Farewell to our editor, Bridget Siebert

2017-03-01 06:02

AFTER a decade and a half, Maritzburg Fever bids a fond farewell to its editor Bridget Siebert.

Siebert has a long history at The Witness, starting her career in Grade 11 when she wrote for the youth supplement High 5.

At the time, The Witness were looking for freelance youngsters with a passion for writing to head up the publication, which she did.

When she finished school, she went overseas to au pair but continued writing for the paper about her experiences during her stay in America. On her return, she worked at a few random jobs around town before being hired as a junior journalist at The Witness when she was 21.

“I was the health and education reporter. Back then we were thrown in the deep end; it was either sink or swim. It was the best way to learn! And I definitely learnt from the best - Yves Vanderhaeghen and John Conyngham. I owe my excellent grounding in my career to them,” she said.

After two years in this role, Siebert was appointed editor of the local newspaper The Mirror. In 2011, the paper was rebranded to The Maritzburg Fever.

“The best part of my job has been the people - both at work and in the community - who have been so supportive over the years. The last five years have been the best. I have really worked with such a wonderful team - Nicole John, Tayla Holtz, Cheryl Moig, Neil Tapinos, Justin Watson, Valene Govender - I could go on and on. They have all been such a fantastic support system,” said Siebert.

In July 2016, Siebert was appointed as Publishing Manager of Maritzburg Fever and Maritzburg Echo.

“This move was completely out of my comfort zone because it involved working with the business side of the unit. And working with figures, as any good journalist knows, really isn’t in our repertoire! It was however a good challenge for me and broadened my perspective,” she said.

Making the decision to move was not an easy one for Siebert, however an opportunity arose for her to venture out into something new with her cousin and, after 16 years, she took the leap of faith to try something new.

“I just want to say thank you so much to everyone who has supported me over the years, I have made so many friendships and have had many laughs. Pietermaritzburg is my home and I am looking forward to seeing it from a fresh perspecitve - on the other side of the newspaper,” said Siebert.

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