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, Internet - Website and Blogging, Social Media
Speciality:Travel, News, Politics, Culture, Profiles, Environment
Profession:Writer, Copywriter, Editor


I am an independent journalist, editor and researcher based in Cape Town who has worked in-house on a variety of magazines as features, contributing or deputy editor – and I have stood in as editor on occasion too. This means I am well-versed in managing projects and editions from a concept level, through the commissioning, editing and production stages.

I am the Africa correspondent for the Swiss-based content publisher Primafila.

Publications I’ve written for have targeted very different audiences, both in South Africa and abroad. I have written for experts and for laypersons, and been deeply involved in creating content and magazines that resonate with readers. I have extensive researching, commissioning, and proofing experience, and have produced website and social media content for certain clients in the travel industry.

The scope of my work has been wide, ranging from current affairs, travel (which I have specialised in), profiles and health, to energy and climate change.

Titles and organisations I've writen for or worked on include: Colors magazine based in Treviso, Italy (deputy editor); Thisday (parliamentary correspondent, South Africa); High Life South Africa (contributing and acting editor);  AFP, the former Virgin Atlantic inflight magazine Carlos (UK), Cityscapes, Business Day, The Weekender, The Media, Marie Claire, Mail & Guardian, Art South Africa, Horizons, Getaway, Wild, Elle Decoration, FM and more.

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 updated the Western and Eastern Cape chapters of the sixth edition of Frommer's South Africa.
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 won awards for feature writing.
I have also worked on a number of book and other projects for South African photographers, including Pierre Crocquet de Rosemond and David Southwood.

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