NEW YEAR’S NEWSLETTER 2014
Firstly a very happy, healthy New Year to everyone, my clients, friends and faithful blog readers. Let’s hope this year sees a positive change in the economy along with growth and employment.
Exciting news for me, pointed out to me by avid Bizcommunity readers, was that I was named the ‘Second most read contributor’ to Bizcommunity for 2013! Obviously this means only one thing – this year I have to make sure of securing the number one spot – so watch this space!
It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of the year and I’m already planning work for 2014! Finishing up this year for me has seen my work with the Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowships awarding three very worthy winners:
- Theresa Taylor – The Star Newspaper
- Lloyd Paul – SABC Radio
- Vicus Berger – Volksblad
Looking at our glorious summer weather in Johannesburg right now I can hardly call this a spring newsletter – we’ve jumped straight out of winter into summer…
This was particularly brought home to me after working last week in Cape Town, where I ran a workshop for SACRA (South African Clinical Research Association) on media sensitisation – a really important topic in the medical fraternity. This was part of a country-wide road show which is now half way through.
Whilst in Cape Town I was thrilled to be part of the launch of the Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards http://www.sadag.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2092. This is the third year that Pfizer have sponsored these awards, which followed on from my Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowshiphttp://www.cartercenter.org/health/mental_health/fellowships/index.html. Our awardees from last year produced 16 articles on this topic, which achieved our goal of helping to break the stigma attached to mental illness through media.