Freelance writing, editing & proofing

Gwen Watkins is currently the senior freelance features writer for Business Report & Independent Newspapers and freelance sub-editor for BizCommunity’s on Media & Marketing, Education, Law, HR and Medical newsletters (www.bizcommunity.com). She has been a freelance features writer for both trade, technical and consumer publications since 1993.
In the eighties and nineties, she was editor of Plastic & Rubber News (a Thomsons Publication) and assistant editor of SA Builder, African Building Contractor and Retailing Africa. She was a contributor to Financial Consultant an in-house journal for Standard Bank – Wealth Products Distribution and a contributor to SubContractor, a building specialist magazine, from 1992-1995 and editor from 1995 until it closed in 2004.
Gwen has interviewed across the social and cultural gamut of South African life, from ministerial interviews with Jacob Zuma and Trevor Manuel, to corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, adult learners and spaza shop owners in rural areas.
In 1996 and 1997, she interviewed schools and provincial departments across South Africa for the Presidential Education Africa Awards and was invited to the two Award dinners, hosted by President Nelson Mandela.
In 2004, Gwen wrote the Department of Health’s 10-year review of national and provincial hospitals. She wrote and edited the 2007 Human Capital Management Annual Guide and the 2007 South Africa Business Guidebook. She edited and wrote the first magazine for Gauteng Economic Development Agency (GEDA) in October 2008.
Gwen was the preferred features writer for Specialised Exhibitions’ annual and biennial shows and the Department of Environmental Affairs for more than 10 years. She also covered the annual Independent Newspaper’s Eagle Print Awards for print advertising from 2002 to 2011.