Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy
Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy
Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy
Is there a pure form of South African journalism? - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancyIs there such a thing as pure South African journalism, or is specific country reportage a myth? And more to the point, is it really necessary to train our journalists to practice South African journalism? The news of the day is often portrayed through the eyes of Western ideals and values, but is that necessarily a bad thing? 24 Oct 2014 Read more >>

Is being first with the story more important than getting it right? - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancyHow often is accuracy sacrificed at the altar of a journalist's deadline? Is it possible for the media to balance meeting a pressing deadline with delivering an accurate news story? 19 Sep 2014 Read more >>

Janine LazarusWith the growing focus on corporate governance and transparency, and with organisational reputation cited as the number one risk to companies, it never fails to amaze me how some people believe that they instinctively know how to handle the media - despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary. 10 Jul 2014 Read more >>

Harnessing the power of the media - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancyIf perception is everything, then it makes good sense to utilise the media as a platform to drive corporate reputation. But what if the wheels come off during an organisational crisis? Are you ready to handle a volley of controversial questions from a savvy reporter in a hard-core interview? And more to the point, are you well-versed with the tactics critical to survive an unfolding crisis in a full glare of the media spotlight? 23 Jun 2014 Read more >>

Celebrity endorsement: career suicide - or not? - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancyThe recent election provided a dubious platform for certain musicians and celebrities to market and enhance their brand. Does this type of endorsement stick in your craw, or do you believe that this type of affiliation can only do great things for a brand? 23 May 2014 Read more >>

An ode to my mother and to the tight-lipped language of health care - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancyI've just spent the last three and a half weeks holding exhausted vigil at my mother's bedside in a depressingly busy trauma ward at a Johannesburg hospital. Surrounded by the intrusive hiss of oxygen, the incessant bleeping of life-saving medical equipment, and the pervasive smell so typical of health care, my world closed in on itself. 4 Apr 2014 Read more >>

The power of the media - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancyIs the power of the pen mightier than the sword - or is that just overstating the case? Not at all. Take a look at what a good or bad story has done to certain individuals or organisations. 7 Mar 2014 Read more >>

Janine LazarusIsn't it astonishing how the closer we get to elections, the closer our politicians become to their ancestors? In fact, judging by the way they are mouthing off in the media, I'm almost convinced that they have a hotline to wherever it is that these all-knowing spirits may gather. 31 Jan 2014 Read more >>

Janine LazarusSet aside, if you can, your grievances around the much-maligned e-toll system, and the indisputable fact that the first month of its roll-out in Gauteng hasn't done much for public buy-in. 15 Jan 2014 Read more >>

There are many catchphrases that have heralded in 2014 - and "Show us the invoice!" is certainly one of them. 10 Jan 2014 Read more >>

It's been one heck of a ride! - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancyFrom the extravagant wedding of the President's friends, to the questionable excess of our leader's lodgings. From the loud birth of EFF's Red Beret Brigade, to the decidedly unwelcome roll-out of highway tolls. There's one sure thing: 2013 has been one heck of a ride! 17 Dec 2013 Read more >>

Join Media@SAfm anchor Ashraf Garda and Janine Lazarus at 9am this Sunday on 104 to 207 FM as they chew the fat on the marketing strategies of South Africa's dominant political parties, their campaigns, and what makes them stand out from the rest. 16 Aug 2013

Janine LazarusWhile the nation holds its collective breath over Nelson Mandela's tenuous hold onto life, our emotions pitching along with each exhausting medical update, we needed the light relief provided by the political party mudslinging that also took dubious centre stage. 1 Jul 2013 Read more >>

Last week's training programmes focused almost entirely on the power of the written word and on the rather distinct tonal quality of language. How perfectly apt was it then that American Queen of Pop Madonna leapt - rather unceremoniously - into the media spotlight with her rather fumbling use of the English language? 23 Apr 2013 Read more >>

Tune in to Janine Lazarus and Media@SAfm anchor Ashraf Garda this Sunday, 14 April 2013 when they explore how South Africa's leaders carry themselves and communicate to the wider public. The politicians under the microscope include: President Jacob Zuma, Former President Nelson Mandela, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Trevor Manual, Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Mzimande, the DA's Helen Zille, and General Secretary of COSATU, Zwelinzima Vavi. 12 Apr 2013 Read more >>

Count me among the few lost souls who had very little interest in watching doping Tour de France cyclist Lance Armstrong being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. 21 Jan 2013 Read more >>

I was invited to deliver an informal presentation on Woman's Day to a group of female hotshots from one of our biggest banks. There was no clear indication of topic - just a request for the 'shoot from the hip' approach that I make use of whenever I facilitate training programmes. 27 Sep 2012 Read more >>

