FREE invasives workshop for journalists

Calling all green journalists and environmental bloggers ...

The South African Science Journalists' Association (SASJA) is invitating journalists and environmental bloggers to apply for a place on a FREE journalism workshop to be held alongside the 43rd Annual Research Symposium on the Management of Biological Invasions (18 – 20 May 2016) at Goudini Spa, near Worcester, Western Cape.

Deadline for registration: Wednesday 11 May 2016

The workshop, entitled "Reporting on biodiversity and invasive species" will run on Wednesday 18 May, 2016 from 09h30. Hosted by SASJA, the workshop is funded by the Internews/Global Environmental Network Biodiversity Grant media programme.

Seasoned journalists, John Yeld and Mandi Smallhorne will offer story ideas and tips on news sources. In addition, journalists attending the workshop will have an opportunity to network with invasive species experts attending the 43rd Annual Research Symposium on the Management of Biological Invasions.

Why attend?

Presented by John Yeld and Mandi Smallhorne, the theme of the workshop is “Protecting Biodiversity on Private Property”.

The workshop will focus on the issues that go hand in hand with the presence of invasive plants and animals in towns, cities and on private land such as farms.

You will learn from senior environmental journalists and scientific experts how to better report on the presence and management of invasive species such as European wasps, Argentine ants, feral pigs, grey squirrels, green crabs and the house crow. You will also discover the disastrous social, economic and political implications - for the country - of infestations such as famine weed, pompom weed and water hyacinth.  

Scientific experts will discuss the latest rules and regulations that landowners and municipalities need to follow to manage invasive plants, and how such species impacts South Africa’s natural landscapes and water and marine resources.

This is also a valuable opportunity to engage with scientific experts before the publication of the National Status Report on Biological Invasions in South Africa in 2017.

Who can attend?

Journalists from community, daily and weekly newspapers, radio and television journalists or presenters, as well as bloggers with an interest in the environment, conservation, agriculture or planning.

What does it cost?

The workshop is free but space is limited. Attendees can apply for support towards their accommodation and travelling needs. 

Where is the Goudini Spa?

The ATKV Goudini Spa is located just off the N1 close to Rawsonville and Worcester in the Western Cape (GPS: 33º40’06.98″ S / 19º15’48.06″ E)

More information and contact details

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For information about the workshop, contact Wiida Fourie at or 021 808 2684

For information about financial assistance, contact Thea Aboud at

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Deadline for registration: Wednesday 11 May 2016

To apply for a place at the workshop, register here


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