Jonathan Ancer

Jonathan Ancer

Personal information
Jonathan Ancer was born in Johannesburg on the 10th of November1970 to Bernard and Shirley Ancer. He grew up in a progressive middle class family in Johannessburg.Journalism wasnt allways his first love, when he was four he wanted to be a cowboy, and later had his heart set on being a vet. His parents influenced his journalism career by encouraging him to think, question and realise that there are many sides to a story. He has also been influenced by writers like George Orwell, Truman Capote, Tom Wolf, Norman Mailer, Hunter.S.Thompson, Mark Gevisser, Sandy Balfour and musicians like Billy Bragg. Jonathan graduated with a BA from Wits University in 1992 and completed a Higher Diploma in Journalism at Rhodes University in 1995.

He currently lives in Rondebosch in Cape Town with his wife Jean Luyt and his three children (two boys and a girl): Samuel, Khwezi and Rachel.

Career information

Jonathans first journalism job was in 1996 at a magazine called Directions, where he got to do some hard journalism and wrote some hard features about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Africas right wing movement, farm murders. serial killers and buying cocain in Johannesburg. He left directions in 1999.

He then worked as a writer and freelance journalist. In 2001, he joined the Star as a sub-editor and became night news editor for a year. At the beginning of 2006, he moved to Grahamstown to become the youngest editor of the country's oldest newspaper, Grocott's Mail. He left Grahamstown in January for Cape Town He is currently the Group Training Editor at the Independant Newspapers.

Recognitions and awards

Jonathan won the Mondi Shanduka breaking news category two years in a row (2004 and 2005). In 2004 it was for a story about a man who was left to die on the pavement becouse according to the paramedics he was too filthy to for the ambulance. The winning story entry in 2005 was his first hand account of a mob justice.

Also under his editorship, Groccots mail was named the best small town newspaper of 2007 in the Sanlam Awards.

Other professional activities
Jonathan is launching an in-house training school for journalists- Independent School of Editorial Excellence
-which will open its doors in February 2010. He also writes a weekly parenting column called Pop Psychology for the Sunday Argus.

Primary Sources
Jonathan Ancer- via email

Secondary Sources

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