The Treevolution Team

Gemma Gatticchi

Gemma Gatticchi is a journalist and researcher at the Media Hack Collective. Most recently she has worked with Bloomberg and MHC as an intern and Africa Check as a freelance intern. Gemma completed her BA in French and Criminology at the University of Pretoria. She also holds a BA Hons in journalism and media studies from the University of the Witwatersrand where she secured a Bloomberg bursary as well as the prize for the 2019 Wits Television Journalist of the Year. Gemma has a strong interest in social media, digital storytelling and video journalism and longs to fulfil her passion for writing through different avenues of content creation.

Alastair Otter

Alastair Otter has more than 20 years of journalism experience spanning both print and digital publications, and has more than 10 years of experience as a developer focused on producing media-related online products. Alastair started his career in print media working for a number of titles, including The Star and Business Report, before moving into digital media. In the early 2000s he launched his own online specialist publication, Tectonic, which covered the emerging world of open source software, and wrote for online technology publications such as ITWeb and MyBroadband. Prior to joining the Media Hack Collective, Alastair was the editor and later head of editorial innovation at Independent Online, one of Africa’s largest online news sites. At Media Hack, Alastair’s specialities are data visualisation and the development of online media products.

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Laura Grant

Laura Grant is a data journalist with 20 years of experience in the South African media as a journalist, copy editor and designer. She likes to collect and play with data sets to tease out the stories hidden in them. She combines infographics, interactive maps and a variety of other visual elements with journalistic storytelling to make data accessible and interesting. Before joining the Media Hack Collective, Laura was associate editor: digital and data projects at the Mail & Guardian. She wrote data-driven stories and produced interactive graphics and maps for both the print and online platforms. She conceptualised, designed and managed the production of the M&G’s iPad edition. She also experimented with and introduced innovative digital storytelling techniques, such as immersive long-form features, to the newsroom. Before that she was the chief sub-editor of the M&G’s print edition. Laura has a BA in journalism and media studies, a BA Hons in psychology and a postgraduate diploma in environmental management and tourism development.