Let's face it. There have been several, shall we say, memorably 'flawed' interviews since the president of the country was interviewed for an hour in studio on a leading talk radio station. But fortunately, not all the interviews were uncomfortably live on air. 10 Aug 2012 Read more >>

I facilitated a customised media training session to high-level executives from a South African insurance powerhouse in Cape Town last week. Apart from arriving a harried half-hour late due to an unforgivably behind schedule flight, I was caught in the cross-hairs of the CEO's gun sights as I walked through the door. 16 Jul 2012 Read more >>

I watched the new sheriff in town in a fleetingly short television interview last night. Trying as hard as I could to cut through the rather banal questions and the barrage of hackneyed idioms evidently favoured by South Africa's first black female national police commissioner, I eventually gave up the battle I'd set myself to get to grips with her message. 19 Jun 2012 Read more >>

Listen to Janine Lazarus on Media@SAFM (104 to 207 FM) at 9am this Sunday, 10 June 2012 when she'll be shooting straight about what she believes is the downward spiral of a government spin doctor. 7 Jun 2012 Read more >>

This week, I was among a group of academics, trainers and facilitators who attended an intensive Train the Trainers programme run through the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. And every day, it struck me how refreshingly diverse our methods of communications are - in fact, as distinct as we are from each other. 5 Jun 2012 Read more >>

Listen to Janine Lazarus on Media@SAFM (104 to 207 FM) at 9am this Sunday, 13 May, when she chews the fat with anchor Ashraf Garda over FW de Klerk's rather eyebrow-raising interview on CNN. 11 May 2012 Read more >>

I am so glad to be an African. A realisation born not just at this point in time, but one that has been deeply entrenched after a whirlwind visit to Shanghai. Give me the wide open spaces, the blue skies and the unique smell of the highveld after a thunderstorm anytime over China's seething masses of humanity. 4 May 2012 Read more >>

Ok. So Nedbank chairman Reuel Khoza and government are at last smoking the peace pipe after an entirely unnecessary public spat two weeks ago. We are told - unconvincingly, I might add - that the meeting between Mr Khoza and ANC secretary-general Gwede Matashe "resolved what was perceived as a stand-off". And that is exactly where the problem lies: Perception. 19 Apr 2012 Read more >>

I learned a life's lesson two weeks ago, but have been having some difficulty with putting my thoughts into words - not a familiar feeling as I make a living from engaging in dialogue. But the nature of this discourse is painfully different. It's the language of man's unspeakable cruelty. 4 Apr 2012 Read more >>

The more things change, the more they stay the same. 16 Mar 2012 Read more >>

I got caught in the Velvet Sky airline fiasco on Monday last week, and was faced with the huge inconvenience of having to change my return flight to Johannesburg to the following day - a challenging task, given the fact that I had a 9am client meeting in Sandton. 5 Mar 2012 Read more >>

My eyes opened in Pakistan. I flew into Karachi last week with a mixture of emotions, not least of which was distinct, palpable unease. As a journalist, I know that bad news sells, but I also know that there's no smoke without fire. 22 Feb 2012 Read more >>

With TopTV's CEO, Vino Govender being abruptly removed this week from office after pressure was placed on the board on TopTV's umbrella company, On Digital Media, over the station's porn channel, the fall-out of poorly handled messaging - particularly in times of a crisis - can never be underestimated. 3 Feb 2012 Read more >>

On Sunday, 22 January 2012, Janine will be talking about Political Communication, and how Politicians Communicate on the popular Media@SAfm show with Ashraf Garda. 20 Jan 2012 Read more >>

The magic in lazy end-of-year holidays - for me, at least - is in the simple deliciousness of being bone idle. Alarm clocks that are strictly verboten allowing for late lie-ins, scrumptious brunches and cat naps afterwards with your favourite read left half open on your happily bloated stomach. 19 Jan 2012 Read more >>

The 17th United Nations conference on climate change is coming to an end in Durban, with arguments having been thrashed out to breaking point around the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. 8 Dec 2011 Read more >>

Never has a kiss achieved more media coverage than when Rhett Butler locked lips with Scarlett O'Hara as he swept her up the stairs in Gone with the Wind. But the manipulated images of world leaders locked in passionate embraces, conjured up by Italian fashion firm Benetton, wins any kissing contest hands down. 23 Nov 2011 Read more >>

Over the past few years, I've been invited to speak at many events. Beyond just presenting, I've also shared the podium with different speakers and their various presentation styles. 22 Nov 2011 Read more >>

