Anna Stroud is not only passionate about books, she is becoming a go-to expert on them as well – as a reviewer and as a person who intrinsically knows publishing and all that goes into getting a book into a reader’s hand.Jennifer Platt
My name is Anna Stroud, née van Wynegaard, and I am a freelance travel and literary writer.
I’m a professional writer with experience in print and digital journalism. I studied writing and editing at university, as well as media studies and broadcast radio. I’m also skilled in web content writing, blogging, doing interviews, making podcasts and managing social media accounts.
Most of all, I love writing about books and travel. I earned my stripes in books journalism at Sunday Times Books LIVE in South Africa and I was the winner of a City Press travel writing competition in 2014.
I’m a lifelong learner and lover of words. Throughout all my journeys, I’m always working at honing my craft.
From 2007 to the present:
March 2016 – December 2016
EPIK e-Press (South Korea)
Duties: Writing and producing blog posts, photographs and video clips about life as a teacher in South Korea.
2014 – 2016
August 2014 – December 2015
Writing, editing and aggregating stories about the publishing industry in South Africa.
Covering and live-tweeting book launches and book festivals around the country.
Interviewing authors and publishers.
Promoting local books through digital channels.
Managing and updating publishers’ websites and social media accounts.
Writing book reviews for the Sunday Times.
December 2013 – August 2014
Print and digital content editor
Compiling a monthly B2B magazine, bi-weekly newspaper and daily website content.
Writing, editing and commissioning business and insurance articles.
Editing the annual insurance conference magazine.
Promoting content through social media channels.
May 2013 – November 2013
Rhodes University School of JMS
Commissioning editor: Rhodes Journalism Review
Commissioning, writing and editing content for Rhodes Journalism Review.
Creating a digital magazine: RJR Alive
Social media manager: School of Journalism and Media Studies
Managing websites and social media accounts for six projects within the school.
Marketing post-graduate courses.
Writing stories about events in the School and keeping up with alumni.
Research assistant: Professor Anthea Garman
Doing research on Antjie Krog for Professor Garman’s book: Antjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere: Speaking Poetry to Power (published in 2015)
2007 – 2010
Education and Achievements
Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies | Rhodes University (2010)
Degree obtained with distinction and academic colours (2010)
Dean’s List for Academic Achievement (2010)
Golden Key Society (2007-2010)
Majors: Writing and Editing and Afrikaans and Dutch Literature
Senior Certificate | Oudtshoorn High School (2006)
Senior Certificate Examination: 93% (2006)
Recipient of the English subject prize every year.
Best junior and senior ATKV-orator in South Africa (2002 and 2006)
Placement on the Top 10 merit list from grade 8 to grade 12
- Writing and editing
- Proofreading and fact checking
- Digital journalism / marketing
- Social Media Management
- Blogging / WordPress
- Website management and SEO
- Interviewing and note taking
- Research and reporting
- Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Photography and GIMP
Drop me a line via my Contact Page for references’ contact details
Former Sunday Times books editor, Ben Williams
Sunday Times books editor, Jennifer Platt
Former Books LIVE editor, Jennifer Malec
COVER Magazine editor, Tony van Niekerk
Rhodes Journalism Review editor and teacher, Professor Anthea Garman
Rhodes Writing and editing teacher, Gillian Rennie
Former Grocott’s Mail editor, Steven Lang