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Dateline Soweto: Travels With Black South African Reporters
Dateline Soweto: Travels With Black South African Reporters
By William Finnegan
Harper & Row, 1988, 244 pp

In this story of six weeks spent covering the black townships and Bantustans with a group of black reporters from the Johannesburg Star, the author conveys the black-white divide in the most moving way: through the matter-of-fact reactions of these journalists to their role on a white newspaper whose "liberal" social environment and "enlightened" editorial policy were still worlds apart from their own perspectives as inhabitants of the township war zone. Depicting the story they were covering-a brutal conflict most whites never know about-as well as the reporters themselves, Finnegan succeeds (as he did in his earlier account of his year as a school-teacher in Cape Town) in showing-rather than merely explaining-important realities about South African life today.