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw 10 Nov 2011 Read more >>

I'm often sent press releases, despite the fact that I don't work in newsrooms anymore. I suppose old habits die hard... It still astounds me though how much copy comes through that isn't even close to being newsworthy. 28 Jun 2011 Read more >>

OK. So you've learnt the Media Training basics. You may not welcome the thought of an interview, but you pretty much understand the rules of engagement. You are also uncomfortably aware that once you say something, it's out there and can't be taken back. 27 Jun 2011 Read more >>

While the ANC may have survived its onslaught in various protest-ridden municipalities to clinch victory in last week's local government elections, the party would be well served to brush up on its crisis communication skills. 9 Jun 2011 Read more >>

Build rapport with the media: Working with the media is about building relationships. Reporters are usually not experts at subjects they cover - they depend on the people they interview, as well as on the research they do to provide them with the information they need. 8 Jun 2011 Read more >>

It doesn't happen often, but there has been the odd and rather stressful occasion when I've been asked by a client to prepare a new spokesperson for an interview with the press in less than 15 minutes. 4 May 2011 Read more >>

Sometimes, people just don't think through what they're saying. That's especially true for those overused, tired phrases that are buried so deeply in our subconscious that we seem to regurgitate them with little cooperation from our brain. 18 Feb 2011 Read more >>

"No comment is a splendid expression. I'm using it again and again." Winston Churchill 31 Jan 2011 Read more >>

There is one over-arching and oft-repeated gripe from my Media Training clients - and that is that they don't trust the media as reporters use devious tactics to catch them off guard. 19 Jan 2011 Read more >>

Put your media trainer in the hot seat! - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancySo, you've identified the need for a Media Trainer. There's a message your company spokesperson needs to get out there, or there's something uncomfortably controversial that needs to be communicated before it is misconstrued. 13 Jan 2011 Read more >>

I've watched the media coverage of our flamboyant new national police commissioner Bheki Cele with mild amusement only because to my mind, he dresses with the very same panache as only the smoothest bosses of organised crime have become familiar for. 28 Aug 2009 Read more >>

When advising stakeholders on impending change and its associated ramifications, it becomes critical to make use of the right channels to communicate, communicate, communicate. 27 Aug 2009 Read more >>

OK. So you've learnt the Media Training basics. You may not welcome the thought of an interview, but you pretty much understand the rules of engagement. You are also uncomfortably aware that once you say something, it's out there and can't be taken back. 24 Aug 2009 Read more >>

If you ever get a slight whiff of the fact that trouble may be looming, proper preparation means being able to lead the information flow right from the start. 5 Aug 2009 Read more >>

Chillingly similar to the early stages of last year's xenophobic violence, about 100 foreigners living in Mpumalanga were attacked about a week ago under the guise of protests against service delivery. 29 Jul 2009 Read more >>

A crisis is exactly the time organisations need to be seen to be communicating clear and succinct messages - not ducking and diving from the reality of the situation as so many of them often do. 28 Jul 2009 Read more >>

Art of War author Sun Tzu said: “He who wishes to fight must first count the cost.” 13 Jul 2009 Read more >>

Janine Lazarus will be discussing Springbok Coach Peter de Villiers' outrageous outburst and the ripple effect a message like this has in the media this Sunday, 05 July 2009 on Media@SAfm with Ashraf Garda. 2 Jul 2009 Read more >>

You've mastered the basics of corporate written communication, but the challenge still remains: how do you make corporate publications relevant for their particular niche markets, while making sure that they're vibrant - not dreary - organisational communication tools? 30 Apr 2009 Read more >>

In today's fast-paced corporate environment, a professional who can't communicate effectively, actually starts out at a crippling disadvantage. In fact, no matter how good your idea is, if you can't communicate it effectively, you simply can't sell it. 31 Mar 2009 Read more >>

"A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was." - Joseph Hall 27 Mar 2009 Read more >>

A customised on-camera media skills training programme will go a long way in preparing appointed delegates for the 'hot seat,' while at the same time, equip them with the key techniques, skills and strategies necessary for giving effective media interviews. 18 Mar 2009 Read more >>

In today's fast-paced corporate environment, a professional who falls short on the ability to present effectively, actually starts out at a crippling disadvantage. In fact, no matter how good your idea is - if you can't present it effectively - you simply can't sell it. 4 Mar 2009 Read more >>

The role of spokespeople was thrown into the spotlight on SAfm recently when a panel of communications professionals engaged in a robust debate around the manipulation of messages. 2 Mar 2009 Read more >>

People actually want to read or hear exactly what you have to say, right? Wrong! The real truth, as harsh as it may seem, is that your information is usually not their first choice of activity for the day. 16 Feb 2009 Read more >>

