About Me

My name is Andrew Trench and I am an editor and a journalist.


I’m passionate about investigtive reporting and have led teams in my previous positions which have won many investigative and online journalism awards over the last couple of years.

My personal interests are progamming – I’m a happy Python hacker with a smattering of other languages – and thinking and exploring the power of code to fuel new forms of journalism and story-telling.

Naturally I’m also interested in data journalism, data visualisation, geo-located information and crowdsourcing and how these technologies and techniques will impact on journalism and media more generally.

This is my personal blog where I ruminate on the trends I am observing in our rapidly changing industry and also on my own experiences in it. None of the opinions expressed here reflect those of my present or previous employers and should not be construed as such.

Right now I am editor of The Witness in KwaZulu-Natal, a newspaper with long traditions going back nearly 170 years. The paper, historically centred in Pietermaritzburg, the provincial capital, is now attempting to broaden its footprint into the Durban.

My last job was editor of Media24′s Investigations team which over the three years serviced Media24′s daily and weekend titles and won a number of major awards for its work.

Up until the end of August 2010 I was editor-in-chief of the Daily Dispatch in East London, South Africa, a newspaper with a proud history only a few decades short of that of The Witness and which has a reputation for great investigative reporting on social issues.

I also edited DispatchOnline, the paper’s website  which has won a number of awards over several years for innovative online projects.