Africa correspondent for @dpa, the German Press Agency. Based in South Africa. Previously in New York and Berlin.

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Kristin Palitza is an award-winning independent Africa correspondent. She works as a stringer for TIME, Forbes Africa, IPS, Monocle and dpa. Her work has also been published in the Guardian and various German, Swiss and Austrian newspapers.

Kristin lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa, but...

What does it mean to be a journalist?

Work hard and smart, try to rid yourself your pre-conceptions, always dig as deep as you can and don't take no for an answer.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

Anytime, via email, phone, twitter or Skype.

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Anything that makes my job quicker + easier, but nothing just for gadget's sake: iphone, laptop, voice recorder, SLR and Skype are essential.


International Federation of the Red Cross

2009 - Humanitarian Reporting in Africa

Fund for Investigative Journalism

2011 - Investigative Journalism
Fellowship with funding to research a feature story on child labor on Malawi's tobacco farms.