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Janine Lazarus Media Masterclass 2018

Janine Lazarus Media Masterclass 2018

Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018 Times: 09:00 – 17:00 Venue: Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton About the Masterclass Big brands like Ford, KPMG, Enterprise and Spur are just a few of the organisations in South Africa that have recently been engulfed by reputational issues. And with each and every one of these brands, what was sorely lacking during…

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In the firing line – Tips for dealing with the media

In the firing line – Tips for dealing with the media

OK. So you’ve learned the basics of how to deal with the media. And you think you’re ready. The fact is – you’re not. When last did you go through rigorous Media Skills Training? A few years ago? And was it a rather dull PowerPoint presentation with a handy guide book thrown in for good measure? Well, I’ve Got News…

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From attack dog to mentor

From attack dog to mentor

Life is a funny thing. But the one thing it has taught me is that the only constant is change. It doesn’t come easily to most – not least of all to me. It can be a terrifying prospect, a leap into the unknown, and an utterly overwhelming inevitability. I started out my career with laughable delusions of grandeur. Blame…

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The Art of Uncomfortable Conversation

The Art of Uncomfortable Conversation

The proverbial elephant in the room seems to be taking up more space at each workshop I facilitate, with delegates doing their level best to side step and shadow box around it, or to make it their sole mission to steer clear of unpalatable subject matter. But the harder they try to sweep awkward issues under the corporate carpet, the…

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Beware: Cyber assault coming soon, so how to communicate?

Beware: Cyber assault coming soon, so how to communicate?

Written by: Glenda Nevillon South Africa could face a massive cyber assault this year. At a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) and Microsoft event on cyber threats, the IDC’s Jon Tullett said one of the company’s predictions for 2017 was the country could see an attack at “public service level or within financial services. It will be a very public…

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Fake news in a time of half-truths

Fake news in a time of half-truths

Fake news and yellow journalism has undoubtedly become the new norm. From false reports and fake missing friends, to photo-shopped images, government scandals and sensationalism, this scourge has organisations and news outlets fighting for their credibility. The President of the United States has been accused of providing fake news only a few months into his term. While we blindly trust…

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Press conferences: Hard facts or half-truths?

Press conferences: Hard facts or half-truths?

So if adamantly refusing to answer questions from journalists and blaming the media for an unfolding social crisis counts as a press conference, then the whole notion of press briefings is nothing short of a cruel joke. Following last Sunday’s Social Development press conference called for urgently by none other than Sassa Minister Bathabile Dlamini, the key messages that echoed…

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