Scoop TechLab | Amanda Cropp
Amanda Cropp is a Christchurch-based journalist who has had work published in more than 40 national and international publications during an 18 year stint as a freelance writer (www.amandacropp.co.nz).
She started out as a reporter on the Auckland Star in 1980 (back when ancient Imperial typewriters were standard issue), going on to work for Radio New Zealand, The Dominion Sunday Times and NewstalkZB, and winning more than a dozen journalism awards. With the assistance of a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship she studied journalistic ethics and investigative reporting in the US where she also took up at Fulbright Vocational Exchange to work on the St Petersburg Times in Florida. She is the author of Digging Deeper: A New Zealand Guide to Investigative Reporting and recent events led her to write Shaken, Not Stirred, a memoir about life in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes.
You will never find Amanda queuing to buy the latest piece of electronic gadgetry to hit the market, but she is no Luddite. Going back to using a typewriter at the Dom after working onscreen at RNZ was like returning to the dark ages, an experience she only survived by commandeering an old electric typewriter discarded by the editor’s secretary. These days the family’s Garmin GPS makes up for her complete lack of a sense of direction, particularly useful when attempting to navigate the maze of rural back roads on the Canterbury plains, and she is very keen to acquire a tablet. Amanda lives in the seaside suburb of Sumner with her tech-savvy husband and two teenage son, who (reluctantly) come to the rescue when she manages to once again stuff up something on her laptop.
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