Let Benita share some of her newsroom insights and skills, after working for more than twenty years in broadcasting newsrooms in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa. Her half day workshops could be just what your newsroom needs? She can also help your team deal with interviewing skills when dealing with the media. Technology may change daily in the digital space, but people will continue to be your biggest asset.
Lessons learnt in the South African world of news….
The South African news cycle is unique, as the country grapples with a range of stories both here, across the continent and the globe. Journalists cover a range of breaking news and investigative stories including murders, crime scenes, protests, xenophobic violence, conflict areas and tragedies. Reporters are often deployed late at night or early in the morning. A strong news sense and an understanding of the needs of listeners is imperative. Benita was based in Johannesburg for many years – she stayed in regular contact with Cape Town managers, programming managers, show presenters, correspondents around the globe, reporters, interns and of course, listeners. Working under pressure is key, because any newsroom – anywhere in the world – is always on deadline. Let Benita share her insights and lessons learnt with your team…
NEWS EDITORS PANEL ON OSCAR PISTORIUS CHANNEL
In 2014, Eyewitness News joined Carte Blanche in a television first in South Africa, a pop up channel to cover the trial of Oscar Pistorius. Eyewitness News was involved in coverage on radio, television, online and on social media, since the story broke. Benita was a regular contributor on the News Editors panel, hosted by Devi Sankaree-Govender and Bongani Bingwa. This was groundbreaking coverage for a radio news team, who were ‘thrown into the television world’ to cover one of the biggest stories of our time.
WORKSHOP HELD IN TURKEY FOR MEDIA FREEDOM
More recently, Benita was invited with a group of ten South African news editors to visit several newsrooms in Turkey. The editors were invited to meet with their counterparts in Istanbul to discuss media freedom, or rather, the lack of media freedom in that country. The local delegation included editors from Mail & Guardian, City Press, Beeld and Sunday Times.
With Diane Sawyer at the IWMF International Women Media Leaders Conference in Washington, 2011.
Comments from clients…
The Rotary Club of Johannesburg was privileged to invite Benita Levin as a guest of our Club on 3 November 2015. Benita gave us a humorous and engaging insight into the life of a radio journalist, whilst at the same time using personal experiences and events to highlight the ethos of opportunity and how to ensure that these opportunities do not pass you by. She has a thoroughly professional way about her and would equally suit a professional group in a conference environment, as well as a smaller focus group. Her address on managing lifestyle and the ability to manage the stresses and strains of everyday life is well researched and extremely practical. I would recommend Benita without hesitation. – David Crossley Past President – The Rotary Club of Johannesburg