Julie Laurenz: Journalist / Filmmaker
As a journalist & filmmaker, I have covered a wide spectrum of subject matter; from human interest to human rights, to corruption and consumer fraud, health & wealth issues and wildlife & environmental investigations. I have also had some fun creating lifestyle & travel content.
Besides collecting the goods needed to produce a legally sound story, I also understand the importance of a having the narrative lead by characters involved in the topic or issue. I can tell shocking and deeply personal stories with empathy and sensitivity while still maintaining an objective eye. I have produced content for top South African & international news and actuality television shows, documentary strands and magazine series.
Much of my work is under copy-write and cannot be shared on this site.
CLIENTS: 1992 – present
Sharpeville Echos History Channel / Your People My People History Channel / Mandela 100 History Channel / WW2 History Channel / Checkpoint ENCA / 5050 SABC2 / Carte Blanche MNet / Who Do You Think You Are SABC2 / Mandela & Oscar Pistorius Specials 60 Minutes Australia / Unlikely Animal Friends NAT GEO / Bloemberg TV / eTV Doccumentary Strand / Front Row MNet / Fokus Met Freek SABC /Top Sport SABC / Super Sport DsTV / Top Billing SABC / Eastern Mosaic SABC / 3rd Degree eTV / Cutting Edge SABC/ Mainly For Men eTV / KZN Tonight SABC / Good Morning SA SABC /Options SABC / Impressions SABC / Take 5 SABC / Citylife eTV / Studio 53 MNet….
2019 MediaVeertjie, 2018 South Africa Film & Television Award (SAFTA), Current Affairs
2005/2015 CNN African Journalist of the Year, TV Feature
2008 Lorenzo Natali European Commission Award for Human Rights Democracy and
Development First Prize
2008 Bridgett Bardot Genesis Award – Commended for the Creation of Awareness of Wildlife Issues
SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year (5 times winner)
2016 & 2018 Vodacom Journalist of the Year CSI/Sustainability
2015 Discovery Health Journalist of the Year, TV Feature
2000 – African Journalist of the Year (AJF), TV Feature
2000 – Avanti Award, Current Affairs
Research & Development
I am skilled at sourcing content to produce News & Actuality / Documentaries.
I do all my own research and have acquired a varied network of invaluable sources.
I have managed many investigations and work with trustworthy investigators.
I have scripted hundreds of hours of television content.
I work with a team of highly professional and experienced camera operators and technicians, use to working under pressure and in challenging environments.
I am a highly skilled editor that values quality, while still meeting tight deadlines.
I also work with a select group of talented online editors, final mix technicians and graphic & animation creators.