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SPRING NEWSLETTER

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Good to say that I’ve been so busy I completely missed writing a winter newsletter… Just what I teach my clients not to do – ignore your Website!

I’ve been very busy at eNCA teaching aspiring young journalists, particularly in the online field. I don’t think people realise just how different online writing is to normal writing. This goes for any field of communication, whether corporate, public relations or news writing.

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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER

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The year has started off jam packed with work – but very exciting.  Between editing, rewriting and training there’s been little time to turn around.

The Oscar trial and the elections has meant quite a bit of time training young journos in newsrooms, particularly on political reporting.  Best comment received when showing a picture of IFP leader, Dr Mangosutho Buthelezi – “is he still alive?”…

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New years newsletter 2014

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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!

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Summer NEWSLETTER

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SUMMER NEWSLETTER

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
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SPRING NEWSLETTER

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SPRING NEWSLETTER

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.

 

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New Year Newsletter - January 2012

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Firstly I want to wish all my wonderful clients, associates and friends a very happy and healthy 2012.  After two months in the fairest Cape it’s good to be back in buzzy Johannesburg ready for action.

Kingsley HolgateJudging by the training requests that are already coming in more and more companies are seeing the value of training their staff to reach their maximum potential.  Staff represent the face of a company and people form their impressions of an organisation from these people.  

One of the great joys of my job is definitely writing for the Sunday Times Lifestyle column ‘What I’ve Learnt’.  Last week’s issue featured the legendary South African explorer, Kingsley Holgate who was an absolute pleasure to interview.  The sad thing is I only get to spend a few hours at the most with these people but I try and store the memories along with their words.

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Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards 2011/2012

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2011/2012.  These follow on from the Carter Center Mental Health Journalism Fellowships, which have been awarded to South African print and broadcast journalists for the last six years.

Mrs Rosalynn Carter started these Fellowships as she felt journalists had the power to reach the masses and help break down the stigma attached to mental health.  Over the last 15 years she has indeed reached many hundreds of thousands people through her Fellows, many of whom have won major awards, for their work in print, radio, television, documentary and books.

PfizerPfizer and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) will be awarding two journalists a stipend of R25 000 per person.  Fellows are not required to leave their employment during the fellowship year and are encouraged to choose timely projects that may educate the public and raise awareness about important mental health concerns.

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