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‘SHE UNDERSTANDS WHAT A SENTENCE NEEDS TO DO AND BE TO ACHIEVE A KIND OF PERFECTION’

– Sean O’Toole, journalist & art critic

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MORE ABOUT WE HAVE A GAME CHANGER – A DECADE OF DAILY MAVERICK

Marikana, Nkandla, Pistorius, NeneGate, Madiba, Mangaung, the rise of the EFF, the fall of SARS, ten years of Zuma and, of course, #GuptaLeaks: Daily Maverick covered it all with the smarts and signature wit that the digital publisher has become known for. This book tracks how the biggest moments in South Africa over the past decade impacted both the editorial and business endeavours of this new media upstart. This is THE story behind those stories. Compiled from frank interviews with co-founders and staff – past and present, We Have A Game Changer recounts what it was like to write the first version of history and what it’s like to be a start-up in a time of huge disruption and political upheaval.

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The authors were tasked with piecing together a year-by-year recount of how South Africa’s lost decade under President Zuma shaped the rise of Daily Maverick

A chapter dedicated to each year in the Daily Maverick journey starts out with the editorial team regrouping from the wreckage of Maverick Magazine in 2009. The story charts how the unlikely meeting of the co-founders and highly irregular management structure somehow sustains challenges hurled by politics, large competitors and disruptors from another realm. How a double-cross and car crash almost scuttled the most important investigation in South Africa’s history and why Rebecca Davis maintains a healthy dislike of Pretoria.

The book dips in and out of historic events and how journalists and editors approached these stories when digital was changing news from the inside.

If a documentary and a reality TV show made a book baby, this would be it. By Fran Beighton, Rebecca Davis, Tiara Walters and Tudor Caradoc-Davies. Published by MAVERICK 451 and Electric Bookworks.

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