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* Layout(Magazine/newspaper)

* Writing

* Photography

* Radio Journalism

* Public relations

* Painting

* Teaching - at University level


My name is Melissa van der Merwe and I am currently in the process of completing my BA Communication and Language Practice degree at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle). I joined the Campus in 2009 and hope to one day be a journalist of note. I am currently the Chief Editor of the Campus e-newspaper, Student 24/7, and I find it hard to contain my excitement when it comes to my future involvement in the media industry. The strides that I have made in the past three years bears witness not only to my academic inclination but also my technical skills and abilities. I am determined and focused, especially in achieving my professional goals.

Within the scope of journalism a great emphasis is placed on written and verbal communication and I continuously strive to become a more rounded media practitioner.

I believe that my academic background together with my enthusiasm and my interest in journalism makes me an employable graduate. Staying true to the ethos of my alma mater, I am rooted in the values of integrity; respect; accountability and commitment whilst celebrating my roots within a multi-cultural and multilingual society. I would greatly appreciate an opportunity to not only witness the internal workings of the newspaper industry but also to join your editorial team – be it for a holiday position or an internship.

Kind Regards


Work experience

Jan 2011Present

Chief Editor/Founder

North-West University

  • Compile monthly newslist
  • Delegate newslist to journalists
  • Write articles
  • Writing of editorial
  • Photography
  • Editting of all articles -spell checking etc.
  • Layout
  • Doing interviews
Jan 2011Present

Teaching assistant for Communications

North-West University
Jan 2010Present

Computer Lab assistant

North-West University

  • Install and maintain new Adobe suite of products
  • Install and maintain of Trados translation software
  • Assisting students with basic computer queries
  • Assisting students with the Microsoft office suite of products

Cover letter


Jan 2009Nov 2011

BA Communication and Language Practice

North-West University


Writing a monthly column in the campus newspaper Writing campus related hardnews articles Editorial Writing a Vox-Pop, taking a topic and gathering opinions
  I have experience in taking photos for the campus newspaper I enjoy taking portrait photos as a hobby I am experience with digital photography  
Magazine layout/Webdesign
Doing magazine layout at 3rd year university level Having practical experience in layout with the layout of the campus newspaper I have done web design at third year university level
Adobe Suite of products
I am accomplished in InDesign and Dreamweaver I am competent in Photoshop  I am competent in Flash