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Fiona Macleod


Fiona heads Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism, Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues. The Center combines traditional investigative reporting with data analysis and geo-mapping tools to expose eco-offences in Southern Africa.

Oxpeckers is a non-profit company that aims to improve the quality and impact of African environmental journalism, inter alia through its network of Associates and Fellows. Launched in October 2013, its pioneering approach was rewarded when it was listed as a finalist in the CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards, the most prestigious and respected awards for journalists across the African Continent. Winners will be announced in October 2016.

The Oxpeckers Fellowship Project won the prestigious SAB EnviroMedia Award for Print and Online, with the judges describing it as “a very interesting departure from conventional journalism” and as “South Africa’s pioneering attempt to facilitate collaborative journalism on an international scale”. The judges also singled out Fiona as “the environmental journalist who is judged to have contributed the most in terms of consistent and excellent environmental journalism over the past year”. Awards won by Oxpeckers Associates since the project's launch in 2013 include the coveted Journalist of the Year Award at the 2016 China Environmental Press Awards.

Prior to founding Oxpeckers, Fiona worked as an award-winning journalist and editor at a range of Southern Africa's top media. She pioneered environmental investigative reporting at Africa's premier muckraking newspaper, Mail & Guardian, before serving as both the paper's assistant editor and environmental editor for 10 years. She edited EarthYear, a glossy monthly magazine about sustainable development in southern Africa, and was awarded the prestigious Nick Steele award recognizing her contributions to environmental conservation through her pioneering reportage. She is the editor and chair of the judging panels of the M&G's Greening the Future and Investing in the Future projects.

Area of Environmental Journalism Interest
Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Oceans, Policy, Journalism Skills
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