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Avoid spaghetting – it will save you time!

If you don’t want to lose the plot in writing a stunning narrative feature, read this!

Training

Become a Roving Reporter and environmental watchdog!

Join Roving Reporters’ Writers in Residence programme Global warming, the rape of our seas… species extinction. Does the degradation of our natural environment, poaching or perhaps pollution, make you mad?

Environment Training

Hollow ring to pipe dream tale

He who pays the piper calls the tune. But not so it seems if you’re dealing with a certain hard-to-reach KZN ‘artist’.  Rookie reporter Laura du Toit learns things aren’t

Investigations Tale of Two Hijackers Training

South African version of Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood?

“You’re cadet journalists, barely a published word to your names, jointly or individually, and what you’re working on has potential to be a global hit!” So said author, Denis Beckett,

Training

In praise of the little black book
(or the modern equivalent thereof)

Don’t be like those sad Millennials you see at some events, sitting staring at their smartphones. Use the time to cultivate contacts; work the room. Remember: you schmooze or you

Training Writing tips

Roller coaster! How to take your readers along for the ride

You have to take the reader on a journey. There must be ups and downs and you must reach a high point. Some thoughts on narrative arcs and structuring you story

Training Writing tips

Mrs Kelly’s Monster – a must-read for feature writers

Mrs Kelly’s Monster – the first Pulitzer winner for feature writing – is still relevant and amazing, so much so that Harvard’s Nieman Storyboard was still analyzing the piece 33 years after

Training Writing tips

Son of a pitch!

A primer on how do get editors gushin’ rather than cussin’.

Training

Have your say about hunting with dogs

Investigating the issue of hunting with dogs is one of Mlu Mdletshe’s next Roving Reporters assignments following recent complaints about the issue on the lower South Coast. In the following

Writing tips

Hook ’em and reel ’em in:
How to write killer intros

Whether you are writing a news story or a feature, start your story with a bang. Hook the reader with your opening line!