Writing, in different formats, is a common thread connecting Kim’s interdisciplinary practice. She was formerly a fulltime news journalist and a journalistic ethos and style infuses her written work at large. Kim is widely published on popular and specialist platforms with a range that extends from journalism features to books, academic articles, chapters and occasional essays. Kim has over two decades of writing and editing experience, including various News Editor positions - most notably managing the newroom of a weekly at Financial Times Business. At the same group, she helped set up and then manage a bespoke online news service.
Kim holds an MA in International Journalism from City University London, with a dissertation on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that summarised the proceedings underway at the time (1998) for a foreign readership and addressed the issue of conflict reporting. Kim also holds B.Journ degree awarded with Distinction from Rhodes University (1996), specialising in Writing and Editing for print. During this time, she worked in student/ community radio news and headed up the radio newsroom in her final year. A stint of commercial radio news reporting followed before moving to the UK and working fulltime as a journalist for five years.
Kim has been published by media houses including FT Business, Newsweek (Africa bureau stringer 2003-2007), Sunday Independent, Business Day, Salon.com, & News International. She has covered diverse topics from xenophobic violence to South Africa’s hosting of the Soccer World Cup to the impact of the financial crisis on business ethics. Recent contributions appear in Ogojiii, on the future of African cities, Art Africa on the second life of zombie monuments, Cityscapes exploring linkages between urban design and social change in two Cape townships; Kunstforum on urban performance in Johannesburg; Private Life on cities of the future; and Rolling Stone on South African music genre kwaito.
She is also the author of two books rooted in Johannesburg - ‘The Art of Public Space’ and ‘August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg atelier.
Examples of long-form narrative over recent years:
*Gurney, K. November 2015. Re-imagining Africa’s Cities. In: Ogojiii, Issue 03, Nairobi and Johannesburg: Ogojiii, pp. 43-49.
*Gurney, K. December 2015. Performing the Present: The Second Life of Zombie Monuments. In: Art Africa, Issue 02, Cape Town: Bell-Roberts, pp. 14-17.
*Gurney, K. with photographer Sydelle Willow Smith. February 2015. The Doppelgangers: a narrative nonfiction piece on Hasan and Husain Essop, twin brothers who collaborate as a fine art photography duo. In: Cityscapes, Issue 6. Download pdf
*Gurney, K. with photographer Sydelle Willow Smith. February 2015. The Conservationist: a narrative nonfiction piece that profiles Luzann Isaacs, who manages an urban wetland park in the Cape flats. In: Cityscapes, Issue 6. Download pdf
*Gurney, K. with photographer David Harrison. 2014. Edge Design: Urban form and social change in Khayelitsha and Dunoon, reflected upon through the issue of sanitation.. In: Cityscapes. Issue No. 5, pp. 34-49.
*Gurney, K. Ethnography of a flame - Critical Arts: Under fire section, 2013. In: Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies_, 27(4), pp. 439-443.
*Gurney, K, with photographer Delwyn Verasamy. Winter 2012. A Visionary Statement: Reportage on Johannesburg as a ‘world class city’. In: Cityscapes, Issue 2, pp. 56-71.
*Gurney, K. 15 January 2012. Muted Tones: the evolving life of distressed musical instruments. In: CCTV, a zine for local ideas in global practice. Vol 1. no. 1 Launch Issue, August 2012. Rangoato Hlasane (curator): Johannesburg. [Download scan here](cctv002.pdf. Originally published as Life of a Piano in Sunday Independent.
Gurney, K. 2012. The Fractured Public Interest. In: Rhodes Journalism Review, Issue 32, p.8.
*Gurney, K. 2012. Visual Prospects. In: Lamprecht, A. & I. Powell (eds). Terra. Cape Town: SoSo Press, pp. 18-26
*Gurney, K. with Scott Johnson. Digging up the Dirt. Investigative news feature on the search for South Africa’s politically ‘disappeared’ - Newsweek International.
*Gurney, K. September 2011. The shifting private-public axis. In: Rhodes Journalism Review, No. 31.