A freelance journalist in South Africa (and more)

April 29 2012

Adam Oxford is freelance journalist based in South Africa and the UK, who does a lot of other stuff you might want to know about too.

What do I do? In the past I’d have described myself as a journalist who writes about technology, whatever that actually means. To be a little more specific, I cover consumer electronics, PC hardware, tablets, international development, environmental issues, telecoms, open data, big data, data privacy, on and offline gaming, Africa and… that’s not much more specific, is it?

Today, I’m Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of htxt.africa and its parent company, htxt media PTY (ltd). We are that most ridiculous of things, an online journalism startup in a country where around 40% of people are still offline. What can I say? I like a challenge.

I also do a lot of freelance writing, if you want to get in touch.

I love things like city camps, open data, hack days and Linux. I love data-driven journalism, both producing and consuming. I do photos and – sometimes – videos too.

As a freelance journalist I’ve written for PC Gamer, Stuff, The Journalist, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The EcologistGreen FuturesWired.co.ukComms DealerPC Format, ZDNet, The Mail & Guardian, Brainstorm, PC Plus, PC Answers, Digital Photographer and, a little more randomly, the Musician’s Union magazine. I’ve also edited reports for people like the African Child Policy Forum and written for the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

In a previous life, I edited PC Format and the now defunct Digital Camera Shopper. One of my first journalism jobs was on a long forgotten children’s technology magazine called Planet PC for which I got to dress up in an Elvis costume, write about volcanoes, interview astronauts and visit the building site that became the Eden Project.

Not all at the same time, I hasten to add.

In 2009, I was a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition.

What else do I do? I help to coordinate the Johannesburg chapter of Hacks/Hackers, I host two tech-related events at JoziHub every month and I regularly appear as a talking head/disembodied voice on South African TV & radio.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I also do content marketing where there is no obvious conflict of interest, and have worked for clients including Opal TelecomUK:Telco, PC World, Bluebell Telecom, Microsoft and Asus.

Wherever possible I use a Creative Commons licence for my work.

You can hire me or my company for reporting, feature writing, reviews, investigative work and research or for bespoke content production by clicking through to the contacts page. Work samples will be uploaded to this site as soon as I can find time, until then mail me for requests.