Farewell, people of Pietermaritzburg

2017-03-29 06:03
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TODAY is a bitter-sweet day for me as I sign off as Maritzburg Fever reporter after holding the position for six years, to take the next step in my career.

It was in June 2011 that I joined community papers, Echo and Maritzburg Fever, under the guidance of formers editors Dumisani Zondi and Bridget Siebert.

I started as a fresh-faced, UKZN graduate and was one of four interns that started a six-month reporter internship.

When I joined Maritzburg Fever was about to be launched after being rebranded from the Mirror as the Media24 takeover of The Witness was imminent.

For those six months I worked hard and learnt as much as I could.

I was fortunate to be hired as a permanent junior reporter in February 2012. And so my journey here began.

As the months and years went by I began to grow in the company and was interested to learn all about the steps it takes to produce a newspaper that hits the streets.

I was entrusted with the then daunting task of standing in for my editor, Bridget, when she was on leave. She gave me my first opportunity to put through a paper from start to finish.

As daunting as this task was all those years ago, it became second nature to me and I have spent my last month at Media24 as acting editor of the both the Echo and Maritzburg Fever while the various transitions and appointments took place.

The Maritzburg Fever Facebook page is my pride and joy. I started it in 2013 and it has grown to close on 9 000 likes.

Over the years I have made memories to last a lifetime. From the people I met, to the special events I attended, and of course, the people from the community I’ve helped.

A few weeks ago I found myself reading old emails I kept over the years from the people I had helped, for me this was the best part of the job. To know that you have made a difference in someone’s life and have been appreciated for your work makes my six years here meaningful and memorable.

It’s not often that someone can say they made an impact in another’s life, I am honoured and privileged to say that you, the people of Pietermaritzburg, have made an everlasting impact on my life.

As I leave my career as a reporter I am thankful to every one of you who played a role in moulding me into the woman I am today. I will forever treasure our years together.

I am leaving with a full heart and am excited to begin the next chapter in my life.

Thank you for the love, support and special friendships we’ve built and will continue to share for years to come.

Yours forever in reporting, Nicole John.

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