Khetha Journalism Training Project
New narratives needed on wildlife trafficking
Depth reporting on wildlife trafficking and its wider context
Roving Reporters is helping spearhead an innovative journalism project in the Greater Kruger National Park. It aims for more inclusive conversations about wildlife trafficking.
Major national parks in southern Africa remain under pressure from wildlife trafficking, most notably in rhino horn, yet all too often invaluable role-players that could help address the situation are side-lined in the public conversation alongside others living in communities adjacent to protected areas. This training project, provided by WWF-SA’s Khetha programme, seeks to foster positive change by equipping journalists and other communications practitioners with enhanced skills for reporting in depth on the human complexities of illegal wildlife trade in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, in particular the Greater Kruger area. A special interest is supporting journalists to explore community-related aspects of human-wildlife interaction that go unnoticed by mainstream media but shed new light on the region’s challenges and its potential for charting a sustainable way forward.
What the course involves: We guide journalists through the development of story projects (group or individual) from conception to public sharing and/or publication. Our training focuses on the nuts and bolts of two kinds of journalism well suited to human-interest depth reporting: feature writing and radio documentary.
The structure of the course: The course has two phases. In phase 1, journalists participate in online training (as well as a workshop in Skukuza), during which they lay the groundwork for their story projects. In phase 2, they do field research and work in consultation with mentors to take these projects to completion. Story projects (group or individual) are displayed on our course’s portfolio website; to the extent that this is possible, mentors assist trainees in getting selected pieces of work published or broadcast in local or national media outlets.
Phase 1 – Online course: Preparing for your quest
Dates: 4 October – 7 November 2021
Lecturers: Andre Wiesner and Les Aupiais | In-house conservation experts: Vince Shacks and Prof Ian Glenn
Phase 2 – Fieldwork mentoring: Producing story projects
Dates: 8 November – December 2021
Mentors: Fred Kockott, Matthew Hattingh and Les Aupiais
Phase 1 – Classroom teaching: Preparing for your quest
Week 1: Setting the scene (4 October – 10 October)
An introduction to the course, the context of illegal wildlife trade, and the crafts of feature writing and radio documentary.
Week 2: Generating story ideas (11 October – 17 October)
Explore story-generating techniques and attend a workshop in Skukuza for brainstorming and input by subject experts.
Week 3: Researching your story (18 October – 24 October)
Build a story action-plan as you learn about sources and research methods, including interviewing and observation.
Week 4: Constructing your story (25 October – 31 October)
Learn how to put together radio documentaries and to structure, write and self-edit feature articles.
Media ethics and markets (1 November – 7 November)
Learn about media ethics as well as story pitches and the business of being a journalist.