Each Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. In light of the “International Day for Biological Diversity” which was commemorated on 22 May and raises awareness on the impact human development has had on wildlife, #WCW commemorates a journalist who has worked closely with the Rhino population in Namibia.
This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Francoise Steynberg, a veteran journalist with a heart for nature. Read the interview UNIC Windhoek had with Francoise below, and learn more about her exciting career journey!
1.) Could you tell us about your career?
I have been a newspaper journalist for 22 years. I started my newspaper career at Rustenburg Herald in South Africa and was promoted after a month to editor of a regional paper, Brits Post. It was very challenging, because I was very young. After two years, I went backpacking in Europe, where after I moved back to Namibia and joined the daily Afrikaans newspaper Republikein.
I moved to Stellenbosch in South Africa where I worked as a communications officer for Capitec Bank, the fastest growing bank in South Africa, running two in-house newsletters. I got fed up with corporate life and decided to travel and work at the same time. I started working as an English teacher in Taiwan and travelled extensively in Asia for six years. I still wrote free-lance for travel magazines in Taiwan and was a correspondent for a radio station in South Africa. In 2009 I finally returned to Namibia and joined Republikein again, where I am now a chief reporter.
2.) Why did you choose to go into media / choose to work as an environmental journalist?
I love languages, reading and writing. I am addicted to following the news and I love the smell of freshly printed newspapers and books. I was always an all-rounder in my journalistic career and I can do any beat (except financial reporting). As a child I was lucky to grow up on a farm in Namibia and I love animals and nature. This played an important role in how I ended up being an environmental journalist. Continue reading