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Money Cents newsletter’s WAN-IFRA award highlights the heart behind Daily Maverick

Neesa Moodley, Personal Finance Editor at Daily Maverick. (Photo: Daily Maverick)

At the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) Digital Media Awards, Neesa Moodley, Personal Finance Editor at Daily Maverick, took the honours for ‘Best Newsletter Project’ for her personal finance newsletter, Money Cents. The award is a testament to Neesa’s expertise and knowledge about all things personal finance. It also points to Daily Maverick’s status as a global player and what can be achieved when work has a ‘why’.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, let me be the first to tell you about Neesa Moodley’s award-winning Money Cents newsletter – your secret weapon to achieving success in personal finance.

Money Cents covers all things personal finance – something to which Neesa has dedicated nearly two decades of her life. Financial stability can be hard to achieve, and, taking income equality into account, it becomes even more difficult for a significant number of South Africans. 

Compounded by inadequate opportunities to acquire financial literacy, the result is a population that is overworked, stressed and disempowered. In many cases, even those who don’t struggle to make ends meet could benefit from financial advice.

The reality is sad but true: rising interest rates, constant debt, bond inflation, hikes in the cost of living and family-related financial commitments put South Africa at 10th place on the list of countries with the highest suicide rates worldwide. 

As is Neesa’s intention, Money Cents responds directly to these adverse conditions that characterise much of our society. To borrow from author and inspirational speaker Simon Sinek’s theory, Neesa started with “why”.

“As is Neesa’s intention, Money Cents responds directly to these adverse conditions that characterise much of our society. To use Simon Sinek’s theory, Neesa started with ‘why’.”

Cut to April 2024: Neesa’s Money Cents receives international recognition with a win in the “Best Newsletter Project” category at the prestigious WAN-IFRA Digital Media Awards. 

Judges noted the newsletter’s conversational and friendly tone and the element of trust that underpins it.

Indeed, the accolade is a testament to Neesa’s expertise and bullet-proof knowledge. It shows what can be achieved when work is driven by a purpose. It gives our work meaning, and meaning cannot be faked. 

Of her win, Neesa writes: “I’m incredibly thrilled because the newsletter and Money Cents is like my baby – it feels like a labour of love every week. I’m just happy to be acknowledged… the more people we can reach, the better.”

Indeed, the accolade is a testament to Neesa’s expertise and bullet-proof knowledge. It shows what can be achieved when work is driven by purpose.”

Everything we do here at Daily Maverick is the work of a team, so it was only natural that Neesa would pay credit to the incredible people behind the sceneswho have supported her. 

These include our founding CEO Styli Charalambous, events manager Nicole Williamson, John Stupart and Sarah Hoek from our newsletters division, as well as Susie White, Jason Chetty and Crystal MacDonald from our advertising team. And, last but certainly not least, our subeditor Kevin Flynn.

At the heart of our work at Daily Maverick is collaboration and a shared vision – qualities that ensure we keep growing, keep innovating. 

We are honoured to have landed three more wins at this year’s WAN-IFRA awards: “Best News Website”, “Best Fact-Checking Project” and “Best Use of AI in the Newsroom”. 

All in all, what you are sure to find at Daily Maverick are journalists who are resolutely committed to their work and their responsibilities to their readers. 

Truer still, you will find journalists who have a reason to do what they do – journalists who aren’t simply writing about something, but writing for something. DM

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