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New years newsletter 2014

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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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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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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  This is the third year that Pfizer have sponsored these awards, which followed on from my Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship  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.



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.


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.


Newsletter May 2011

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The Carter Center’s Responsible Reporting in Mental Health JournalismWhen I was lecturing in journalism I always commented to my students during a class that by the time they walked out of the lecture hall the world could have changed.  Well in the last few months we’ve seen the fall of political despots and the death of the world’s most wanted man.  News changes minute by minute and you have to stay on top to know what’s going on.  What people are saying about you and your business and how you’re communicating your message, whether by release, articles or social media says a lot about you and your organisation.


Newsletter January 2011

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Firstly I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and to thank all my wonderful clients for their support in 2010.  I have a feeling that 2011 will see a turnaround in our slightly besieged economy.  I could already feel a difference in the second half of last year.

My work has suddenly started taking me more into our neighbouring states, meeting such interesting people with the same media problems that occur in South Africa.  Before I migrated for my annual respite under the mountains in Cape Town I worked with people from Nigeria, Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Angola, Zimbabwe and beyond - and look forward to spending more time in Africa this coming year.

As well as media training, 2011 holds some exciting challenges for me. I’m kicking off the year with a Public Relations Master Class for PRISA (Public Relations Institute of South Africa) on the 26th January.  This follows my appearance as a guest speaker at their 2010 Conference and I’m flattered to be asked to take this further.

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