Hill on Empire, the Tiso Blackstar Group headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg. Picture: SUPPLIED
Hill on Empire, the Tiso Blackstar Group headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg. Picture: SUPPLIED

Here's your chance to join the team at one of South Africa's most innovative publishers.

Group motoring editor

Reporting to: Group editorial director

Department: Editorial

Location: Johannesburg

Overview

Are you as passionate about the automotive industry as you are about driving the latest sports car? Do you want to share your knowledge of the latest issues and trends affecting South African and international car buyers? Are you as comfortable interviewing the CEO of a global car company as chatting in the pits to a racing driver or talking technology with a truck engineer?

We are looking for a group motoring editor, whose primary responsibilities will be to edit Business Day’s influential weekly Motor News section and to coordinate other motoring content and commercial campaigns across Tiso Blackstar Group titles in print and online.

This position will suit someone with recent experience in editing a high-profile publication, preferably in the motoring field, although that is not essential. You will have to work to tight deadlines for both print and online and contribute to Business Day itself and other titles within the Tiso Blackstar Group. 

Main responsibilities/outcomes 

  • Plan, compile and edit Business Day’s weekly Motor News section in print and online.
  • Maintain relationships with key automotive industry people.
  • Contribute insightful and knowledgeable stories to the Motor News section (and to Business Day itself and other titles within Tiso Blackstar Group as required).
  • Manage a small team of staff and freelancers for the Motor News section and for other editorial motoring requirements within Tiso Blackstar Group.
  • Maintain relationships with advertisers in the automotive industry and work closely with the Tiso Blackstar Group sales team in this regard.

Requirements 

Candidates must meet these requirements in order to be considered for this position:

  • Degree or extensive journalistic/newsroom experience in a similar position.
  • Current driver’s licence.
  • Current passport.

Knowledge and skills

  • Solid knowledge of the South African and global automotive industry with extensive industry contacts.
  • Excellent writing skills and command of the English language.
  • Superior time management and communication skills.
  • Advanced driving skills preferable.

The ideal candidate would be:

  • Able to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Adaptable and able to handle pressure.
  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined.
  • A creative thinker able to manage complexity.

Qualified applicants may submit their CV, cover letter, three writing samples and two references to digital managing editor Riaan Wolmarans at wolmaransr@tisoblackstar.co.za.

Closing date: June 26 2018

Tiso Blackstar Group is an affirmative action employer and preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Should we not respond to you within 21 days of your submission, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Industrial writer

Reporting to: Companies editor/editor

Department: Editorial

Location: Johannesburg

Position overview 

Business Day and the Financial Mail are looking for a writer to cover industrial companies and the industrial sector. We’re seeking an applicant with a track record of news analysis and sharp analytical pieces. Storytelling, scoops and the pursuit of ambitious stories are encouraged. Applicants should have a demonstrated knowledge of the industrial sector and be able to drive day-to-day coverage, company earnings, fast-moving breaking news and enterprise stories. The successful candidate will provide content for both print and online, and must be an active participant on social media, or at least demonstrate a working knowledge of digital platforms.  

Main responsibilities/outcomes 

  • Produce well-written, relevant, accurate and balanced news stories;
  • Establish and maintain communication with contacts with a view to sourcing stories;
  • Work to established style and deadlines;
  • Ensure delivery of high quality stories;
  • Perform any other duty as is reasonably assigned by the companies desk;
  • An ability to manage multiple stories simultaneously under strict deadlines and to weigh in quickly with smart analysis;
  • Resourcefulness, attention to detail and the ability to file with speed, accuracy and clarity;
  • Proven ability to write clearly and authoritatively; and
  • Receptiveness to feedback and openness to change.

Minimum qualifications and requirements 

  • Relevant diploma/degree;
  • At least five years’ experience in journalism;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of the retail sector;
  • Excellent news-gathering, research and writing skills;
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Unimpeachable integrity;
  • A solid contact base; and
  • Ability to travel and work irregular hours

Personal skills/attributes 

  • Be self-motivated with an ability to work within a team; and
  • A valid driver’s licence.

Closing date: June 30 2018

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

Tiso Blackstar Group is an affirmative action employer and preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. Should we not respond to you within 21 days of your submission, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.