Mag. Christiaan Boonzaier

Basic

Freiberuflich, Content: Distributor, Editor, Producer, Writer, Self-employed

Abschluss: MA (1.1), Leipzig University (Germany) | University of Wroclaw (Poland)

Cape Town, South Africa

About me

A bit of an – and I’m going to say it, despite being repeatedly advised not to – all-rounder, with over 10 and a half years' combined experience. First, human (with feelings and a killer sense of humour), as well as learner, continually educating myself and championing education for all. Then, journalist, especially in love with the arts and writing about it in the form of data-journalism stories, features, in-depth and investigative pieces, obituaries (grim!), profiles, and reviews. My love for words messily spills over the borders of journalism, though: keen editor and hawk-eyed proofreader of any content, really. Also have a soft spot for audio, photography, and video – content! – which is why I like to combine all these “loves” and have some fun on social-media media, too. Please feel free to reach out with questions, or just to say hello. :)

Skills

Content
German
Afrikaans
English
Business English
Social Media
Social Media Marketing
Social Media Advertising
Social Media Monitoring
Photography
Editing
Copy-Editing
Writing
Creative Writing
Proofreading
Subtitling
Captioning
Research
Archival Research
Journalism
Interviewing
Sourcing
Scriptwriting
Academic Proofreading
Academic Copy-Editing
Arts Journalism
Reviewing
Critiquing
Profiling
Management
Project Management
Advertising
Copywriting
SEO
Producing
Content Producing
Podcasting
Disqus
Muut
Wistia
Descript
Microsoft Office 365
Hootsuite
SocialFlow
TweetDeck
Sophi
Comment Moderation
Leadership
Reliability
Motivation
Passion
Speed
Humor
Enthusiasm
Commitment
Curiosity
Flexibility
Online Marketing
Translation
Language
Facebook
News
Instagram
LinkedIn
Scripting
Twitter
Community Management
Creativity
Empathy
Detail-Oriented
Innovative
Multicultural
Intercultural
Multilingual
Listening
Speaking

Timeline

Professional experience for Christiaan Boonzaier

  • Current 7 years and 6 months, since Aug 2015

    Content: Distributor, Editor, Producer, Writer

    Self-employed

    I'm currently managing a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn profile for Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. In the past, I've also: edited captions for an online educator; conducted archival research for a film and TV producer; wrote articles for various publications; sourced guests for a new documentary TV series; edited two novels; wrote two short-film scripts; and proofread a range of academic work in six countries.

  • 2 years and 8 months, Jun 2019 - Jan 2022

    Arts Journalist

    Media24 | Netwerk24

    I conducted interviews and wrote 1 115 data-journalism stories, in-depth and investigative features, news articles, obituaries, profiles, and reviews about the arts in South Africa; I wrote roughly 7 000 words a week for Netwerk24 (website) and three, Afrikaans daily newspapers. I also enriched and published arts stories in a CMS, and attended news meetings, pitched stories, liaised with the head of news, and worked with page-layout artists to compile the newspapers’ arts pages, in my editor's absence.

  • 5 months, Nov 2018 - Mar 2019

    Proofreader

    The King James Group

    I proofread a range of above-the-line (TV and radio scripts) as well as below-the-line advertisements (banners, brochures, bunting, decals, flyers, leaflets, in-store posters and signage, packaging, pamphlets, shelf labels, stickers, and style guides, among other things) that focussed on work produced for the retail giant Pick n Pay. I also translated various types of published and unpublished advertising copy from English to Afrikaans.

  • 3 months, Oct 2017 - Dec 2017

    Copy Editor

    Universität Leipzig

    I copy-edited and proofread an introduction and 10 academic research articles for the journal "Comparativ: A Journal of Global History and Comparative Studies", as part of an unpaid internship at the university's Sonderforschungsbereich 1199.

  • 2 years, Jul 2014 - Jun 2016

    Digital Content Producer

    Media24 | Netwerk24

    I conducted interviews and wrote articles (news, science, technology); I also translated wire copy (English–Afrikaans). I produced the news podcast "Nuusdag met Niekie" (sourcing guests, writing and copy-editing scripts) and managed Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profiles (posting / boosting content, executing campaigns, analysing metrics, moderating comments). Finally, I supervised as weekend editor (editing / fact-checking copy, processing / enriching stories in a CMS, writing headlines / headings).

  • 1 year and 6 months, Jan 2013 - Jun 2014

    Journalist

    Media24 | Huisgenoot

    I conducted interviews and wrote features and profiles, as well as entertainment, health, lifestyle, and news articles. I also edited a weekly music page, which involved interviewing; writing CD reviews, music-news snippets, and stories; managing a pool of freelancers; and liaising with page-layout artists. Additionally, I managed the Ubuntu Dream Big project, which lent a helping hand to readers in need (identifying readers, interviewing and writing articles, sourcing sponsorships that could aid them).

  • 1 year and 10 months, Mar 2011 - Dec 2012

    Proofreader

    Thirtyfour Degrees South Marketing Ltd.

    I proofread a range of below-the-line advertisements (banners, brochures, bunting, decals, flyers, in-store posters and signage, leaflets, mobisites, packaging, pamphlets, shelf labels, stickers, and style guides, among other things), as well as a few through-the-line and above-the-elements, like scripts for radio infomercials. I also wrote copy for below-the-line advertisements, as well as 34's agency material (press releases, website copy).

  • 2 months, Dec 2008 - Jan 2009

    Journalist

    New Media Publishing | Eat In, Eat Out, and Time Out Cape Town

    I conducted article research for the magazines "Eat In", "Eat Out", and "Time Out Cape Town", during a month-long internship.

  • 1 month, Jun 2008 - Jun 2008

    Journalist

    Media24 | EikestadNuus

    I wrote news articles during a four-week long internship (throughout 2008) for EikestadNuus, a community newspaper.

Educational background for Christiaan Boonzaier

  • 2 years, Sep 2016 - Aug 2018

    Global Studies

    Leipzig University (Germany) | University of Wroclaw (Poland)

    [Subjects] Aspects of regionalization and globalization; IR; economic and security systems; society and politics; Africa and the Near East; Asia and the Middle East, and transitional justice. [Thesis] ZONK! POW! WHAM! Mighty Man to the rescue? Apartheid propaganda in a bilateral comic book, 1975/6.

  • 4 years and 8 months, Apr 2009 - Nov 2013

    Journalism

    Stellenbosch University

    [Subjects] Media history and media studies (theory and methodology). [Thesis] Flashing boobies and naughty no-no's: a media-historiographical overview of the pornographic magazine in South Africa, 1939 to 1989.

  • 1 year and 1 month, Jan 2008 - Jan 2009

    Journalism

    Stellenbosch University

    [Subjects] Journalism practice; broadcast journalism; technical journalism; media studies; media, culture, and history, and specialist journalism.

  • 2 years and 10 months, Feb 2005 - Nov 2007

    Music

    Stellenbosch University

    [Subjects] Music technology; music history; music theory; aural training; music education; accompaniment; ensemble work; practical music studies (piano and church organ); didactics, and music journalism.

Languages

  • English

    First language

  • German

    Intermediate

  • Afrikaans

    First language

Wants

Job Offers
Remote Work
Part-Time Work
Full-Time Work
Freelance Work

Interests

Photography
Travel
Art
Music
Cooking
Film
Sleep
Reading

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