Job description

An opportunity for a Night Reporter exists within our editorial department. The successful candidate will report directly to the news editor of The Citizen.

Purpose of the job:

To strengthen the night news team and to produce accurate and well-written stories daily for publication.

Main responsibilities:

  • Produce accurate and well-written news copy for print and digital platforms
  • Gather news from a variety of reliable sources
  • Generate ideas and proposals for new stories
  • Establish and maintain a network of contacts
  • Be available to work overtime and on weekends
  • Monitor social media to pick up news leads and story ideas

Core competencies required:


  • Talent for writing, coupled with a keen sense of news
  • Keen interest in reading newspapers
  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Journalism
  • Newsroom writing experience
  • At least three years’ journalism experience


  • MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook.
  • Communication skills
  • Relationship-building skills
  • People skills


  • Ability to work accurately
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Deadline-driven
  • High degree of professional journalistic conduct
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team

Other requirements:

  • Valid driver’s licence and own vehicle essential

Preference will be given to individuals who will add to the diversity of the organisation.

Suitable applications with a full CV to be sent to: 

Reference in subject line – NIGHT REPORTER (JHB)

Closing date for applications: 31 August 2015.

The Citizen reserves the right to not fill this position.

Should you not receive any communication from The Citizen, please regard your application as unsuccessful.