Professional Journalists' Association

Steering Committee


Barry Bateman 

(Pretoria News, Pretoria).

Barry Bateman entered the print industry in 2005 as a student reporter and photographer at Pretoria News after leaving the IT industry. He now works full-time at Pretoria News as a general reporter with special focus on transport and city projects. 

barry (dot) bateman (at) 


Greg Gordon 

(freelance print writer, Cape Town).

Greg Gordon has been writing about business and technology for two decades and is technology correspondent at the Sunday Times, South Africa’s largest newspaper. He contributes to several other influential business and leisure publications worldwide. Gordon consults to local and multinational companies at senior executive level on media strategy and he is a sought-after media trainer. He owns and publishes the Johannesburg-based Media List – a comprehensive printed and online directory of who’s who editorially in South Africa. He also owns inTIME Recording and Video Studios in the Cape winelands town of Franschhoek where he lives. Before the technology bug bit, Greg worked for the Washington DC-based National Geographic as a cameraman. He has recently written and directed a television series pilot for the BBC. 

gregg (at) 


Ray Joseph 

(freelance print writer, Cape Town). Raymond Joseph is a freelance journalist, journalism trainer and media consultant. 

rayjoe (at) iafrica (dot) com

Beauregard Tromp 

(The Star, Johannesburg).

Beauregard Tromp is a Senior Reporter at The Star newspaper and is the current Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Journalist of the Year. He is a former Africa Correspondent and worked on the Cape Argus. 

tromp (at) inl (dot) 


Michael Coetzee 

(The Citizen).

Michael Coetzee is a columnist and Chief Sub-Editor of The Citizen newspaper. He started his journalism career at the Kempton Express, where he worked as crime reporter, before joining the staff of The Citizen as a sub-editor. During his time as Deputy Chief Sub-Editor at the same publication, he assisted in the implementation of the newspaper's redesign, before taking the helm of the subs desk in 2008. 

cicero (at) (dot) za

Monica Laganparsad

(Sunday Times, Durban).

Monica Laganparsad is currently employed by the Sunday Times as a general reporter.  She has been in the media industry for about ten years and has worked for daily news in both print and broadcast. The last few years she spent covering the court beat in KwaZulu-Natal. She graduated with a journalism diploma from the then ML Sultan Technikon, now Durban Institute of Technology. 

laganparsadm (at) sundaytimes (dot)