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PRINTED MEDIATo all of these people, send a press release and labelled photos (Production, Director, names from L to R and photographer) attached to a personal, chatty email.
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PRESS RELEASE TEMPLATEPRESS RELEASE EXAMPLE 1PRESS RELEASE EXAMPLE 2
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Cape Argus / TonightRobyn Cohen082 9212479cohenry@netactive.co.zaRobyn will place you in the listings, in the competition for free tickets column and she specialises in doing in depth interviews that appear before the run starts. Very supportive
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48 Hours071 888 2633 / 083 791 0433 (both also on whatsapp)editor@48hours.co.za / capetown@48hours.co.zaBoth printed and online. Generally more mainstream. Send them your press release. Press Release Template. Press Release Example 1, Press Release Example 2
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City PressMondli Makhanya (ed in chief). No arts editormondli.makhanya@citypress.co.zaThere is no arts editor so you really have to sell your story to Mondli, understanding the City Press readership which is mostly black.
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Mail and GuardianMilisuthando Bongela (arts editor)mbongela@mg.co.zaYou can submit a listing for the arts column or suggest a story. Faye Kabali-Kagwa often writes articles on performances - they are not reviews. She links the performance to broader themes within identity etc. What she picks up and pitches to the M&G is always based on personal interest.
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Netwerk24Laetitia Pople (national arts editor)021-403 3443Laetitia.Pople@media24.com / lpople@dieburger.comAll the Afrikaans newspapers now resort under Netwerk24, ie we write for the online platform and then the printed versions of Die Burger, Beeld and Die Volksblad will select from the online platform what they want to print. Laetitia Pople is the national editor, so everything is sent to her.
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Distriks Pos (Helderburg)Tasmin CupidoTasmin.cupido@helderberg.comA community newspaper in Somerset West. Both Noluvu and Maryke are independent writers for the paper.
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ObsLifeAubrena Armstrongaubrena.armstrong@gmail.comSpecific to Observatory
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Business DayChristina Kennedy082 4673303ckennedy@artslink.co.zaTend to be more Joburg focused, but it is a national newspaper and they do sometimes pick up story.
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Independent writerYazeed Kamaldien082 6822438yazeedkamaldien@yahoo.comIf he is interested in the story that the production speaks to, he may pick it up as a story which he would then need to pitch to a paper
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Atlantic SunChantal Erfort (ed) / Cathy Stagg (arts)chantal.erfort@inl.co.za / cathy.stagg@inl.co.zaTend to carry stories that speak to the Atlantic side of Cape Town
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Business DayDiane de BeerFrom my observation, she is interested in the big story ie festivals, awards etc. I've not seen much on individual independent productions (Caroline)
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People's Post021 910 6500thulani@media24.comVery local news, and more interested in publishing if the artists are from the area it covers
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DIGITAL MEDIAWebsite
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WeekendSpecialJane Mayne and Karen Rutterhttps://weekendspecial.co.za/jane@weekendspecial.co.za / karen@weekendspecial.co.zaVery supportive. Send them press release and images and they will carry it. You can also ask them to organise a review for you. If they are personally interested (Karen tends to do theatre and Jane music) then they will come. Otherwise they may organise someone like Tracey Saunders or Megan Furniss to review for them
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Daily MaverickThomas von Zahnhttps://www.dailymaverick.co.za/section/life-etc/thomas@dailymaverick.co.zaThey always find the work at the TAAC interesting, although never carry anything. I always send to Thomas and ask him to forward to the arts person Janet. Daily Maverick is interested in work that speaks to social concerns - the average Daily Maverick reader. The reviews that I have seen tend to be on mainstream theatre though. I actually have no idea about what they are interested in. It seems a potpourri.
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Broadway WorldDavid Fickhttps://www.broadwayworld.com/south-africa/You need to register with BWW and then you can click on Submit Local News and load up your press release and photos
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Whatsonwhatson.co.zaClick on Add your Event and load it yourself.
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WhatsonincapetownDaisy Ionshttps://www.whatsonincapetown.comdaisy@whatsonincapetown.comSend your press release and photos to Daisy and she MAY publish it.
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Cape Town Theatre SceneBarbara Lootshttps://www.theatrescenecpt.co.za/theatrescenecpt@gmail.comEmail through your production details as they request them - click on Contact and you will see what they request
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Litnethttps://www.litnet.co.za/litnet@litnet.co.zaLitNet is an independent journal on the internet and a joint venture of Ligitprops 3042 cc and Media24 with Etienne van Heerden as founder-editor.
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The CritterSteve Kretzmann, Mike Loewe and Sarah Robersonhttp://thecritter.co.za/advertising/westcapenews@gmail.com (Steve)Initially Eastern Cape based and so cover the NAF, Steve Kretzmann has since moved to Cape Town. For a fee they will publish a detailed press release and indepth interview. Their rates are on their website - click on advertising tab.
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Between 10 and 5https://10and5.com/submissions/Digital publishing company Between 10and5 publishes a daily website that serves as a curated online showcase of the best that the South African creative industry has to offer. Follow the link to Submissions to submit your event.
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Sarafina MagazineCandice Bernsteinhttps://sarafinamagazine.com/sarafinamagazine@gmail.comOnline magazine that focuses on women in the industry. Candice does in-depth interviews with women in theatre. Very supportive.
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Imaginemag!Amy Gouldwww.imaginemag.co.zahttp://imaginemag.co.za/?page_id=2595An online arts mag. You can either send press release and photos to Amy or go to Submissions page and log on an event yourself. Go to submissions page either way as they have clear guidelines for what you need to send in.
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