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Dr Maritha Pritchard

Dr Maritha Pritchard
Department of Strategic Communication
HOD: Strategic Communication

Contact Details
B-Ring 618A
011 559 3674
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Qualifications:

National Diploma in Journalism, TUT, 1990

BTech in Public Relations Management, TUT, 2005

MTech in Journalism (cum laude), TUT, 2011

DTech in Strategic Communication, TUT, 2017

 

Dr Maritha Pritchard is a lecturer in the Department of Strategic Communication.  Her published research interest is digital media and she has presented on the topic at several local and international conferences. Maritha has over 20 years' industry experience and has presented several social media workshops for the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa's CPD programmes. She is also a judge for the social media, mobile, big data and digital technology public relations categories for the annual Prisa PRISM awards for excellence in the public relations industry since 2016.

 

Research Interests: Social media marketing, online reputation management, digital media, citizen journalism, cyber security, parody.

 

Achievements:

2011: Humanities Teaching Excellence Award for first year lecturing.

2014: Nominated for the Humanities Teaching Excellence Award.

2016: Shortlisted for the Humanities Teaching Excellence Award.

2017: Winner of the Humanities Teaching Excellence Award in the category, Students' Choice

2018: Prism Awards, Gold, for Student campaign of the year: Door of Hope diaper drive

2018: Prism Awards, Special Mention, for Student campaign of the year: Childreach Boots Thru Boost

 

Journal publications

  1. Pritchard, M., Van der Waldt, D. L. R., & Conradie, P. (2017). Response strategies to maintain emotional resonant brand reputations when targeted by user-generated brand parodies. Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa, 36(1), 1-26.

 

Books and chapters in books

  1. Pritchard, M. (2015). Chapter 11: Digital or new media. In: Clear, A. (Ed.). (2015). Dynamics of Public Relations and Journalism. A Practical Guide for Media Studies. 4th Edition. Cape Town: Juta, p 133 – 148.
  2. Pritchard, M., & Sitto, M. (Eds.) (2018). Connect: Writing for online audiences. Lansdowne: Juta.
  3. Pritchard, M., & Sitto, M. (2018). Chapter 7: Digital public relations. In: Connect: Writing for online audiences. Lansdowne: Juta.
  4. Pritchard, M., & Verwey, S. (2018). Chapter 11: Digital dynamics and relational complexities: responding to challenges in the online interaction context. In: Connect: Writing for online audiences. Lansdowne: Juta.
  5. Rossouw, S., Rautenbach, E., Pritchard, M., & Sitto, M. (2018). Chapter 13: Essential digital business tools for organisations. In: Connect: Writing for online audiences. Lansdowne: Juta.

 

Conference proceedings

  1. Pritchard, M. (2013). How social recruitment requires students to manage a responsible digital footprint.  WACE 18th World Conference on Cooperative and Work Integrated Education: "WIL-Power: Fuelling the Future Workforce," Durban, June 24-27. Conference proceedings, 11 pages. ISSN.
  2. Pritchard, M., Benecke, R., & Van Vuuren, L. (2012). The WIL student as social media practitioner: ethical challenges. WACE 9th International Conference on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education, "Where East meets West and Theory meets practice". Hosted by Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey. June 20 – 22, 2012. Conference proceedings. 25 pages. ISSN.

 

Conference participation

  1. The WIL student as social media practitioner: ethical challenges. WACE 9th International Conference on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education, "Where East meets West and Theory meets practice". Hosted by Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey. June 20 – 22, 2012. Conference proceedings. 25 pages. ISSN.
  2. Convergence: Integrated media planning. Peer reviewed paper presented at the 56th PRISA national conference, PRofiting from a Convergent World, 10 & 11 June 2013 in Centurion. Publication of an article titled: Word-of-mouse storytelling in the converged media landscape in Communika, a non-academic industry journal for the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa.
  3. How social recruitment requires students to manage a responsible digital footprint.  WACE 18th World Conference on Cooperative and Work Integrated Education: "WIL-Power: Fuelling the Future Workforce," Durban, June 24-27, 2013. Conference proceedings, 11 pages. ISSN.
  4. Introducing Twitter to the MXit generation. Peer reviewed research paper presented at the international Social Media in Higher Education Conference with Mzanzi Conferences and Training in collaboration with UJ's CAT, 8 and 9 May 2014, Fourways.
  5. Keynote speaker at the second Social Media in Higher Education Summit, 12 and 13 May 2015 in Johannesburg. Topic: Social media overload: higher education hacks for the real world for Amabhubesi Conferencing and Training.
  6. Co-creating reputation in the age of parody: key considerations for strategic reputation management confronted by user-generated parody accounts on social networks. Presented a peer-reviewed paper on preliminary results of my Doctorate studies at the GBATA (Global Business and Technology Association) 17th Annual International Conference in Peniche/Lisbon, Portugal in July 2015.
  7. The role of digital communication platforms for NPO's to change perceptions about migration in South Africa. Peer-reviewed paper presented by my honours student at SACOMM, 3-5 October 2016, Bloemfontein. Co-authors: Dayle Raaff and Seriane Morapeli.
  8. Maintaining emotionally resonant brand reputations in the post-truth age of parody and fake content. Peer-reviewed research paper to be presented at SACOMM in Grahamstown, 31 August to 1 September 2017.
  9. Response strategies to maintain emotionally resonant brand reputations when targeted by social media parody accounts. Peer reviewed research paper presented at the annual national conference of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa, Leading through Innovative Communication, 4-5 May 2017, Johannesburg.