Junior News Assistant

Junior News Assistant
Cape Town, Western Cape


Posted 25 June 2021 – Closing Date 02 July 2021

Job Details

Job Description

Main purpose of the role:

Compile relevant, compelling and factually correct news and content for a daily news summary in Afrikaans. May be responsible for a particular section of the content, assisting the team in whatever is required including liaison with client teams as well as visual sourcing.


Key responsibilities: 

(The primary tasks, functions and deliverables of the role)

  • Compile and research bulletins for both Netwerk24 and Landbouweekliks.
  • Write quality copy, adhering to strict deadlines;
  • Create target-market-specific articles;
  • 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;
  • Generate and liaise with network of contacts to assist with research or completion of articles/features;
  • Assist with visual sourcing;
  • Assist with administrative requirements;
  • Stand in if other team members are unable to work;


Skills and competencies

(The abilities that the individual needs to perform this role effectively)

  • Able to write fluently in the languages required by the publication
  • Creativity
  • Pressure resilience
  • Planning and organising
  • Sound news judgement
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Good decision-making abilities
  • Results orientation
  • Initiative


  • Diploma or degree in journalism, languages or media studies.
  • Experience writing for a mainstream newspaper or magazine.
  • Good general knowledge.
  • Knowledge of particular target market of the publication
  • Knowledge of topical issues and current affairs; Valid driver’s licence.
  • Proficient in relevant computer software packages and application.
  • Passion for media, knowledge of current affairs.
  • Established network of contacts.

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