Michael Schmidt

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About me

Gender MALE
Occupation Investigative field reporter, non-fiction author, free press activist, journalism trainer
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng
Introduction Michael Schmidt is an African field reporter with 29 years of experience in 46 countries on six continents, and a reputation for producing unique and challenging copy, having worked for 19 years on some of South Africa;s leading print titles including The Mercury and Sunday Times. He was involved as a senior journalist with the start-ups of ThisDay, and of what is now Independent on Saturday. He was group special investigative writer for Independent Newspapers' seven weekend titles before going into journalism training. He has five books published and is developing six more books and four multimedia projects. He was a 2009 Academic Leader at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), a 2011 Media Fellow at Duke University (USA), and a 2017 Fellow at the Arts Rights Justice Academy (Germany). He continues to write for both the mainstream and alternative media. He is: * former Executive Director, Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) * Administrative Secretary, Professional Journalists Association of South Africa (ProJourn) * Convenor, Southern African Cities of Refuge Project * Co-Creative Director, Not Night, but An Absence of Stars