Job Title News24: Deputy news editor
Department News
Business Unit News24
Organisation Media24
Job Type Classification Permanent
Location – Town / City Cape Town
Location – Province Western Cape
Location – Country South Africa
Job Description The successful candidate will be enlisted to set the news agenda for News24 in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal by optimally managing a small team of excellent journalists. They will further be required to have a minimum of 5-7 year of editorial experience and have a relevant tertiary qualification.
Minimum Requirements – Relevant tertiary qualification
– 5 to 7 years editorial experience in an established newsroom
– Newsroom management experience would be preferential
– Experience in an online news environment would be an added advantage
– Thorough working knowledge of news production and the media environment.
Skills & Competencies – Excellent people-relations skills
– Excellent verbal and written skills
– Excellent understanding of and passion for digital media – Good time management and the ability to multitask effectively and follow through
– Problem-solving ability
– Established network of sources –
– Detail orientation
– Planning and organising skills
– Able to work under extreme pressure
– Show initiative and act independently
– Resilient
– Inquisitive
Duties & Responsibilities – Lead and manage a team of journalists in Cape Town and Durban;
– Assist the national news editor in producing the original daily news content of News24, ensuring that it meets quality requirements and meets deadlines;
– Identify and evaluate news articles in these provinces;
– Produce a comprehensive news diary daily from our reporters in Cape Town and Durban;
– Co-ordinate news gathering daily to achieve daily deadlines;
– Identify and develop news articles and news themes;
– Report and investigate news stories when necessary;
– Identify strong follow-up angles;
– Remain on top of news in these provinces;
– Identify and create story ideas and themes on the general news front, including the identification of photographs and other visual material;
– Brief and debrief reporters on stories;
– Monitor the progress of articles and reports throughout the news cycle;
– Keep abreast of local, provincial, national and important international news.
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