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Twitter Fundi Barry Bateman Named One of the Top 40 Influential Media Makers in South Africa

Behind the DoorBarry Bateman has been named one of the top 40 most influential young people in the media today.

The Eyewitness News senior journalist and co-author of Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story with Mandy Wiener has been hailed as a “next-generation reporter” for his swift Twitter skills and ability to break and broadcast news to his 250 000 Twitter followers.

“Barry Bateman is South Africa’s top tweeter,” said City Press editor Ferial Haffajee.

The top 40 under 40s in the media for 2015 were selected by media experts and industry leaders across a spectrum of publications in both the traditional and digital media sphere. Other people on the list include Gareth Cliff, Anele Mdoda and Monde Twala.

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BARRY BATEMAN Correspondent for Eyewitness News (EWN). Age: 35

“Barry Bateman is South Africa’s top tweeter, who has made his mark as a top Twitter reporter and an excellent radio man,” says City Press editor Ferial Haffajee.

He has proven himself as a next-generation reporter, who actively engages with his nearly 250 000 Twitter followers, all while writing and broadcasting breaking news.

He became a household name in 2013 from his extensive coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial, which led to the publication of his first book, written with fellow journalist Mandy Wiener, Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story.

“He’s not afraid to push himself as a journalist and try new things,” says EWN editor in chief Katy Katopodis.

UNIQUE: His first break in mainstream media came when he photographed an aircraft crash at the Wonderboom Airshow, which resulted in him getting a foot in with the Pretoria News.

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