Sheilan Clarke

Membership Number: SAF03613

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Province:Western Cape
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Profession Details

Media:Consumer Magazines, Internet - Website and Blogging, Public Relations, Social Media
Speciality:General, Health, Humanitarian, News, Politics
Profession:Copywriter, Journalist, Project Manager, Proofreader, Researcher, Social Media Expert, Writer

Experience

I have been fortunate enough to dip my toes in many professional ponds in such a short time. Currently I am a Communications Officer for a leading NGO in the politcal and electoral field called My Vote Counts. This job requires me to conceptulise and execute a communications plan for our projects including managing social media, managing the website and conceptulising community-focused events. I also handle all media interviews whether for print, television or radio.

I have also been a writer for many online and print outlets such as the following magazines: Balanced Life, TFG Club, TFG ClubX, TFG Kids Club, LIvingspace. As well as online outlets like Live Magazine, Red Bull Amaphiko, Parliamentary Monitoring Group, Mokoya News, People's Assembly and even written, produced and anchored a news insert for eNCA which was broadcast for months as it pertained to student funding ahead of the #FeesMustFall movement. 

I have experience in social media managing and boosting, WordPress, InDesign, video editing, relationship building and maintaining, journalism and parliamentary monitoring to mention a few. With the many different social media platforms and many posts daily, it's easier to manage these by using tools like Hootsuite and Tweet Deck to ensure posts go out on time and at the right time. Tweet Reach is a great way in keeping track of reach and numbers on Twitter. I am well versed in these platforms.

My strong suite would be youth issues as I have plenty experience engaging with young people in each of our nine provinces as well as taking heavy policy from Parliament, and translating them into a more digestable form for young South Africans to engage with.

In addition to all of this, I have been an advocate for various issues whilst working in the civil-society space. My most notable activism was the #FreeToBleed campaign which I started in 2015 and sought to have government either remove VAT from sanitary products or make them freely available. I campaigned in Parliament (Me being a Parliamentary Correspondent helped) as well as at the Union Buildings. The lobbying and media pressure resulted in the drafting of the Sanitary Policy Framework and subsequently the announcement by National Treasury to remove VAT from these products in 2019. 

I am newly TEFL (Teaching English to Foreign Learners) certified and plan on teaching English to foreign learners soon. This is my main motivation for transitioning into freelancing as I intend supplementing my teaching with some freelance work but also on my return to SA, working as a feeelancer instead of joining the full-time workforce again. 

This will my first time freelancing so therefore I am not earning any money from it.

 

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