General News Journalist

General News Journalist | News24
Johannesburg, Gauteng


Posted 04 November 2021 – Closing Date 12 November 2021

Job Details

Job Description

News24 has a vacancy for a General News Journalist, based in Johannesburg.


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Investigate and research original content and ideas for news, feature and analysis stories;
  • Write quality news and feature articles, adhering to strict deadlines and News24’s style;
  • Break developing events and original reportage;
  • Create target-market-specific articles and multi-media content;
  • Generate ideas for news and features stories on a daily basis;
  • Adhere to the quality, style and content standards as laid out and required by the particular publication;
  • Comply with the requirements of the South African Press Code;
  • May be required to assist and support freelance staff and junior permanent staff;
  • Proofread articles;
  • Generate and liaise with network of contacts to assist with research or completion of articles/features;
  • Will be required to take photographs and shoot video;
  • Live tweet stories from location as they unfold;
  • Secure newsmakers for in-depth interviews on topical issues.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Proficient in relevant computer software packages and application;
  • Passion for media, knowledge of current affairs;
  • Established network of contacts (over and above official spokespersons);
  • Strong command of English;
  • Creativity;
  • Able to work under extreme pressure and to strict deadlines;
  • Good time management, the ability to multitask effectively and complete tasks timeously;
  • Sound news judgment;
  • Knowledge of the online news environment and digital publishing tools, including mobile video and photos;
  • Knowledge of social media;
  • Detail orientation;
  • Good people skills;
  • Quality orientation and the ability to deliver clean copy;
  • Good decision-making abilities;
  • Persistence and results orientated;
  • Strong questioning and listening skills;
  • The ability to work independently;
  • Resilient;

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Diploma or degree in journalism, languages, politics or media studies;
  • Experience writing for a mainstream newspaper or magazine or reporting for an online or wire news operation or a broadcast news service;
  • At least 6 years’ experience;
  • Preferred would be some experience in producing multi-media content;
  • Good general knowledge;
  • Insightful knowledge of South Africa’s socio-political landscape;
  • Knowledge of topical issues and current affairs;
  • Demonstrable network of contacts;
  • Valid driver’s licence;


Given the employment equity policy of Media24, preference will be given to suitable candidates from the designated groups.