If you can record great sound and use it to tell a long-form story, then you could be our person.

The Bhekisisa Mail & Guardian Centre for Health Journalism is looking for freelance radio journalists or podcast producers with at least five years experience to produce high quality, sound-rich, public broadcast-style podcasts of between 4 and 7 minutes.

Bhekisisa focuses on solutions-based narrative journalism, and we’re looking for producers who can pair strong narratives with science in podcasts that use natural sound to bring these stories to life.

If you can’t get enough of podcasts like those from Radio Lab and National Public Radio and want to help pioneer this same kind of quality here at home, this might be an opportunity for you.

Job description:

  1. Actively pitch regular solutions-based ideas for podcasts
  2. Produce 4 to 7 minute podcasts once a month for Bhekisisa. All podcasts must include at least two instances of natural sound, at least one case study and two experts
  3. Podcasts must be solidly researched, meaning that you have used peer-reviewed studies or credible reports to source the information contained in your pieces. These references, including hyperlinks and relevant documents, must be handed in alongside finished podcasts not only for publication but also fact checking
  4. Successful candidates will be expected to record and edit podcasts without help and to transcribe all recorded interviews of which Bhekisisa will require a record


  1. At least five years public radio or podcast producing experience in the journalism field
  2. Applicants must provide their own broadcast quality recording equipment and editing software
  3. Candidates should be proficient in Adobe Audition
  4. Past experience in health, science or solutions-based reporting will be an added advantage
  5. Candidates must be based in South Africa and have legal permission to work in the country

To apply, please send your CV with three contactable references, cover letter and a link to three examples of 3-5 minute radio packages you have produced to health@mg.co.za. Please note that all radio package examples must include natural sound. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For any questions, please contact Bhekisisa Programme Associate Roz Daniels on 011 250 7300

Applications close on 1 June 2017