Newsletters

SAFREA distributes a monthly newsletter covering our news and updates about the freelance industry. The newsletter also announces upcoming events and spotlights member achievements.

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To be added to the list please email Cherry Gammelin at pr@safrea.co.za.  

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The SAFREAN: May Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

What a difference a year makes! SAFREA’s newly appointed exco met for the first time last week, and let me  just say, we’ve got plans. There’s some dynamite energy walking among us and we’re putting it all to good use. Think: a revised rates report drawing from more data for 2018, a plan to raise membership numbers, as well as a fresh focus on our social media and PR campaigns. Yes, SAFREA is running on high gear thanks to its contributing members!

Thanks also to Keith Murray and Kambani Ramano for our stunning newsletter photos this month. If you are a photographer and want to add your work to our growing SAFREA image library, please get in touch with our social media manager, Laura Dubber. To find out more about each freelancer, just click on their photo. 

Wishing you all a productive month!
 

The SAFREAN: April Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

This week marks the start of our regional AGMs, which means you will have either already received an annual report from your regional chair or can expect one soon. Then, stay tuned for our national AGM, which commences on 27 April and ends on 30 April.   

Want to get involved in SAFREA? There's still time! The deadline to volunteer or nominate a member to serve on Exco is 17 April. Simply email your interest or nominee's name to Bruce at admin@safrea.co.za.   

Remember, volunteers are the backbone of SAFREA. They help strengthen our association and bring positive change. Our membership numbers are growing, as is our reputation. To keep this up, we need your help!  

I’m looking forward to the great energy and added value of our new regional and executive committee members. Wishing you all a great AGM and a productive April!  

The SAFREAN: March Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

Our April AGM is fast approaching, which is an exciting time for SAFREA. We will be electing new regional and executive committee members - and we want you to get involved!

SAFREA is built on the passion of its volunteers. This is your chance to join the team, and help our organisation grow even more in 2017. If you're interested in getting involved - or you know a member who you'd like to nominate, please get in touch. For regional committee volunteers, you can contact your local chair here. For executive volunteers, please get in touch with me or Bruce admin@safrea.co.za.
  
Now that the year is in full swing, we are happy to report that our membership is growing - and that includes student members. In efforts to better understand how we can serve our younger members, we've recently conducted a student survey. The results show the next generation of freelancers to be highly motivated and enthusiastic. Great news! We want to continue to foster this attitude with a mentorship programme for student members. Those interested in taking part and sharing your skills and experiences should email me directly.
 
I hope you are looking ahead with great enthusiasm at this next year with SAFREA. Here's to a fruitful March.

The SAFREAN: February Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

Can you believe it's already February 2017? In the mad rush that is the first few weeks of the new year, I encourage you to take a few minutes to enjoy being a freelance media professional. Even if it's just one project a month that gets you smiling - take it on. Let it remind you why you got into the industry in the first place.

Like everyone else, SAFREA has had a busy start to the year. Our first annual Freelance Media Industry and Rates Report has received quite a bit of media coverage. And thanks to you, it's been shared across multiple social media platforms. Not only does this report give us the opportunity to talk about SAFREA, but it also draws attention to the realities of being in this business.

If you haven't read the full report, you can check out the press release plus all the great coverage we've received via BizCommunity, Media Update, SAFM and The Marketing Site to name a few, in our SAFREA in the News 

Lastly, if you're a student member of SAFREA, please take a moment to fill out this survey, here. Your answers will help us gain valuable insights as to what you expect from SAFREA and how we can best assist you. Deadline is this Friday (10 February) so please do it today!

Looking ahead to the rest of this year, we hope to continue getting the SAFREA name out there, to bring in new members and to support the freelance industry. That said we want to say thanks to you - we appreciate all that you do as members to make SAFREA a great organisation.

Here's to a productive and enjoyable month!

The SAFREAN: SAFREA December Newsletter

You are reading the final SAFREA newsletter for 2016! 

As we sign off from what has been an eventful year, to say the least, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the well-wishes on the birth of our son, Oliver. So far, it’s been a crazy happy adventure, and I know it’s just beginning. 

I hope this year has been a productive one for you and that SAFREA has contributed to your successes in some way. As an organisation committed to providing advocacy and support to its members, SAFREA has become the most reliable resource for media freelancers in South Africa. My wish for next year is that we continue to feel proud of this incredible community we’ve built. 

