Shelagh says she can't imagine ever leaving the media industry.
Media24’s HR head Shelagh Goodwin has been nominated for the CHRO Awards, which will be taking place on 27 November 2019. Shelagh is an industrial psychologist that has been a part of Media24 for close to 20 years and with parent company Naspers for much longer. In that time, she has taken on the responsibility of executive development and has been involved in the development and implementation of an integrated Talent Management strategy for the core business disciplines (editorial, sales, marketing & leadership), based on the implementation of the leadership pipeline.
In this CHRO SA article, Shelagh talks about how she feels personally attached to the employees of Media24 and can’t imagine ever leaving the media industry as she believes that journalists do important work and she loves the creativity,
“I appreciate so much about the people here. Many of them are reporting on political issues. They are taking a physical risk and the people who write about crime stories are often known to gangsters, especially in smaller communities. Sometimes we even need to arrange for bodyguards. The courage and integrity with which our people do their jobs is an inspiration to me.”
Every now and then, Shelagh becomes a writer and publisher herself, when she pens posts detailing her culinary exploits from around the world on her blog, The Waving Cat, named after a kitschy, feline statuette from South East Asia with a waving paw that draws good luck (or waves away bad luck) with a battery-operated paw.
“I started the blog as a souvenir for myself, but I also enjoy giving travel tips and love to give recommendations,” says Shelagh.
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