|Secondary Web Address:||www.skambha-village.org|
|Media:||Books, Internet - Website and Blogging, Newspapers, Radio, Social Media, Television, Voice artists|
|Speciality:||Columnist, Culture, Education, General, Humanitarian, News, Politics, Voice Artist, Television, Travel|
|Profession:||Broadcaster, Copyeditor, Copywriter, Editor, Proofreader, Publisher, Researcher, Script Writer, Subeditor, TV/Video/Film Producer, Writer, Journalist, Powerpoint Designer, Transcriptionist, Project Manager|
My senses get all tingly when I have the chance to learn something new. I've researched and produced content from an essay about the connection between climate change and infectious diseases (to be read by people who know about things more serious than a sneeze), to producing a podcast on stateless populations, Bushmen culture, or the stigma faced by formerly incarcerated people. I've researched, interviewed, written, edited, and broadcast it all. Check out the portfolio at https://leigh-barrett.journoportfolio.com for some of my published works.
I also took a deep dive into radio during my 18 years in America where I produced and presented music and news shows on two radio stations. This served to round out my media experience: having worked in television and press in SA, radio became just one more thing on the list of "stuff I can do". I taught myself audio editing on Sound Forge software, and if there was one "favourite thing" on my list, it would be that. The boring, technical aspects of cutting and mixing teeny bits of audio and making it sound perfect, would seem to many as exciting as watching paint dry. I get a kick out of it.
Dipping my toes back into print last year, I launched a journal called, 'Perspective: Africa', and you can read the first volume free on my Perspective Publications website. Layout for the journal is done on Adobe InDesign, utilising Photoshop and Illustrator.
I also spent 18 years doing bookkeeping and office administration and with that comes an added attention to detail and accuracy. If numbers tie you up in knots, get in touch!
With all this experience in different fields, I tend to have a flair for "out-of-the-box" thinking, an ever-present positive attitude, a wry sense of humour, and I do love a deadline. After living in two countries for such extensive periods of time, being flexible and adaptable are now second nature.
What do I do for fun? I have created a hobby for myself writing narrative dance productions. They are original, unique, and I hope to explore the possibilities of producing them with local dance companies. And yes, they also get researched. I am also currently engaged in leading a community effort to "Revamp The Valley" - an exercise in urban regeneration for the Fish Hoek Valley area.
I bring a lot of experience to the table - it's up to you to make good use of it!