Irwin Manoim was joint founder and editor (with Anton Harber) of the Weekly Mail, now the Mail & Guardian, in 1985. He wrote a book about the early years of the newspaper, ‘You Have Been Warned’ (Penguin/Viking, 1996).
In 1994 he was joint founder and publisher of the Electronic Mail & Guardian, the first online news site in Africa and South Africa’s largest until his departure at the end of 1999. In 2000, he and Harber founded Big Media, a digital media agency which pioneered in areas such as online public information and long-form journalism.
He taught journalism for many years at the University of the Witwatersrand, particularly editing and design techniques, media theory and South African media history. Awards include the Pringle Award for courageous journalism (1986, jointly with Harber), the first Loerie award for web design and an honorary doctorate from Wits University for contributions to journalism.
Irwin will work closely with amaBhungane’s investigators and managing partners Sam Sole and Stefaans Brümmer.