Janine Stephen

Membership Number: SAF00730

Contact Details

Cell Phone:+27 (0)73 519 7036
Secondary Web Address:
Province:Western Cape

Profession Details

Media:Books, Newspapers, Consumer Magazines
Speciality:Travel, News, Politics, Culture, Profiles
Profession:Writer, Copywriter, Editor


I specialise in features, news and travel and write for a wide variety of local and international publications. Full-time positions include deputy editor of Colors magazine based in Treviso, Italy, and three months as parliamentary correspondent for Thisday before its demise in October 2004. More recently, I've filled in as features editor for Elle Decoration and I worked at Marie Claire for almost eight months as contributing editor. I have also filled in as a correspondent for AFP.
In 2006 I was awarded a fellowship to write a series of articles on street justice by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa; the articles ran in the Sunday Times. I've also written for the former Virgin Atlantic inflight magazine Carlos (UK), The Weekender, The Media, Marie Claire, Mail & Guardian, Art South Africa, High Life, Business Day Art, Horizons, Elle Decoration, FM, Independent Newspapers (reporting from parliament) and many more. 
I won a Mondi magazine award for best feature in 2001 and the best Health Lifestyle feature in the Discovery Health Journalism Awards in 2010. 
Travel: I covered the last Camel Adventure in Tonga for SL magazine. Since then, I've interviewed truckers on the Dalton Highway in Alaska, driven a tiny 4x4 into northeastern Kenya to interview Samburu and Rendille pastoralists and snorkelled in confetti clouds of tropical fish in Madagascar and Mozambique. I also updated the Western and Eastern Cape chapters of the sixth edition of Frommer's South Africa.
I take on extremely varied topics (a random month could involve anything from media industry news for the Media Online, a local investigation for Marie Claire and a travel piece for the Sunday Times Travel Weekly). I can edit, commission and manage projects, but I love to write.

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