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CARYN WELBY-SOLOMON

Entertainment and Lifestyle Journalist

Caryn Welby-Solomon is a South African-based lifestyle and entertainment journalist and pop culture enthusiast.

She has written content for various publications and companies. She is a film and television critic for Channel24, a columnist for Tagged Online, and a regular contributor for ASA Magazine, Screen Rant and others.


She was previously a staff writer at Cosmopolitan SA, a brand writer at News24's BrandStudio and a news writer at News24 Africa.


She is the host and producer of the pop culture podcast, What's IGN Crushing On, with IGN Africa. She also publishes the pop culture criticism newsletter, Wildest Dreams.

 
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TESTIMONIALS

"Caryn is a pop culture fanatic and was an extremely valuable member of the Cosmopolitan team. Caryn is skilled in writing for SEO as well as social media management. She produced the bulk of our celebrity content for the website, managed our weekly newsletters and doubled our page views to the celebrity vertical in under a year. I can definitely recommend Caryn as a skilled journalist in the entertainment field and say that she is tapped-in to the cultural zeitgeist and what’s hot to cover."

- Holly Meadows, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan SA

"Though Caryn comes from a digital background first, she always wanted to write for magazines and this combination is unusual and valuable. Good writers, who often gravitate to magazines, are wise as well as skilled. Good writing never dies, it gets quoted, noted and passed on and Caryn’s content falls into that category. This is how she doubled Cosmopolitan’s page views in under a year."

- Jane Raphaely, Chairman of Associated Media Publishing

"Caryn joined the BrandStudio on some great recommendations from the 24.com African team. She didn’t disappoint. During 2+ years of aggressive business growth, she was a rock. Her quiet but confident nature played a massive role in the success of the business. Her commitment to deliver quality, regardless of tight (often unreasonable) deadlines is a testament to her personality and commitment to challenge herself and grow. She is someone I trusted, always. She has a bright future, any team will benefit from having her – trust me, we did. I was also inspired and impressed her commitment to help other in her communities – without expecting anything in return."

- Myles Brown, former Head of BrandStudio.24

 

SELECTED PORTFOLIO

The Latest and Greatest

You can find my full writing portfolio at Muckrack and Contently.

COSMO | AQEELAH HARRON-ALLY LITERALLY JUST WROTE THE BOOK ON HOW TO MAKE IT AS AN INFLUENCER

January 12, 2023

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COSMO | WE CHATTED TO NAKHANE ABOUT HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH MADONNA, HIS TOUR TO SA, AND HIS LOVE FOR FASHION

March 2020

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COSMO | BONANG MATHEBA THANKS HER BFORCE FOR ALL THEIR SUPPORT IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

March 2020

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COSMO |  ‘THE BACHELOR SA’: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE OTHER CONTESTANTS NOT WANTING TO PRONOUNCE QINISO’S NAME

February 2020

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COSMO | WE CHATTED TO MISS SOUTH AFRICA SASHA-LEE OLIVIER

January 2020

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COSMO |  US MODEL AND ACTIVIST ASHLEY CHEW ABOUT DIVERSITY AND #BLACKMODELSMATTER

December 2019

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COSMO | ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’S PHUMZILE SITOLE ON THE NEW SEASON AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION

October 2019

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COSMO | LUCIFER’S LESLEY-ANN BRANDT SPEAKS WITH COSMO ON HER ROLE AS MAZE AND MORE

June 2019

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FANGIRLISH | POLICE BRUTALITY, BLACK LIVES MATTER AND WHY 'THE HATE U GIVE' IS IMPORTANT

July 2018

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THEYOUNGFOLKS | ‘PRETTY LITTLE LIARS’ AND THE MYTH OF THE HIGH SCHOOL TRUE LOVE

July 2016

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FANGIRLISH | EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE DEFENDERS MAKEUP DESIGNER SARIT KLEIN

16 August 2017

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FANGIRLISH | EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ‘AGENT CARTER’ COMPOSER, CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ

31 January 2016

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