Freelance Journalist ~ Blogger ~ Media Specialist
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“I pride myself on personalized, quality service;
excellent, well-edited writing;
and absolute reliability
(including the ability to meet deadlines)”.
Lauren Shapiro is a freelance journalist supplying newspapers, magazines, websites, businesses and individuals with creative, reliable content.
Based in Durban, Lauren works nationally and internationally with a range of respected publications.
Lauren has a wide variety of interests and enjoys taking on diverse projects. She will write to any brief, but specializes in easy-reading, informative articles, including soft news, features, columns and blog copy.
What Does Lauren Write?
With a strong focus on features, Lauren explores women’s issues and social trends in all spheres of life. Her interest in health and nutrition gives a holistic approach to her stories.
She is passionate about parenting and about the environment. She is also a contributing columnist on www.parent24.com.
A practicing Jewess, she enjoys writing about Jewish affairs. Her work has been published in the SA Jewish Report, Jewish Life Magazine, and Hashalom (Durban’s Jewish monthly magazine), as well as www.aish.com, www.myshtetl.co.za, www.collive.com, www.shmais.com, and www.chabadnc.com.
She also dabbles in the corporate field, creating press releases, newsletters and company profiles for various businesses.
Creative projects such as brochures and books add an exciting dimension to her business.
Lauren also provides additional services such as editing, proofreading, speechwriting, photography and more.
Lauren's Valued Clients
“Lauren has written for Balanced Life and Livingspace on a wide range of topics including health, fitness, relationships, family, well-being, money, careers and interviews with cover personalities. In short, Lauren confidently tackles just about any general interest topic, supporting her enthusiasm with sound research.
She is always a pleasure to work with and delivers work timeously. Lauren’s quality of work and editorial standards are excellent. She is always happy to accept new challenges and to help out on tight deadlines. I would have no hesitation recommending this journalist to other editors.”Peta Suzanne Oshry
“It has been our pleasure to work with Lauren on various DUHC initiatives over the past few years. Her articulate journalism and fresh writing style has always been an asset to our organization.
Together with her friendly and intelligent disposition, the articles that she has written for us are always well researched and eloquent. We thank her for this, and look forward to partnering with her in many more projects in the future.”Michelle Nathan
“Since 2005 Lauren has written her sparkling ‘Bubkes’ column for Hashalom, the oldest Jewish newspaper in the country. The monthly columns have covered a wide range of topics from the pressures of post-graduate studies to perinatal depression, to cooking, childrearing and fashion. Each column is clearly written and is always submitted timeously.
Lauren has also written countless reports for Hashalom on the activities of the communal organizations and in-depth articles on major events.”Prof Antony Arkin
In accordance with the Southern African Freelancers Association’s recommended rates, Lauren charges R4 per word, with a minimum charge of R1200 per article.
Depending on time requirements and where practical, this charge includes attending the primary event and/or interviewing the primary subject.
Photography of an event (including captions) is an additional R850, to be arranged in advance. This includes basic editing and the client’s right to single use of images.
Stock images may also be available from as little as R395 per picture, depending on size and content requirements.
Editing jobs are assessed individually, with an average charge of R550/hour.
Travel will be charged at AA rates. Research, related interviews and the like will be charged for on a time basis, at a rate of R150 per quarter of an hour, and reimbursive expenses will be billed separately.
Terms and conditions for all assignments are in accordance with the recommendations from time to time of the Southern African Freelancers Association and will be confirmed in writing upon acceptance of a brief.
Rates are correct as of September 2017.
It’s the old story: Lauren started writing “newspapers” for her household at age eight. The launch edition of The Household News featured a front-page story on her grandfather’s 77th birthday with a shorter scoop on her recent excursion to the dolphinarium. She sold three copies before lack of advertizing funds sent the paper into liquidation.
At fifteen, with a slightly more mature outlook, she founded Candid Crawford, a student newspaper for Crawford College Durban, which she edited for three years before Matriculating in 1999.
With journalism clearly in her blood, Lauren studied Journalism and English at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Between studying and the odd tipple for which varsity students are known, she contributed to Activate Student Newspaper, holding the positions of Features Writer, Content Editor, and Training and Development Officer.
Continuing her studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, she obtained her Masters Degree (cum laude) in Creative Writing whilst beginning her freelance career.
Like most impoverished students, Lauren dabbled in other activities that taught her practical commercial and people skills. In addition to tutoring and waitressing, she held leadership positions in both SAUJS (the South African Union of Jewish Students) and ReTA (Rhodes Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). She also gained valuable business and life experience being employed for a four-year stint as Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Zionist Council where she was responsible for office administration, event coordination and media management.
Marriage and young children gave her new insight into the human need for effective communication. (Some say that she returned to writing with new vigour to escape all the baby talk!) Being a parent has also taught her time management, negotiating skills, and how to meet a deadline with a baby on her lap (if necessary!)
In 2011 Lauren went freelance full-time.
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