Arena Holdings Building at Parktown in Braamfontein Johannesburg. Picture: Freddy Mavunda
Arena Holdings Building at Parktown in Braamfontein Johannesburg. Picture: Freddy Mavunda

Political writer: Business Day

Reporting to: Political editor

Department: Business Day editorial

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg 

Position overview

Arena Holdings has a vacancy for a political writer to write news and analysis for Business Day as well as its online platforms. The successful candidate will have good political contacts across political parties and be able to report quickly and accurately on political events, political parties, the political economy and all spheres of government, as well as provide analysis thereof. He or she will be required to pitch story ideas, accept assignments from editors, and attend regular editorial meetings.

Skills requirements

The successful candidate must have an editorial background and proven skill in writing about politics in English. He or she will be able to work under pressure and on deadline. Knowledge of print and digital publishing systems is also required.

Main responsibilities 

  • Excellent all-round ability in written and spoken English.
  • The ability to deliver accurate work to tight deadlines, for both online and print.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification.
  • At least five years’ experience as a journalist.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong interviewing skills.
  • The ability to establish and maintain relationships with credible sources of information.
  • Good research abilities.
  • A thorough knowledge of journalistic ethics and media law.
  • A valid driver’s licence. 
  • A wide-ranging interest in political and current affairs.
  • An understanding of politics, policy, political parties and government.
  • A broad general knowledge.

Candidates should also have:

  • a wide-ranging interest in political and current affairs;
  • an understanding of politics, policy, political parties and government; and
  • a broad general knowledge.

Personal skills/attributes

  • Be self-motivated with the ability to work within a team.

Qualified applicants may submit their CV, cover letter, two published writing examples and two references to managing editor Kevin O’Grady at ogradyk@businesslive.co.za

Closing date: April 15 2021

Arena Holdings is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Kindly take note that if we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.