The following testimonials are extracts from reference letters written by former employers and teachers. These testimonials were written between 2010 and 2017.

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Highly Reliable … a Problem-solver

Anna worked for me at South Africa’s largest books website, Books LIVE, for a year, and during that time I got to know her spirit of enterprise and commitment to team projects.

Anna is a highly reliable and punctual colleague, a problem-solver who is able to tackle challenges on the fly, and always ready to go the extra mile for her team. She’s also a marvellously creative person, able to express herself in eye-catching ways across a variety of mediums. Further, she is an excellent writer in both English and Afrikaans, with extensive experience in print and digital alike.

Ben Williams

GM: Marketing, Loyalty, Online, Exclusive Books

Go-to Expert on Books

Anna Stroud is not only passionate about books, she is becoming a go-to expert on them as well – as a reviewer and as a person who intrinsically knows publishing and all that goes into getting a book into a reader’s hand.

Jennifer Platt

Books Editor, Sunday Times

Dedicated, Reliable, Efficient

Anna showed dedication and maturity producing a string of interesting stories on a wide range of topics. Anna did a number of articles on the courts, political and social issues, as well as the arts and sports. She took her work very seriously and was always reliable and efficient.

Steven Lang

Editor (former), Grocott's Mail and Open Source

An Excellent Journalist and Writer

One of the most brilliant and interesting students I have taught as a writing teacher at Rhodes. She is academically very smart (being among the top students of her year in the very demanding theory course), she is an excellent journalist and writer. She is also a very nice, warm, personable, human being who has a completely unique approach to the world and the way she produces journalism and writing about it.

Professor Anthea Garman

Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Media Studies Rhodes University

Engaging Personal Style

While she was a student, but also as a fully-fledged staff member, Anna routinely submitted work of a superior nature, demonstrating her command of English and ability to convey complex subject matter to readers who may know little or nothing of the topic being reported. She succeeds in doing this with a personal style that is engaging and accessible.

Gillian Rennie

Lecturer in Writing & Editing, Rhodes University School of JMS

Her Work is of a High Standard

Anna is a quick learner, extremely keen and her work is of a high standard. She is also extremely reliable and punctual. Her skills were impressive when she joined the company, and during her time with us her writing, research and communication skills were sharpened and refined. She is also equipped with essential skills such as SEO, writing for online and social media management.

Jennifer Malec

Editor, Sunday Times Books LIVE