www.mg.co.za/converse.
He has overseen the development of the Africa Media Matrix building, as well as projects like the New Media lab, Highway Africa Conference and the Sol Plaatjie Media Leadership Institute.Guy is an active member of the South African National Editor's forum [4].Prof. Berger also has a blog which you can follow, a very 21st century man. You can follow his blog "conversant" on http://guyberger.ru.ac.za He has also set up Afravision- a television production/-distributing company based in London. He is convenor of the Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Journalism Awards, and also serves as a judge on the Caxton Newspapers Journalism Awards, and the Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year Awards [4].

References:
Primary Sources
(1)Prof. Guy Berger
Secondary Sources

(2) Mail and Guardian online.(2009). Contributors. Retrieved on 15 October 2009 from: http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/guyberg
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(3)New Media Lab.(2009).Staff. Retrieved on 18 October 2009 from: http://nml.ru.ac.za/user/guy-berger.

(4)The Media Research Lab Hub.(1998).Researcher. Retrieved on 12 October 2009 from: http://mediaresearchhub.ssrc.org/guy-berger/person_view


(5)Brief CV. May 2007. Retreived on 12 October 2009 from: http://guyberger.ru.ac.za/CV/index.htm

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