Ad­ver­tis­ing fea­ture

Talk of the Town - - Neighbourly Notes -

“I am the ‘boss of the men in ed­i­to­rial’,” said re­porter Louise Carter. “The last four years have been wild; it has had very high ups, some lows and it has al­ways had a fair share of un­pre­dictabil­ity.

“I love work­ing in the news en­vi­ron­ment and while the task is some­times chal­leng­ing and over­whelm­ing, know­ing that the right probe on a spe­cific story has led to un­cov­er­ing du­bi­ous deal­ings and ex­pos­ing the truth and in re­turn serv­ing our com­mu­nity. This gives me a great per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion. I’m a be­liever in truth above ev­ery­thing, and I up­hold jus­tice and fair­ness as the pil­lars of so­ci­ety.

“I have learnt that a story can change a life and the grat­i­tude of peo­ple who you have served, is the en­cour­age­ment that keeps me go­ing. Some­times news can be a thankless and harsh en­vi­ron­ment and of­ten the say­ing, ‘no good deed goes un­pun­ished’ rings true. But de­spite this I have grown a thick skin and place a tremen­dous amount of value on pos­i­tive peo­ple, happy peo­ple, in­no­va­tors, en­trepreneurs and peo­ple who drive the world for­ward.”

Cyn­thia Pase has been work­ing at TotT for fif­teen years as a ded­i­cated cof­fee lady, cleaner and gen­eral worker. “I am very happy here; we all love each other and ev­ery­body is very friendly. It feels like a fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment. It’s a fun ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for the news­pa­per in­dus­try and my favourite part of my job is I can sing and dance and joke around with my col­leagues.

“Since join­ing TotT al­most four years ago, I’ve learnt so many things,” said ad­ver­tis­ing co­or­di­na­tor Nox­olo Blouw. “Col­leagues taught me about the in­dus­try and shared their knowl­edge with me. I am sur­rounded by a di­verse team, all in­tel­li­gent and friendly peo­ple. I ex­pe­ri­enced a lot of beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries that will stay with me for­ever.”

“The read­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers and staff are what makes TotT spe­cial. I am also ex­cep­tion­ally proud that we have been in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing staff into be­com­ing the best in the in­dus­try, some of them hav­ing be­come award-win­ning jour­nal­ists at Daily Dis­patch, Sun­day Times and other pub­li­ca­tions. Com­mu­nity news­pa­pers pro­vide the best ex­pe­ri­ence for jour­nal­ists as they have to be pro­fi­cient in cov­er­ing sto­ries from the mun­dane to the ridicu­lous, emerg­ing as well-rounded writ­ers,” says busi­ness man­ager of the com­mu­nity ti­tles Mauneen Char­ter. .




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