Think back to when you were young and your teacher asked you, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” In answer to this question, very few people are lucky enough to follow their dreams.
Since childhood, Reuven had always been interested in all aspects of media. His ultimate goal was to tell stories about new, exciting and interesting things. It did not matter if this was written, captured in a photograph, or recorded on video. The field of media would always be the perfect fit for him.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organisational Sociology and Industrial Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2014, he was lucky enough to be one of 20 select students chosen out of 1600 applicants to take part in the prestigious Wits Journalism Honours degree programme; a programme affiliated with Columbia University, New York.
In the digital age, he trained as an ‘all-rounder’ multimedia journalist, meaning he can write thrilling stories, take impressive photographs and record and edit high-quality videos on the spot. This was put to the test when he first worked as an unpaid intern at the University’s student paper the Wits Vuvuzela. There, he also learned a variety of skills showcased with in-depth projects.
Reuven’s first worldwide journalistic breakthrough took place during the #FeesMustFall movement of 2015.
Passionate about sport, he was also lucky enough to write stories for the University’s Sports Department and worked on production for external company Varsity Sports SA’s sports show broadcasted nationally on SuperSport.
Since leaving Wits, Reuven was lucky enough to have the opportunity to branch out into the field of marketing and public relations. He engaged in a wide variety of work, where he helped to create both written and graphic communications, ranging from the telecommunications sector to the wellness and lifestyle sector.
Utilising this experience and his studies, he began his work as a Senior Multimedia Journalist at Caxton Local Media, the largest media house in South Africa.
There he worked on numerous local and national publications covering all manner of events for online and printed publication including crime, riots, assassinations and ever-present political distrust.
“Working in community media on the streets of South Africa is enough to make seasoned international war correspondents tremble. The issues that I have seen, the tear gas I have smelled, and the stories I have heard and told have only kept my passion for journalism and writing alive.”