Paula Maria Fray

paula fray

1. Personal Information
2. Career
3. Education
4. Fellowships
5. Other Personal Activities
6. Awards
7. Primary Resource
8. References

Paula Maria Fray (born 6 April 1966 in Mthatha, Eastern Cape) is married to Des Latham and has three children, Wynona, keegan and David. Fray attended Holy Trinity Primary School in Elsies River, and later matriculated with an exemtion from Athlone High School in Athlone, 1983.

Paula Fray worked for more than 22 years in the media industry; she is currently the director of Africa's Inter Press Service. Fray started journalism at The Star after graduating from Rhodes University. She was the first female editor of Saturday Star newspaper. Fray is the founder and managing director of Paula Fray and Associates, a female-owned media training company. Since 2005 she has trained hundreds of reporters across the media spectrum in South Africa. From April 2003 to April 2004, Fray worked as an operations director for Blackrock Communications. Before that she worked as an editor for Saturday Star from June 1999 till March 2003. In 1997, Fray held the position of news editor for the Star for two years. Fray is also the co-ordinator of the Annual Narrative Journalism Conference in South Africa. Also known as literary Journalism, this is a style of reporting and writing. In 1998 she got promoted to news editor of the Star and was night editor for two months. In 1996, Fray was a news editor for the Saturday Star, where she managed the Saturday Star news reporting team. Prior to that she held the position of day news editor, where she managed the afternoon editions. In 1994 she was the city editor where she managed a team of four reporters covering the city of Johannesburg. Before her days of having the title of editor, Fray was a consumer reporter for the Star, during this period she worked her writing and contact making skills. She is now the consulting editor for the Witwatersrand Business School Alumni magazine. Paula Fray has edited Inter Press Service (IPS) newspaper Terraviva in Bamako, Nairobi and Glasgow; she also participates as a journalist on Terraviva newspaper at the MDGS conference in New York in September 2005. She has served as a mentor for organisations such as E-health and Media Development.

Paula Fray began her educational journey at Holy Trinity Primary school in Elsies River she, at high school level she went to Athlone High School where she matriculated with exemption in 1983. After she had matriculated she went to further her studies at Rhodes University where she majored in Journalism and economic history. In the year 1986 she graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. After graduating in 1987 Paula attended Argus Cadet School where she won the Ollems Trophy as promising cadet student. In the year 1996 she decide to attend at UNISA where she was awarded with a Women and Law certificate passing with 85% the following year she did a short course in Labour Relations Act then again in 1998 she did a short course in disciplinary procedures. In the year 2000 she did another short course in presentation skills. She returned to UNISA and completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the year 20008. She attended other short courses where she was assessed competent in the following: MAPPP SETA workplace, facilitating training, design and development assessments and as a moderator.

In the year 1991 she was awarded with the fellowship with the Japan Foreign fellowship award then in the year 1998 she was awarded by the Poynter Institute, South African fellowship programme, Tampa Florida (Foster Davis award).then received the Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in the year 2001/01.

Fray has a host of Personal professional activities and associations which she is apart of, namely the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF). Fray also finds herself as a member of the Harvard University Nieman Fellowship Advisory Board since 2007 till present as well as the on the Kgolo Trust Board and a member of the Media Monitoring Africa Board.

In 1987, Fray won the Olleman's Trophy for being the ‘Most Promising Argus Cadet. Fray was awarded the Checkers merit award in 1998. The Consumer Council Media Award was awarded to Fray in 1991, followed by the overall Checkers/Shoprite Investigative Journalism. Paula Fray was also nominated and found herself in the Cosmopolitan¹s 21 for the 21st Century: SA¹s Awesome Young Women, in December 1999. In the year 2000, Fray was selected as one of The Elle 30, from Elle magazine

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