Viewfinder is an accountability journalism project in South Africa. We do long term investigations into abuses of power which impact on the public interest – specifically as it relates to the need for equality and redress – in post-apartheid South African society.
Viewfinder became a Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism Award finalist within its first year.
Through narrative journalism, documentary filmmaking and inter-newsroom collaborations we make complex findings accessible to audiences across the spectrum of South African news media consumers. We provide our audiences with the knowledge they need to demand accountability from large institutions on the specific abuses of power that we expose.
Viewfinder is split between a donor funded, non-profit entity (a project under the Community Media Trust); and, a private company (Viewfinder News (Pty) Ltd)
Viewfinder is an official partner to the GroundUp newsroom.
Daneel Knoetze, editor and reporter
Daneel is the founder and editor of Viewfinder. His reporting focuses on police criminality and the failure of police oversight mechanisms in South Africa. This project launched with a major exposé on the country’s police watchdog in October 2019. He was a fellow with US State Department’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in 2017/18, during which time he did a professional affiliation at Reveal from the Centre of Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. Previously he worked as a news reporter and a communications officer in the NGO sector. He is a graduate of Rhodes University and is a rock climber on the weekends. LinkedIn. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lenina Rassool, reporter
Lenina is an investigative journalist for Viewfinder. Her reporting focuses on gender based violence and child protection. She is working on an investigation and a forthcoming series of articles for Viewfinder. Lenina has worked for both mainstream media and the non-profit sector and produces a television show, The Womxn Show, for Cape Town TV. The show unpacks the systemic underpinnings of violence against women in South Africa. She is a feminist with a strong interest in active citizenship, mom to a 6-year old daughter and aunt to three 6-year old nephews. LinkedIn
Mia Arderne, reporter and digital engagement
Mia is a digital strategist, reporter and documentary film producer at Viewfinder. Her upcoming investigative film for Viewfinder explores the tensions between heritage protection and gentrification in Cape Town. She has bylines in Marie Claire, Mail & Guardian and Cosmopolitan, covering topics including gender-based violence, sex worker rights, and mental health. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, a published author, and enjoys pole-dancing in her spare time. LinkedIn. Email: email@example.com
Donors (2018/19): Alumni Engagement and Innovation Fund, the Taco Kuiper Fund for Investigative Journalism.
Donors (2019/2020): South African Media and Innovation Program, Encounters and UCT Impact Springboard Award, Bertha Foundation, Millennium Trust