Janine Lazarus

Founder and Owner of Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy.
Location:Johannesburg, South Africa

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Janine Lazarus is a South African journalist and interviewer of top names in the news, public figures and celebrities. Follow @JanineLazarus on Twitter.
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Karibu Zanzibar!

When the East African paradise of the Spice Islands is the idyllic destination for facilitating a talent management development programme, long days of communications coaching are nothing to complain about...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 3 days ago

Breakfast in Beirut

It struck me as I was eating my Shakshoukah for breakfast - a tasty Lebanese twist on our rather dull scrambled eggs - that Lebanon, not unlike South Africa, may boast loudly about its free press, but their newspapers aren't much more than 'viewspapers'...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 8 Mar 2016

To hell with complacency!

I am sick of it. Absolutely and utterly done. If one of my compatriots in the media gets charged just one more time with covering only the bad news and doing diddly squat for nation-building, I think I might blow a gasket...

By Janine Lazarus 3 Nov 2015

The predictability of government communicators

Let's face it: Ranting and raving, however injured one might feel, tends to switch people off. All the more so if you hold a position in government...

By Janine Lazarus 15 May 2015

The script of the Western news media

Are African lives worth a whole lot less than the lives of people in other parts of the world? But more to the point, are African journalists doing a better job than their Western peers in covering the continent?...

By Janine Lazarus 4 Feb 2015

Shooting from the lip

This year, I've been invited to shoot from the lip at the IABC Africa Conference which kicks off in Cape Town on Wednesday, 15 October.

By Janine Lazarus 14 Oct 2014

The JSE lends its financial muscle to messaging

With 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...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 10 Jul 2014

Sleazeball marketing... or not?

On the eve before the world's TV cameras will be allowed for the first time into a courtroom to televise the trial of legendary Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, a dubiously innocuous marketing tactic on the part of a Cape Town bakery was called publicly into question.

By Janine Lazarus 4 Mar 2014

Invoking the wrath of the gods

Isn'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.

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 31 Jan 2014

Nudge: A new communications tactic

Set 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.

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 15 Jan 2014

Rolling with the punches

While 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.

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 1 Jul 2013

No news is bad news

I recently received a petition calling for the review of the Secrecy Bill. I didn't need to read any further before adding my name - and a strong comment - to the spiraling number of citizens of this country who are entirely against a Bill that threatens fundamental rights like the freedom of speech.

By Janine Lazarus 24 May 2013

From hero to zero

It must be onerous to be clothed in the mantle befitting a public figure with your every move held under question, your every word sliced, diced and bisected, and your every appearance thrown into the harsh glare of the public spotlight.

By Janine Lazarus 18 Feb 2013

Dirty words

I don't know if, like me, you need to abscond from the daily grind of work, traffic, political upheaval and questionable government service delivery with the odd television fix. Maybe your poison falls more along the lines of late afternoon family soapies, the more cerebral documentaries, or even the never-ending slapstick comedy fare that that our state broadcaster churns out like a sausage machine.

By Janine Lazarus 3 Dec 2012

One man's meat, another man's poison

I am hopelessly infatuated with news. It's been a 28-year tempestuous love affair and one that I don't think I will ever get over. Captivating headlines, startling images and spicy stories leave me all at once breathless and adrenalised, infuriated and heartbroken. And I wouldn't swop these highs and lows for the world. I'd feel so much poorer without the rush.

By Janine Lazarus 13 Nov 2012

Putting your foot into it

Face it. We've all done it at one point or another in our lives: Put our foot squarely into a steaming pile of verbiage - and then prayed in vain that the ground would miraculously open up and devour us whole.

By Janine Lazarus 24 Oct 2012

The heady mix of information and spin

It's not every day that you are afforded the opportunity to debate with a government minister live on national radio - especially when the topic under discussion is what works or doesn't work in government communications.

By Janine Lazarus 12 Sep 2012

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