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Anna Stroud Writer

Anna Stroud Writer

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

Books Editor, Sunday Times

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.

Visit my About and Testimonial pages for more information.

Work Experience

From 2007 to the present:

March 2016 – December 2016

EPIK e-Press (South Korea)

Content writer

Duties: Writing and producing blog posts, photographs and video clips about life as a teacher in South Korea.

2014 – 2016

Freelance writer (South Africa)

Sunday Times Books LIVE
Taalgenoot
LitNet
City Press
eCare4Me

Duties: Writing and editing stories about books, travel and corporate health.

August 2014 – December 2015

Sunday Times Books LIVE

Assistant editor

Duties:

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

COVER Publications

Print and digital content editor

Duties:

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

Duties:

Commissioning, writing and editing content for Rhodes Journalism Review.

Creating a digital magazine: RJR Alive

Social media manager: School of Journalism and Media Studies

Duties:

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

Duties:

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

Internships and student work (South Africa)

Journalism tutor: Teaching writing, editing and design to second year students

Writer and subeditor: Open Source newspaper

Intern: Cue, Grocott’s Mail, Rhodos, Activate and Die Hoorn

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

Skills

  • 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

References

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

 
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