If you know a freelancer who would benefit from joining SAFREA, consider purchasing an annual membership for them – it makes a great holiday gift. If you'd like to sponsor a new member, please get in touch with Bruce at admin@safrea.co.za

Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into this year. I look forward to 2017 and all that it brings.

The SAFREAN: SAFREA November Newsletter

 
I imagine we're all in the same freelancing boat here, rushing around trying to chase down what's left of this year.

Even though there are just a few short weeks left of the year, I'm pleased to be able to say that SAFREA continues to grow:

Our membership numbers are up, our event attendance is improving and Safreans are getting noticed! By the way, if you haven't read SAFREA member James Oatway's interview with our new partner Media Update in their newsletter, be sure to check our SAFREA in the News section below. James was recently awarded the Mohamed Amin Photographic Award at the 2016 CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards. 

We have some great end-of-year regional events that you should definitely mark in your calendar – remember, these events provide a fantastic opportunity for you to network and find possible new work for 2017. We also have a couple great reviews of recent regional events that you can catch up on if you missed out. See more info below.

Also, be sure to read SAFREA's latest press release that rejects calls made by media outlets for 'volunteer' writers. 


And keep an eye out for SAFREA's first annual SA Freelance Industry & Rates Report, which will be released in the new year. The report looks deeper into the media freelance industry and just how much employers are paying for our services.

I'm sure everyone is feeling pretty tired and trampled on and ready for vacation, but we don't have long to go now. Here's to one last push, Safreans. Happy November!

The SAFREAN: October Newsletter

I can't believe how fast this year is flying by. What a privilege it is to continue to be able to write about SAFREA's achievements on a monthly basis. I hope you'll take a minute to read about all that  we've been up to.

I'm excited to announce that we have an official 'legal partner' at SAFREA. 
Legalese, a South African creative legal agency, provides packages for freelancers that cover consultation, terms of engagement (i.e. contracts and other legal advice/documents), as well as IP protection consultation and strategy. They also produce content on freelance-relevant legal topics and support:. We're looking forward to what this partnership will mean for SAFREA members. Keep an eye out for developments as things heat up! 

SAFREA members have been hard at work finalising our new Rates Card with the support of SAFREA executive committee member, Bazil Raubach. Stay tuned!

The Western Cape is putting on a great regional event this month. If you're in town at the end of October, you won't want to miss our #PitchThisStory event in Langa. Check out the details in our 'upcoming events' section, below. Also, see our 'SAFREA in the news' section to read our press release on the event.

If you're scratching your head, wondering who's behind all these great initiatives, it's time to realise the truth: it ain't Santa.

Guys! It's SAFREA members, just like you and me, volunteering their time to move this association forward. So, if you'd like to kick you relationship with SAFREA up a notch, we encourage you to speak to your regional committees to see how you can become more active as a member. And, if you're keen to join your regional committee, get in touch with them. I know they'd love to have you. See the list of regional committee members, here.

Remember, SAFREA is exactly what WE put into it.
 

Wishing you all the best, and looking forward to another groundbreaking month for all SAFREA freelancers!

The SAFREAN: SAFREA September Newsletter

I’m feeling quite energised from this past month which saw some great SAFREA initiatives being actioned. As our organisation begins to make waves, I want to be sure you’re all aware of the part you play in the success we’re seeing. There's enthusiasm geared towards regional events and a sense of pride around our organisation as a whole. I'm thrilled to say it's really starting to have a positive effect.

See what we've been up to in the September issue of The SAFREAN!

The Safrean: SAFREA August Newsletter

I have to say I'm feeling pretty proud to have my name next to SAFREA these days. I hope you are too. With our new logo and updated website, we're working hard to bring our organisation into the limelight. We want to make SAFREA the first place South African media freelancers turn for advocacy and support. With your help, we're growing SAFREA into an association of the future. So, please, share regional and national events with your friends and colleagues!

Remember, SAFREA is run by volunteers, and we're always interested in finding ways to improve what we do. Please get in touch with us if you have comments or questions – we take all of our members' input seriously.

In the meantime, have a look at the great highlights we're sharing in the August edition of The Safrean!

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