A book is being written

I’m writing a book called The Street: Exposing a World of Cops, Bribes and Drug Dealers.

It is for Pan Macmillan. It’s non-fiction.

It will be released on the 5th of September 2016.

I hope to see you at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town on the 8th of September as I try to explain why, despite the horrendous Joburg-based events in the book, I still prefer living in Joburg rather than Cape Town.

McNally Wins Excellence In Investigative Journalism

On the 15th of May 2015 The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Sanlam hosted the annual local media awards. The awards celebrate and promote excellence in community media, including print, radio and television, and local media owned by the mainstream media.

McNally won Excellence in Investigative Journalism in radio broadcast.

McNally Teaches Journalism Ethics

On May the 13th 2015 Wits Justice Project with Africa Check trained 100 Caxton journalists. They ran seminars in journalism, fact checking and ethics. McNally spoke about the need to perform right of reply, corroboration of sources and journalism ethics when uncovering miscarriages of justice.


The Caxton journalists work for community newspapers around the country. They participated in sessions on fact-checking, dealing with crime stats, challenges of the criminal justice system and ethics considerations when reporting on such issues.

McNally fielded a discussion on how to protect sources and how to use intimate case studies to tell stories that are significant for the entire country.

The Citizen Justice Network wins Gold in Jakarta

The Wits Justice Project wins gold at the Making All Voices Count 2015 Global Innovation Competition. Out of 241 global ideas, Paul McNally’s Citizen Justice Network was one of five finalists who won gold.

The Citizen Justice Network project aims to activate marginalized communities to fight miscarriages of justice. It will train five community activists across the country in radio journalism and the use of technology.

Activists will be sourced from rural areas where platforms for reporting on stories of miscarriages of justice in the criminal justice system are minimal. The project will enrich community radio and online media.

It will provide local activists with an opportunity to expose stories not necessarily covered by mainstream journalists, bridging the gap between community and mainstream media.

Winner of Best Radio Documentary at the MTN Radio Awards 2015

The story of Farouk Meyer and Oscar Pistorius won Best Radio Documentary at the MTN Radio Awards

The cases of Oscar Pistorius and Farouk Meyer are crucially similar. Both are characterized by murder, guns, police tampering and contamination of evidence. However, the men are nothing alike, one is a white paralympian and the other a coloured Eldorado Park car salesman…

Produced by Paul McNally & Kyla Herrmannsen for Wits Justice Project.

The Science Inside Wins Discovery Health Award

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McNally won a Discovery Health Award in radio broadcast.

The Science Inside looks at science angles around major news events from the Oscar Pistorius Trial to xenophobic violence. Each week the team finds stories and discoveries in fields including biology, astronomy, psychology and health.

The show was created by McNally.