Leigh Barrett

Membership Number: SAF02598

Contact Details

Work Phone:0798150659
Web Address:http://perspective-publications.com/
Secondary Web Address:www.skambha-village.org
City:Cape Town
Province:Western Cape

Profession Details

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


How much do I love researching? Let me not bore you by counting the ways, but instead say that when the opportunity to research a topic comes my way, especially one about which I may know very little, my senses get all tingly. Possibly the most challenging was being asked to write an article about the connection between climate change and infectious diseases - to be read by people fairly knowledgeable about things more serious than a sneeze. They liked it. Since then, I have also tackled interviews, podcasts, and essays on stateless populations, Bushmen culture, music, and political issues, the often unfair stigma attached to the previously incarcerated, and a lot more. I would be happy to send you samples of my growing list of published articles and links to the various podcasts.

I recently returned to South Africa after 18 years in the USA, where I produced and presented music and news shows on two radio stations. While I don't have a "typical South African accent" (whatever that might be), I am also available as a voice artist. American radio served to round out my media experience, having worked in television and press in SA, adding TV and radio scriptwriting and production to the list of "stuff I can do".

I currently edit and publish a quarterly journal, focused on humanitarian issues, but also continue to polish my blog, detailing the extensive solo road trip I recently undertook from Johannesburg to Cape Town, and am looking to expand my range of topics to include lifestyle issues, social and socio-economic reportage, and op-eds.

Layout for the journal is done on Adobe InDesign, utilising Photoshop and Illustrator, but I haven't met a software program that scares me yet. I taught myself audio editing, and if there was one other "favourite thing" on my list, it would be that.

I am disciplined and an excellent problem solver, with a flair for "out-of-the-box" thinking, and an ever-present positive attitude, ready to dive in and get it done. I am one of those rare people who seriously loves a deadline and working under pressure.

Over the last couple of years, I have created a hobby for myself writing narrative dance productions. They are conceptual, original, unique, and I hope to explore the possibilities of producing them with local dance companies. And yes, they also get researched. I just cannot help myself. It's not only that knowledge is power, it's also about accuracy and ethical reportage, regardless of the subject matter. I bring a lot of experience to the table - it's up to you to make good use of it!

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