Jackie’s CV

Personal data

Date of birth: 19 July 1984

E-mail: jax.bischof@gmail.com

Citizenship: South African

Languages: English (fluent), German (fluent), Afrikaans (read and write), Swiss German (conversational), French (conversational), Sign Language (basic)


Correspondent, journalism.co.za: August 2010 – Present

  • Report on diverse aspects of South African media
  • Update website with news pickups about the media in Southern Africa
  • Upload stories onto the website, assist with editing of stories, maintain Twitter feed
  • Web management of journalism.co.za and related Wits Projects such as Power Reporting and the Justice Project.

Thomson Reuters Editorial Research Assistant: October 2009 – present

  • October  2009-May 2010:
    • Conduct research on wide range of issues relating to ethics, innovation, news standards and the media industry for Global Editor Dean Wright.
    • Prepare reports, write media updates, edit and proofread documents and contribute to the development of a series of internal and external short-term and long-term media projects.
    • Communicate with and solicit feedback from Reuters correspondents across the world.
  • June – July 2010: Admin assistant for the Reuters World Cup desk in Johannesburg over June and July 2010.
  • October 2010 – Present: Part-time web assistant for af.reuters.com.

Freelance Writer: Presently

A full list of clips can be found here: https://jaxbischof.wordpress.com/portfolio/

I have written for The New York Times Online, Elle magazine, Women’s eNews, The Media Online, The Citizen newspaper, Editor’s Weblog, Journalism.co.za, the Huffington Post, Wits Review, Time Out New York magazine, the Mail & Guardian Online and the websites of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the British Council and 46664.

BBC New York internship: April 2009 – August 2009

  • Assisted newsroom producer with research on stories, scheduling interviews for TV packages, shoot planning, studio bookings and setting guests up in the radio and TV studios.
  • Went out with correspondents on shoots, collected audio, took photographs, and conducted man on the street interviews. Worked with correspondents to learn the basics of writing under deadline, editing with ProTools and planning TV and radio packages.

Time Out New York internship: June 2009 – August 2009

  • Assisted editor of Special Editions with reporting, writing, fact checking and research for the Student and Continuing Education guides and other supplements working with InCopy and MAC OS.

Flow Communications: November 2007 – June 2008

  • Worked as a multimedia journalist conducting interviews, writing stories, assisting with the design and maintenance of websites (working with CMS and blogging platforms), helping to design print publications using InDesign and Photoshop, taking photographs.
  • Worked as team leader helping to oversee and take part in long and short-term media projects for clients such as the South African Human Rights Commission, 46664, British Council, First National Bank and the South African Human Rights Commission. Worked with offices based throughout Africa to produce work in a fast-paced environment under deadline.

The Citizen, Johannesburg: Freelance writer. April 2004 – December 2006

  • Wrote theatre and movie reviews, features and news stories for the entertainment section of this provincial newspaper.

Blogger: August 2007 – present

  • Provide updates including pictures, video and commentary on life as a South African journalist living abroad, using the blog as a base for experimentation in multimedia, open-source content, social networking and opinion writing.


M.S. Journalism: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York.
Magazine concentration with photo, radio and digital media skills. Africa Pulitzer scholarship recipient shared Henry N. Taylor Award for best international student. Graduated May 2009.
B.A. Honours Journalism: University of the Witwatersrand School of Journalism, Johannesburg. Print and online journalism concentration. Graduated magna cum laude in November 2007.
B.A. Double-major in Media Studies and Psychology: University of the Witwatersand, Johannesburg. With German and English Literature. Graduated magna cum laude in November 2006.

Awards and Achievements

2009: Henry N. Taylor award for best international student (administered by the Graduate School of Journalism)
2009: Honours in International Newsroom class and Master’s Project
2008: Pulitzer Africa Fund scholarship recipient (administered by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism)
2007: Humanities Gold Medal for the most distinguished academic record in undergraduate Humanities
2007: University of the Witwatersrand Postgraduate Merit Award
2007: CH Leon Honours Bursary (administered by the Research Office, University of the Witwatersrand)
2007: Community Service Director, Golden Key International Honour Society
2005: Certificates of First Class in Psychology, Media and German, Germany Embassy Prize
2005: University Council Merit Scholarship
2005: Golden Key International Honour Society New Member Scholarship
2005: Secretary and Community Service Director of the Wits Anthropology Society
2004: Certificates of First Class in English and Psychology, German Embassy Prize
2004: University Council Merit Scholarship
2002: English Olympiad Top Ten finalist
2001: Steve Biko Media Award Winner
1999: SA Representative to UNESCO International Youth Conference, Hawaii, U.S.



7 Responses to “Jackie’s CV”

  1. Diemo November 9, 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    Jax is a star! whatever she touches shines!who ever she meets is all smiles!God keep blessing this angel!she is amazing and a very friendly young lady. She is an inspiration!

  2. Dave June 26, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    You’re coming to America? That’s awesome! Maybe we can meet up some day!

  3. Judy July 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Jackie.
    I’ve read you blog and CV, and it’s truly inspiring. I am interested in similar thing like you are, more so im Journalism and community development and it’s great to see someone like you already living your dreams. By the way, are you studying at Columbia through a scholarship?
    All the best.


  4. judy82 July 14, 2008 at 12:03 pm #

    Ha!ha! I like the last part. Thanks for the Fullbright tip. I just happen to be interning at the US Embassy here in Kenya, and I saw that it’s on offer here, so now all I’ve to do is apply 🙂

    All the best with your studies and life in the US

  5. kelly Moruane July 26, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    Hey u ..
    hope all is well and that u enjoying the us.I am thee least person you would expect to hear from or even right a commentry.We went to Wits together , in Kupes class even . U even helped out with some of my essay’s .
    p.s.I still have the book u borrowed me.Titled the Dirty work of Democracy ..
    please send an email

  6. IAN EADIE September 14, 2008 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi Jackie,
    Such a coincidence Michelle and I talking about you and then your call!
    Just spoke to Michelle and her cell is on and ok – a possible problem with the connection ?
    She is waiting for your call.
    Needless to say am now in contact and looking forward to reading your blog.
    Hope everything is what you want it to be.


    Ian Eadie

  7. Diemo November 8, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    ola chana.:) hey girl. have the time of your life.. you so absolutely deserve it! I will still say keep reaching for the stars and beeing the one that shines brighter!Jax you just amazing girl…….:).

    hey I must ask.. it must be so so fascinating to be in the U.S IN THIS TIME IN hISTORY! YAP YOU CATCH THE DRIFT I KNOW:)

    I just think this blog is devine:) .. oh the beauty of this thing technology:).. ah the book club is still going strong girl.
    its so great to hear you say JOZI have a heart!(gosh it does….you beauty.:) Mellville still rocks..and Jozi is Jozi. enegetic vibe as usual.

    keep well and embrace all the great opportunities offered by the big apple:)

    keep it real as laways .
    have an awsome day

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