Kay Johnstone

Membership Number: SAF03248

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Province:Gauteng (South)

Profession Details

Media:Books, Newspapers, Public Relations, Consumer Magazines
Speciality:General, Health, Wildlife, Academic
Profession:Writer, Copywriter, Editor, Graphic Designer, Proofreader, Subeditor, Copyeditor, Journalist


I have been involved in publishing for a number of years, having started as an Editorial Assistant in London, UK, for a medical charity and publisher - which has led to a special interest in the medical and health publishing fields. In that capacity, I was fortunate to learn all facets of magazine publishing, including writing original articles, subediting/copyediting, and layout. After coming to South Africa, I got into Marketing and PR, which also involved writing and editing, and was then employed at the University of the Witwatersrand, where I was Press Officer and wrote and edited the staff magazine, The Reporter. I took a few years out, when I had small children, to freelance, mainly for Gold Fields of SA Ltd, the mining house. Then I became involved in the SPCA, where I was elected to serve as a Director on the National Council. In that capacity I was, inter alia, drawn into writing press releases, publishing their magazine, and acting as official spokesperson. Eventually, I went back into freelancing for a number of companies, including Caxton on two of their magazines, and also for Media24 on several of their magazines, before being appointed Chief Copyeditor on one of their women's publications. Having resigned from that position, I once again took up freelancing, which I have been doing ever since, working either from home or onsite, as required, in the fields of subediting/copyediting, writing and layout in InDesign.

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