Education

Format: Full-time, 3 years

Institution: University of Stellenbosch

Description: Undergrad course with Geography and History as majors, minors in Political Science, English, Ancient Cultures and Information Skills. 

Format: Full-time post-graduate degree, 1 year

Institution: University of Stellenbosch

Description: Postgraduate degree focusing on GIS, urban and tourism analysis, disaster and risk management as well as research application. 

Format: Full-time post-graduate degree, 1 year

Institution: University of Stellenbosch

Description: Postgraduate degree in Journalism focused on all aspects of the field, including writing, design, photography as well as audio and video editing. 

Format: Full-time class and internship course, 1 year

Institution: Media24 Academy

Majors: Full year program comprising of classes and internships in magazine journalism, newspaper journalism as well as digital/online journalism. 

Professional Experience

More about Weg/Go-magazine: Media24 is one of the largest publishers in South Africa and I’ve worked for more than a decade at its travel titles called Weg! (Afrikaans) and Go! (English) magazines. Weg!/Go! are the biggest travel magazines in South Africa.

My role: Photojournalist, Cartographer and Podcaster

Duration: 10 years

Responsibilities: 

  • Write stories and feature articles. 
  • Take photographs to a professional standard. 
  • Create digital maps to accompany web-stories. 
  • Shoot and edit videos. 
  • Create, produce and distribute podcasts. 
  • Serve as podcast consultant to other titles. 
  • Combine GIS-technology with design software to create informative, interesting and aesthetically pleasing custom maps for print. 
  • Create feature maps for every monthly issue, focused map books, and award-winning standalone projects. 
  • Create, maintain and manage geodatabases for each project, run analysis on data, establish workflows, troubleshoot, digitize data and extensive data-gathering field work.
  • Co-editor of the annual Weg/Go Botswana-standalone magazine since 2016.
  • Editor of Weg Stories 2019, a standalone magazine with the best columns out of the magazine’s archives. 

More about Bushradio 89.5FM : The oldest community radio station in Cape Town. Broadcasting from Salt River in Cape Town, the station broadcasts in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. 

My role: Part-time volunteer contributor

Duration: 4 years

Responsibilities:

  • One of a team of hosts that present and engineer The Unhappy Hour, a two hour long music show on Sunday nights. Shows are hosted by one or two presenters at a time. 
  • Interview musicians and artists live on air. 
  • Upload and distribute shows online on Mixcloud.

More about Beeld: Established in 1976, Beeld is one of the biggest newspapers in South Africa. This Afrikaans newspaper is distributed in the northern provinces of South Africa. 

My role: Intern (as part of M24 Academy); Full Time

Duration: 5 months

Responsibilities: 

  • Create stories for Beeld as well as the local Tshwane Beeld on a daily basis. 
  • Covered beats include general news, community news, sport and military reporting.

More about WegSleep: Wegsleep was the only Afrikaans magazine specifically aimed at the camping and caravan community in South Africa. In 2017, WegSleep combined with DriveOut-magazine and formed go! Drive and Camp-magazine. 

My role: Intern (as part of M24 Acedamy); Full Time

Duration: 4 months

Responsibilities: 

  • Created the magazine’s first Facebook-page and managed its content. 
  • Write and photograph stories for the main magazine. 
  • Took the cover photograph for the November 2010 issue.

Technical Abilities

Microsoft Word
ArcGIS
Adobe InDesign
Microsoft Excel
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Audition
Microsoft Access
Adobe Premiere

Awards

Award: Editor’s Choice

About the award: Media24 is South Africa’s biggest publisher of magazines and newspapers. The Editor’s Choice Award is awarded every year to the best journalist younger than 30 years old, with the journalist’s whole portfolio of the year being considered. 

Award: Best Standalone – Weg/Go Botswana Map Book 

About the award: Media24 is South Africa’s biggest publisher of magazines and newspapers. The Best Standalone Award is rewarded every year to the most successful standalone magazine or brand extension. I shared this award with my co-editor Toast Coetzer. 

Nomination: Best Journal Program

About the award: The ATKV Mediaveertjies rewards the best Afrikaans creative content in categories Listen, Watch and Read. Three shows from all Afrikaans podcasts and radio stations were nominated for the Best Journal Program-award. My podcast, Weg Stories, was the only podcast nominated.

Award: Best Standalone – Weg/Go Botswana Map Book

About the award: Media24 is South Africa’s biggest publisher of magazines and newspapers. The Best Standalone Award is rewarded every year to the most successful standalone magazine or brand extension. I shared this award with my co-editor Toast Coetzer. 

Language Skills

AFRIKAANS (Native Language)
ENGLISH (Fluent)

References

Weg/Go-magazine Editor (2010 – 2014) 

NASPERS – MEDIA24 

+27 21 406 3257 

blouw@dieburger.co.za 

Naspers Building, 40 Heerengracht Street, 16th Floor, Cape Town, 8001.

Weg/Go-magazine Editor (2014 – 2020) 


NASPERS – MEDIA24 


+27 21 406 2634 


psteyn@media24.com 


Naspers Building, 40 Heerengracht Street, 19th Floor, Cape Town, 8001

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