Ewan McDonald - Tutor: Journalism and Travel


Ewan McDonald is a multi-award-winning editor, journalist and critic. As features editor of the NZ Herald, editor of The Aucklander, and as a travel and food & wine writer, he and his teams have won more than 50 national and international awards.

As a freelance journalist, travel writer and editor, his work is regularly featured in the NZ Herald, nzherald.co.nz, MiNDFOOD and other New Zealand and overseas publications.

Previous roles include Managing Editor of Custom Publications for New Zealand's largest media company, NZME, with responsibilities from travel publications to Motoring, Lifestyle, Food and Wine, Real Estate and Commercial Property, Entertainment and Sustainable Lifestyle & Business publications.

He was Founding Editor of New Zealand’s most awarded community newspaper, The Aucklander. For 12 years he was the country’s most widely read restaurant reviewer, featuring in Viva (NZ Herald) and www.nzherald.co.nz. He has written about travel for more than 20 years, mostly for the NZ Herald, associated publications and the NZ Woman’s Weekly.

He and his staff have won more than 50 UN, international and national journalism awards including a rare citation for Reporting on Diversity from the Race Relations Conciliator / Human Rights Commission (recognised in its annual report to the UN), two Qantas Media Awards as the country’s Best Suburban or Community Newspaper. He has been awarded numerous times for his travel writing.

Outside journalism Ewan has been president of Travcom, the NZ guild of travel writers, photographers and industry professionals, a national councillor for the NZ Football Association (now NZ Football) and led several sporting organisations and clubs, as well as national media committees. He now owns Turtle Pond Media, a communications, content, design and editing consultancy based in Auckland.


Ewan tutors the following courses:

Travel Writing

Freelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines

Advanced Freelance Journalism





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