The technical side of things

Jacqueline Van Zijl is the newly appointed production coordinator at Namibia Media Holdings (NMH).

28 May 2021 | People

Wetumwene Shikage

She was born and raised in Hartbeespoort in South Africa and matriculated in 2002. She further pursued her studies at Open Window Art Academy and got married in 2006.

“I married into the broadcasting and film industry and since my husband and I are cut from the same artistic/creative cloth, we complemented each other’s trades and still do,” she says.

Van Zijl’s job includes being part of studio and outdoor events, bringing print engagements to digital platforms, and teaching other employees about photography and videography.

Her day-to-day workload includes capturing studio-quality photos and video editing, technical and creative assistance in and out of the studio, assisting all projects relating to the studio and events involving studio input, and ensuring that project deadlines are strictly adhered to.

She says after only three weeks on the job it is too early to assess her impact. “Even measuring basic progress takes about a month or two,” she adds.

Accomplishments

Van Zijl says in media production things are forever changing, so additional to being flexible, a strong knowledge and understanding of the overall production is key. “My greatest professional achievement was starting my own business and watching it grow into one of the top debt counselling companies in South Africa,” she says.

Challenges

She says effective communication can be a great challenge in this industry when disregarded. “Good teamwork starts with a shared understanding of its importance. Communication bridges teams together and needs to be practised to ensure a team is working smoothly and efficiently. The more collaboration your projects require, the more assertive and intentional your communication should be,” she says.

Van Zijl believes that when a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. “It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively to improve teamwork, thus communication needs to be central to their values.”

For her, success means understanding employee career motivations and aspirations as key to creating a high-performance culture that motivates individuals to do their best work. When individuals experience effective career development through ongoing career conversations with their peers, they are more likely to be engaged, motivated and ready to take on new challenges. She says she has found all these successes at NMH.

Van Zijl says she is open to whatever opportunities the future may hold, especially within this company. “I pride myself in being flexible and adaptable. I think the best way of planning for the future is to make the most of the present.”

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