For the first time, Power Reporting will have a skills stream dedicated to Narrative Reporting alongside the training streams on computer assisted reporting and investigative journalism.
The conference includes top local, African and international speakers such as Philip Beresford, editor of the Sunday Times Rich List; Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois; media lawyer Dario Milo; Eric Mwamba, Fatuma Noor and Kassim Mohammed of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters; Mail & Guardian reporters Adriaan Basson and Sam Sole; and Dutch investigative journalism trainer Luuk Sengers.
Apart from Prager, speakers at the Narrative Stream include journalism lecturer and author Jo-Anne Richards; author Melinda Ferguson; UP head of journalism and author Pippa Green; award-winning journalist Beauregard Tromp; award-winning author Leoni Joubert and author Mandla Langa.
The Narrative Journalism stream is funded by Absa and co-ordinated by frayintermedia which has convened four previous annual Narrative Journalism Conferences.
Widely viewed as “master storyteller”, Prager’s work as been described as “exemplary journalistic sleuthing”. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Best American Sports Writing and the Wall Street Journal, where he was a senior special writer for eight years and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times.
Prager is a 2011 Nieman fellow at Harvard. He will then write a book about his recovery from quadriplegia after breaking his neck in a bus accident.
Absa is funding Prager and the participation of top local narrative writers. The bank has also provided bursary funding for 40 community and freelance reporters as well as journalism students.
“Narrative journalism provides reporters with the skills to tell South Africa’s complex stories. For this reason, Absa supports these ongoing initiatives to improve the quality of journalism in South Africa,” said Happy Ntshingila, Absa’s Chief Marketing and Communication Officer.
For more information on registering for the Power Reporting: the African Investigative Journalism Conference, go to http://www.journalism.co.za/powerreporting
For interviews with Power Reporting Workshop speakers, contact Obakeng Mooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Absa bursary applications for community, freelance and student bursaries, contact Samkele Nkabinde at email@example.com.