Zimbabwe’s Marange fields have been called ‘the biggest find of alluvial diamonds in history’. But they are also the hottest flashpoint on the world diamond-map today, putting into a crisis a global system for telling the good stones apart from the bloody.
Although South Africans win gold the world over for their extra virgin olive oil, back at the ranch it's a different story. The oil might be extra virgin, but the industrial farmers and artisanal types who chase after it can be in for a rude – and rough – deflowering.
André Wiesner offers an exciting introductory course in feature writing, hosted by the University of Cape Town and the online education company GetSmarter. As Tom Wolfe said, journalism happens when you 'leave the building' and feel the wind in your hair, and this practical short course gets students hitting the streets – and seeing the world with fresh eyes – on assignments they can manage in their spare time.
They also interact daily with each other and the instructor on web forums, where they access video lectures, course notes, mentoring feedback on their writing, and a bunch of other stuff to help them get ahead in public-interest journalism as well as the growing fields of content marketing, brand journalism and organisational communications.