My name is Delmar Terblanche. I’m an award winning 22 year old journalism graduate from the University of Westminster, currently working as a freelance writer. I’ve trained as a television and radio presenter, worked as a public speaker and debater, and won student journalism awards for my political and music writing. Here, and elsewhere, I routinely cover more or less everything except (as my home page says) sport.
“Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”
– Henry Anatole Grunwald
The words that give this site its name come from a former Time editor – an immigrant who fled Nazi rule as a child and started his career as a copy boy with a philosophy degree. As an editor, Henry A. Grunwald ordered the world’s most popular news magazine to run a cover asking “Is God Dead?”, and, for the first time, decreed that Time writers would be recognised for their work through bylines. He was an editor – like Ben Bradlee, or Gene Roberts, or Abe Rosenthal – a newspaperman. Even though he ran a magazine.
It is in their spirit, or perhaps the spirit we want to believe they had, that this website runs. It is a collection of blogs. It is an exercise in postgraduate rambles. It is journalism.
The site hosts four blogs on as many topics: culture, American politics, news, and, naturally, Doctor Who. It also features a podcast series on the lunacy of British politics, and occasional video uploads. It catalogues work I have done as a journalism student, and any and all writing I continue to do – as a blogger, as a journalist, and as anything else in between. Here I try to make sense of the world, and translate that sense into prose. Wish me luck.