The gsport Woman in Print category has been dominated by Busisiwe Mokwena, who has won three times in five years, but the 2019 version of the Awards category will be fiercely contested by three pioneering women in sports media who have already paid their dues in sports media.
This award is presented to a woman in print who is excelling in her environment and using her position to create powerful journalist content about SA women in sport.
After years of working away largely unnoticed, veteran women’s sport writer Jane Bramley, independent writer Karien Jonckheere and Sowetan journalist Linda Moreotsene have been thrust into the spotlight and are battling it out as the top three finalists.
Pioneers in Women’s Sports Journalism
They have been pioneers of women’s sport for many years and continue using their voices for the betterment of Mzansi’s women’s sport.
With her written work appearing both online and in print, Bramley is not only known for her immense knowledge and articulation when it comes to Netball and women’s athletics, but the veteran sports writer has always been in the forefront of women’s sport, using her voice and resources to ensure that women in sport receives the recognition they deserve.
“I have followed gsport since its humble beginnings. I feel very honored to be gsport Awards finalist.” – Jane Bramley
“I am passionate about promoting women’s sport and the women who take part,” said Bramley, “And for the past few years have devoted my time to netball and women’s road running, which have both brought me great joy.”
Moreotsene has been a sports reporter for over 10 years, covering major events for the Sowetan newspaper and The New Age/AfroVoice.
From the beginning, Moreotsene’s focus has been putting the spotlight on women’s sport.
Moreotsene, who is back at SowetanLIVE as a writer, she finds every opportunity to write about women’s sport. The former New Age sports editor and content producer has always used her experience to promote women’s sport in the best way she knows how.
“The acknowledgement of my effort is humbling and validates the work we do.” – Linda Moreotsene
But Moreotsene was quick to qualify: “However, for me it is the subjects who choose to tell their stories who deserve the spotlight
Jonckheere is Freelance Journalist and PR and Media consultant with close on 20 years’ experience in the sports industry.
She kickstarted her career at Weekly Athletics where she worked as a news reporter. Her line of work involved interviewing top international athletes, writing features, news stories and covering major athletics events in the UK.
Jonckheere has developed into a top writer and reporter across various media publications, specialising in multiple sporting codes.
“I really consider it a privilege being able to do what I love and calling it work,” Jonckheere told gsport, “Especially when it means highlighting the achievements of our country’s phenomenal sportswomen.
“Both Jane and Linda are incredible women who have achieved so much in their careers, and I feel honoured just seeing my name next to theirs.” – Karien Jonckheere
The gsport Woman in Media category has grown over the years and now includes five separate categories including Print, Radio, Television, Social Media, PR and Sponsorship.
To vote for your favourite #gsport14 Finalist, register a free membership at gsport.co.za by using your email or social media account. Voting closes on National Women’s Day, 9 August 2019, and winners will be unveiled at the 2019 gsport Awards at the end of August.
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gsport Woman in Print Honours Roll:
2018: Frennie Shivambu
2017: Busisiwe Mokwena
2016: Busisiwe Mokwena
2015: Natalie le Clue
2014: Busisiwe Mokwena
Photo 1 Caption: Veteran print journalist Jane Bramley smiles in a picture taken at the 2014 gsport Awards. Photo: gsport
Photo 2 Caption: Bramley (above) and Jonckheere (below) will be up against SowetanLIVE print journalist, Linda Moreotsene. Photo: Supplied
Photo 3 Caption: Coming up on 20 years in the saddle, Freelance Journalist and PR and Media consultant Karien Jonckheere is known for her work among South African women in sport. Photo: Supplied