RIYAZ A. Patel

  • Benoni GP

Communications Specialist



Writing and editing • Researching • Interviewing • Sub-editing • Scripting • Proofreading • Media relations • External communications • Crisis management • Project management • People management • Speech Writer

Work experience

Work experience
Oct 2014 - Dec 2014

Assignments Editor

Infinity Media

 Boosted ratings by focusing on seemingly ordinary people doing amazing things in their communities
➔     Enhanced output by facilitating  one-on-one coaching sessions with mid and junior reporters
➔     Secured exclusive broadcast rights for acclaimed gender violence documentary "The Lighthouse Run”
➔     Activated extensive network to add diversity of opinion and flair to news coverage
➔     Innovative and collaborative approach to daily and forward planning news diary

Jun 2013 - Sep 2014

Senior Sub


Key editorial role in news planning and production
➔    Identified areas of weakness and developed appropriate measures to enhance writing of journalists
➔    Volunteered time and facilitated one-on-one coaching sessions with mid and junior reporters
➔    Advised senior political reporting staff on the "under currents" flowing in SA and International politics
➔    Ensured lively, sound, accurate copy along with tickers and stings

Apr 2012 - May 2013

Senior Lecturer

Rhodes University

➔    Introduced and developed new concepts such as free-writing and poetry to enhance students writing skills
➔    Coordinated journalism school's writing activities relating to International Mandela Day coverage
➔    Part of steering committee for 2012 Highway Africa conference    
➔    Deputy Editor: Cue online - official online platform of annual National Arts Festival
➔    Built and nurtured relationships with local community based organisations with a view to collaborate

Feb 2010 - Jan 2012

Africa Media Programme Manager

Konrad Adenhauer Stiftung

➔    Provided strategic guidance to country director on overall direction of the regional media programme
➔    Reviewed funding proposals from African media organisations and     journalism education institutions

➔    Successfully negotiated partnership with AMI, resulting in annual gathering of Influential media owners
➔    Developed continent wide journalism educators forum
➔    Implemented first ever Investigative journalism project in a local TV context
➔    Communications and PR including website management and social media platforms

Mar 2005 - Jan 2010

News Sub/editor

Raidió Teilifís Éireann­ Ireland

➔    Provided analysis on issues and trends emanating from Africa for RTE and BBC World
➔    Pivotal role in setting up Ireland's first multi-ethnic radio station, Sunrise FM in partnership with Newstalk
➔    Executive producer for Concern International documentary on World Hunger
➔    Commended by two former Irish presidents for grasping the nuances of Irish life and politics
➔    Awarded prestigious Mary Holland MA Scholarship   


2014 - 2015

TEFL - Teaching English as a Second Language

Global Language Trainer
2008 - 2010

MA International Journalism

Dublin Institute of Technology
1997 - 1997

National Diploma

1980 - 1984


William Hills Secondary School



➔    20 years professional writing experience
➔    7 years journalism teaching and training experience
➔    10 years project management experience
➔    Strong leadership and relationship­ building skills
➔    MA International Journalism