‘To Catch A Serial Killer’ - Episode 2 is now live

‘To Catch A Serial Killer’ - Episode 2 is now live!

Has news reporting become better or worse in South Africa since the early 1990s? When true-crime author and podcaster Janine Lazarus worked in news in the early 90s, there was no Internet, no access to mobile phones, no social media. She arguably broke just about every rule in newsroom ethics as she became increasingly obsessed with serial killer Kobus Geldenhuys.

To Catch a Serial Killer podcast artwork

While traditional reporting relies on hard facts, gonzo journalism takes readers or listeners a step inside the mind and feelings of the reporter as the story unfolds.

It’s written without objectivity, often including a reporter as part of the story using a first-person narrative.

In Janine's case, the police used her flat as a surveillance point at the height of Norwood serial killer Kobus Geldenhuys’ reign of terror. They also used the journalist to try to lure the killer.  And that breaks every rule in the traditional journalism guidebook to stay out of the story.

In episode two of our thrilling true-crime podcast, 'To Catch A Serial Killer’, Janine and Jacaranda FM news editor Marius van der Walt are joined by Anton Harber, the Caxton Professor of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand. Harber has a 35-year career in journalism, media management and training.

In a wide-ranging discussion, the three look at how sourcing news and how news coverage itself has changed since the early 90s.

Have new communication technologies revitalised the public sphere - or have they become the commercial tool for an increasingly un-public, undemocratic news media?

Listen to episode 2 below.
Anton Harber

‘To Catch a Serial Killer’ is the official companion podcast to Janine Lazarus’ recently launched true-crime memoir - ‘BAIT to Catch a Killer’. 

“What makes this true-crime JacPod podcast series so novel is that it is set against a wonderful but volatile time in South Africa and speaks from an extremely personal point of view. Janine has covered many true-crime subjects, including the famous paedophile, Gert van Rooyen and his heinous deeds. She has serious clout and we want to offer our listeners the crème-of-the-crop in this genre. We’re thrilled to have Janine join us for this Jacaranda FM first,” says Deirdre King, Jacaranda FM Managing Director.

In episode one,  Janine Lazarus, Dr Gerard Labuschagne (pictured below) - former head of the police’s psychiatric unit and Marius van der Walt discuss and explore the characteristics of serial killers that cut across almost all of them.

They are very often family men with sinister secrets. They take care of abused animals; can be a community’s much-loved babysitter; open support groups for drug addiction.

Are people born serial killers, or is it their upbringing that makes them into what they become? Listen to the discussion and then make up your own mind.

Dr Gerard Labuschagne on JacPod

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