Crossing the Suriname River to Plantation Island.

Crossing the Suriname River to Plantation Island.

My grandfather told me I would only succeed at what I enjoyed because life was too long to be bored. The decades proved him right.  A foreign correspondent for 14 years and now a media consultant, I have worked in more than 20 countries. I relish the heightened sense of anticipation that comes with arriving in a new land and very few experiences beat that acute moment of incredible realization when you stand in a place of history and think: “Wow! This is where it really happened!”

Street children in Dhaka, where I was working on a UNDP project.

Street children in Dhaka, where I was working on a UNDP project.

I am pleased to introduce myself as the new editor for the b-c-ing-u magazine. I will be adding the content supervision of this publication to my existing portfolio of projects and would welcome all suggestions our readers have. We are very fortunate to have such a varied and talented team of writers around the world. It is a privilege to work with them and I know they will keep those enticing articles and intriguing photographs flooding in. Please do comment when you can. I know they welcome feedback.

Crossing into the West Bank to work with the World Bank on training Palestinian journalists.

Crossing into the West Bank to work with the World Bank on training Palestinian journalists.

We are in the business of publishing life experiences. Exploring, dreaming and discovering does not only occur when travelling abroad. Although I travel widely, living in a small village in Sussex is far from dull. The beauty of the English countryside – from the wilderness of Ashdown to the quaintness of little hamlets and the magic of

dark green woods – is deeply satisfying. The unique, the beautiful, the awe-inspiring and the enjoyable are often on our very own doorsteps. Adventure and fun can lie just around the corner. We have to get out there and find it.

 

Biography: 

mel profileMelanie was a Foreign Correspondent and Editor for Reuters News for 14 years covering Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Melanie now trains journalists worldwide how to report effectively on conflict, politics, civil society, the environment, economics and business. She also trains those in politics and business how to engage effectively with stakeholders and the media. Melanie has written extensively about society, the environment, politics and business. She reported on the war in Congo and the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Her articles have been widely published in the world’s top newspapers and journals. During her reporting career, Melanie met with world leaders — including Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton — interviewed film stars and the heads of multinationals. A South African and British citizen, Melanie is a founding trustee of a South African HIV/AIDS charity and a governor of a local primary school in Sussex. She has a BA in Classics and an MBA.