|City:||Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria|
|Media:||Radio, Advertising, Books, Newspapers, Public Relations, Television|
|Speciality:||News, Politics, Academic, Education, Profiles, Training, Television|
|Profession:||Writer, Copywriter, Editor, Photographer, Photojournalist, Trainer/Lecturer, Proofreader, Translator, Subeditor, Project Manager, Researcher, Script Writer, TV/Video/Film Producer, Broadcaster, Copyeditor, Journalist|
Kobus Schoeman - media practitioner
Kobus Schoeman is a news junky who spent ten years (1984 – 1994) in television broadcasting before embarking on a freelance journalism career, which included teaching and training journalism and media skills locally and internationally. At the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) television news department he enjoyed the adrenaline rush of television news deadlines, scripting and producing live TV news bulletins (English and Afrikaans), and producing current affairs features and executive producing the breakfast show Good Morning South Africa (GMSA).
Skills and experience acquired at the SABC equipped Kobus Schoeman to embark on a nine-year freelance career in journalism, working in all media – radio, television, print (including photojournalism). With this depth of knowledge and media experience, he established the three-year journalism Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pretoria in 2003 before pursuing an exciting work experience opportunity in New Zealand (2008).
In New Zealand, he initially headed up a journalism and creative writing course at the Wairiki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. This was followed by a stimulating four years as course director for the film and television production qualification at South Seas Film, Television Production and Animation School in Auckland. The standard of vocational media training at this institution has landed graduates prime media roles over more thant 20 years with among others Sir Peter Jackson’s film projects, international feature film and documentary productions, the New Zealand public broadcaster, Sky TV, CNN (Atlanta and Hong Kong), Al Jazeera and the BBC in London.
In 2014 Kobus Schoeman returned to South Africa when a grandson was diagnosed with Burkitt's leukemia. Following 12 months of rigorous chemotherapy and another year of maintenance chemotherapy, the young man has since recovered to such an extent that he attended grade R in 2016 and started grade one in 2017. Since then he has been a bouncy, buoyant, healthy and happy boy - bringing lots of joy to his family and friends.
Kobus Schoeman continues to pursue a freelance career in the media industry.