Journalist

Full-time
Journalist/Joernalis- Worcester Standard
Media24
Worcester, Western Cape
Permanent

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Posted 15 June 2021 – Closing Date 21 June 2021

Job Details

Job Description

Worcester Standard, proud source of news and information in the Boland region, has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic general journalist in its Worcester office. The successful candidate will be required to produce relevant, compelling and factually correct news and feature content for the weekly publication as well as its online web- and mobisites.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Investigate and research articles
  • Write quality sport, news and feature articles, adhering to strict deadlines.  (The journalist may have to be responsible for the sports beat, as deemed necessary)
  • Create target-market-specific articles
  • Generate feature ideas
  • 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
  • Proofreading of articles
  • Generate and liaise with a network of contacts to assist with research or completion of articles/features
  • May be required to complete layout and other production related tasks, take photographs and produce content for online and other platforms

Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to write fluently in Afrikaans and English
  • Creativity
  • Ability to work under extreme pressure and adhere to strict deadlines
  • Good time management and the ability to multi-task effectively and follow through
  • Sound news judgment
  • Detail and quality orientation
  • Good people skills
  • Good decision making abilities
  • Persistence/results orientation
  • Questioning and listening skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Resilience and initiative

Requirements:

  • Diploma or degree in Journalism, Languages or Media Studies
  • Experience writing for a newspaper or magazine
  • Good general knowledge of particular target market of the publication
  • Knowledge of sport, topical issues and current affairs
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proficient in relevant computer software packages and application
  • Passion for media, knowledge of current affairs

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