Judging for the prestigious Gold Quill Awards - the highest level of professional acknowledgement within business communication today - takes place this Saturday, 7 February 2009. Sponsored by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Awards have internationally rewarded the work of business communicators for more than 35 years. 5 Feb 2009 Read more >>

The phone rings, and out of the blue a journalist is on the line asking you some tricky questions about your organisation's activities. How on earth do you handle it? How do you make your point to adversarial and aggressive questions? Your company's reputation may depend on the answers you give. 2 Feb 2009 Read more >>

The current financial crisis has put many companies under a glaring public spotlight, with corporate communicators expected to engage in open and effective dialogue on thorny issues such as financial distress, tumbling sales, job losses and even business closures. 20 Jan 2009 Read more >>

Janine Lazarus, founder of Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy, has been invited to deliver a presentation at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) ‘What Works For Africa' annual Conference. 13 Oct 2008 Read more >>

Damaging news reports dominating the nation's headlines of late simply emphasize the critical importance of targeted media and communications training, aimed not only at damage control, but also at communicating intended messages. In a democracy where a government is ‘for the people and by the people', it is imperative to attain the techniques necessary to communicate intended messages. 3 Oct 2008 Read more >>

A Personal Assistant is the first line of contact for an organisation's management personnel and for both internal and external customers. This means that it is critical for them to have the key skills necessary to ensure that each message they portray - in essence, the messages representing management - are effective and clearly communicated to their target audience. 5 Sep 2008 Read more >>

In a world drowning in information overload, it has become imperative to master the tools and techniques of short, clear and simple communication. 27 Aug 2008 Read more >>

The division between PR practitioners and journalists, the issues uncovered - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancyJanine Lazarus' “Face Off! Bridging Communication Frontiers” workshop recently took place in Sandton. On the panel was Jacob Ntshangase, Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, Rich Mkhondo, an independent Marketing Communications Strategist and Janine Lazarus, founder of Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy. 20 Aug 2008 Read more >>

Designed to provide a solid refresher in basic journalism skills and techniques, this workshop places special emphasis on applying these skills creatively within the corporate environment. 5 Aug 2008 Read more >>

Today's technology allows your business to handle more customer service than ever before, but if your team falls short on efficient communications skills, the only thing your organisation will derive from all this technology is a questionable ability to serve your customers. What this means is that you not only lose customers - you lose profits. 29 Jul 2008 Read more >>

In any efficient organisation, often the voice on the other end of the phone is the client's first and most important point of contact. The call centre agent thus becomes the all-important voice of the organisation. 28 Jul 2008 Read more >>

As you know, we work in a dynamic communications industry which is rapidly evolving and developing as various economic sectors and SME markets mature. With the result that the demand and output of excellent communication is higher than ever! 25 Jul 2008 Read more >>

In every country in the world, the media writes for a paying audience. If newspapers are to sell successfully, the issues of their particular audience need to resonate with what the media reflects. 25 Jul 2008 Read more >>

PR success is not just about understanding your client's business and industry, having extensive media lists or client databases. It's about your audience. It's about knowing how to engage them, with factual and reliable messages through timeous and targeted interventions. 11 Jul 2008 Read more >>

Janine Lazarus will be discussing her much anticipated and upcoming workshops on SAfm on Sunday, 06 July 2008 with Tshepo Mongoai. 4 Jul 2008 Read more >>

Any good marriage councillor will tell you the fundamental of any relationship is communication. If you want your union to work, you need to understand your partner and speak to them in a language they can grasp to get your point across. This simple rule applies to the dynamic relationship between the power trio consisting of the media, public relations practitioners and communications executives, also known as “the client”. 2 Jul 2008 Read more >>

One of South Africa's leading journalists and media and communications strategists, Janine Lazarus, has been nominated for the prestigious 2008 Shoprite Checkers/SABC2 Woman of the Year Award in the Business Entrepreneurs category. 11 Apr 2008 Read more >>

Just as an army should always be on red alert and prepared to go into battle at a moment's notice, so too should companies be geared to manage their reputation, deal with often unwelcome media interest, and mitigate the consequences of bad publicity. 9 Apr 2008 Read more >>

Put to the test on international standards - Janine Lazarus Media ConsultancyMedia trainer Janine Lazarus, owner of media training company Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy, recently facilitated a media-driven programme for 10 executive directors at Standard Chartered Bank in Banjul, The Gambia. The result was an outstanding response from all the participants and a 99.2% score valuation accredited by the bank against the international benchmark rating system of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development). 20 Feb 2008 Read more >>

