20 Aug #Prisms2018: Meet young judge Simbongile Ndlangisa
By Jessica Tennant
“What has made judging even more exciting this year is for the second time, we invited young communication enthusiasts from across the country to participate in the judging process, and selected 11 of the coolest, brightest minds who brought some really fresh insight to the process,” says judge and founder of the Prisms Young Judges initiative, Palesa Madumo, executive director of strategy at Vuma Reputation Management.
Being selected as a young judge has been incredibly humbling and exciting. Having only begun in the PR industry six months ago, I have a lot to learn and this is how I am making the most of the PYJ programme. I am gaining proximity to very influential people in PR and taking in the expertise and insights they have to share. The judging process has taught me a huge amount on the structuring of public relations campaigns and the way that brands are investing in the practice.
Having started blogging in university, I would liaise a lot with PR companies who required coverage – that is where I learnt about PR and the role that it plays for its clients. I interned at a full-service digital marketing agency once I graduated and my PR knowledge expanded after being exposed to media lists, media manager, news clip and interacting with the media. In 2017, I launched my own PR company [Melenial Media] servicing South African influencers and talents as well as SMMEs.
It has been interesting, to say the least, but it has also been widely informative.
This is the first time I am judging and from what I gather, the entries have been incredibly impressive compared to years before.
Innovative thinking on the part of the agency or PR team, incorporating new media channels and out-of-the-box concepts.
In South Africa especially, young people make up half the country.
It is so crucial to ensure that young people have input in programmes such as the Prism Awards – we are huge chunk of the market that is spoken to and there is disparity between that and the people that actually create marketing material that is meant to speak to us.
New media expertise, fresh approaches to PR concepts and insights into what we and our peers care about and resonate with.
I have learnt more about the importance of fulfilling the brief as initially set out and the traditional ‘i’s and ‘t’s that need to be dotted and crossed.
It would be validation that I have chosen the correct business and have something to offer the industry.
Engaging with other PR professionals, networking and finally finding out who had the best campaigns of 2017.