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Please use this syllabus as a guide only, due to the nature of travel and environmental journalism the daily schedule will be adapted and modified as required.

Week One: Orientation and Introduction

  • Orientation to Mossel Bay and the program
  • Intro to journalism and journalistic writing styles
  • Narrative writing workshop and assessment
  • Guided edits and personalised learning system creation
  • Intro to ethics, standards and practices
  • This week involves an expedition to the Point area of Mossel Bay

Week Two: Putting Practices into Practice

  • Tutorial: Rewriting and Editing
  • Guided and self-guided edits of previous submissions
  • Tutorial: Interviewing techniques – what are they?
  • Research – conduct research on two individuals and prep for mock interview.
  • Practical – Writing and submission of Interview 1 + 2
  • Week Three: Becoming a Journalist

  • Tutorial: Travel Writing
  • Research – conduct research on specific upcoming expeditions
  • Expeditions- This week involves a number of different expeditions and a lot of travel writing and blogging
  • Practical – Writing, submission and editing of articles 1 – 7

Week Four: What Africa Has Shown Me?

  • Tutorial: Environmental Journalism
  • Research and prep for final piece
  • Self led interviews and source finding
  • Practical – Writing, submission and editing of EVJ piece


The garden route region of South Africa is widely renowned for its diversity of reserves, sanctuaries  tourism attractions and research institutes. Expeditions will travel to different venues to allow you to visit the organisations upon which your stories are based. Specific regions that we may investigate for stories include: (a) Plettenberg Bay, (b) Knysna, (c) Oudtshoorn, (d) George, (e) Mossel Bay, (f) Port Elizabeth, (g) Albertinia, (h) Sedgefield, (i) Wilderness.