The phone rings, and out of the blue a journalist is on the line asking you some tricky questions about your company's activities. How do you handle it? How do you make your point to adversarial and aggressive questions? Your company's reputation may depend on the answers you give. 11 Jul 2007 Read more >>

About a month ago, I got call from a good contact of mine in the corporate arena who had recently been appointed as communications executive of a well-known local organisation. Desperate for some advice, he told me about the threat to his company of a newspaper story which he was told by the reporter - in no uncertain terms - would do a great deal of damage to both his and his company's reputations. 25 Apr 2007 Read more >>

You are invited to attend a comprehensive full-day Media Skills Training programme customised for media spokespeople, which will take the basic elements of how to manage the media many steps further. Learn how to handle those 'curved ball'-types of questions, cope while in 'the hot seat', and feel a greater level of confidence when interacting with the media in crisis or non-crisis situations. 24 Apr 2007 Read more >>

A customised on-camera Media Skills Training programme will go a long way in preparing appointed delegates for the 'hot seat,' while at the same time equipping them with the key techniques, skills and strategies necessary for giving effective media interviews. 20 Apr 2007 Read more >>

In any efficient organization, often the voice on the other end of the phone is the client's first and most important point of contact. The call centre agent thus becomes the all-important voice of the organisation. 18 Apr 2007 Read more >>

In any efficient organisation, the person manning the front desk is often the client's first and most important point of contact. In essence, the front office becomes the all-important face of the organisation. 3 Apr 2007 Read more >>

In today’s fast-paced corporate environment, a professional who falls short on the ability to communicate effectively, actually starts out at a crippling disadvantage. In fact, no matter how good your idea is – if you can’t communicate it effectively - you simply can’t sell it. 28 Mar 2007 Read more >>

The phone rings and, out of the blue, a journalist is on the line, asking you some tricky questions about your company's activities. How on earth do you handle it? How do you make your point in response to adversarial and aggressive questions? Your company's reputation may depend upon the answers you give.  21 Nov 2006 Read more >>

Seven out of 10 of our captains of industry have very little idea of how to project themselves with any sort of confidence to the media. In fact, according to a recent survey, they break just about every rule in the book. They patronise the interviewer, they are evasive, often defensive and sometimes sound like they have a lot to hide.  14 Nov 2006 Read more >>

In days gone by, when companies didn't like what editors were going to print, they often demanded to preview editorial content, or - even worse - pulled their advertising. In fact, way back when the print media was the dominant force in how people got their information, editorial value heavily outweighed advertising value.  3 Oct 2006 Read more >>

In today's fast-paced corporate environment, a professional who falls short on the ability to present effectively, actually starts out at a crippling disadvantage. In fact, no matter how good your idea is - if you can't present it effectively - you simply can't sell it.  10 Aug 2006 Read more >>

In a world drowning in information overload, it has become imperative to master the tools and techniques of short, clear and simple communication.  3 May 2006 Read more >>

All writers have individual styles that set their work apart. But good writing style is not all about personal flair. It is also about the ability to convey a message clearly. 22 Mar 2006 Read more >>

It's difficult to find work places that exemplify teamwork. Institutions such as schools, our family structures and recreational pastimes all seem to emphasize winning, being the best and always coming out on top. Workers are rarely raised in environments that emphasize true collaboration. 27 Feb 2006 Read more >>

An international survey revealed that people fear speaking in public more than they fear anything else! 17 Nov 2005 Read more >>

People actually want to read or hear exactly what you have to say, right? Wrong! The real truth, as harsh as it may seem, is that your information is usually not their first choice of activity for the day. 16 Nov 2005 Read more >>

The pre-dawn stillness is pierced by the shrill sound of an alarm clock. Groping sleepily for the off button, it's the rather unwelcome prospect of an early morning conference call that gets you hurtling out of bed. 11 Aug 2005 Read more >>

The phone rings, and out of the blue a journalist is on the line asking you some really tricky questions about your company's activities... How on earth do you handle it? And just how do you go about making your point to what is often an adversarial and hostile line of questioning? You and your company's reputation may depend on the answers you provide. 29 Jun 2005 Read more >>

All writers have individual styles that set their work apart. But good writing style is not all about personal flair. It is also about the ability to convey a message clearly. 28 Jun 2005 Read more >>

You've just been asked by your boss to put pen to paper and write a letter to an important client. The possibility of potential business hangs in the balance. Your boss has marked this as urgent, but there's not much time to finish the job. Where on earth do you begin? 28 Mar 2005 Read more >>

Seven out of ten of our captains of industry have very little
idea of how to project themselves with any sort of confidence
to the media. In fact, according to a recent survey, they break just about every rule in the book. 12 Jul 2004 Read more >>

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