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

Senior motoring reporter

Reporting to: Group motoring editor

Department: Tiso Blackstar Digital

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg

Job outline

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 senior motoring reporter to work in Tiso Blackstar Group’s motoring team, in particular to contribute to the regular Business Day Motor News supplement in print and online.

Main responsibilities 

  • Keep abreast of current trends in the motoring industry and maintain relationships with key people in the industry.
  • Contribute insightful and knowledgeable stories to the Motor News section (and to Business Day itself and other titles within Tiso Blackstar Group as required), in print or online.
  • Source supplementary links, pictures, audio material and videos where necessary.
  • Collaborate with the group motoring editor to fine-tune content when required.
  • Regular diary co-ordination with the group motoring editor.
  • Weekend and after-hours work will be required at times.

Skills and attributes

  • 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.

Skills that would be an advantage

  • Multimedia, radio and/or TV experience.

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree/diploma in journalism or a related field.
  • Current driver’s licence.
  • Current passport.

Applications deadline: September 7 2018

CVs and a short cover letter should be addressed to Riaan Wolmarans, managing editor: digital, on wolmaransr@tisoblackstar.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 in the next 21 days, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Money/personal finance reporter (short-term contract)

Reporting to: Money editor

Department: Tiso Blackstar Digital

Location: Cape Town/Johannesburg

Job outline

We are looking for a reporter to work in Tiso Blackstar Group’s Money (personal finance) team, which produces daily and weekly content for the Financial Mail, Business Day, BusinessLIVE, the Business Times and other Tiso Blackstar Group publications and websites, including advertorial or sponsored copy.

Please note this is a short-term contract valid for six months only.

Main responsibilities 

  • Initiate and produce accurate consumer-focused personal finance news and feature content in plain language for all Money publications.
  • Source supplementary links, pictures, audio and videos where necessary.
  • Keep abreast with current trends in the personal finance and consumer field.
  • Daily diary co-ordination with Money editors.
  • Work with other journalists (print or digital) in the Tiso Blackstar Group newsroom on stories where necessary.
  • Collaborate with Money editor and production editor to fine-tune content.
  • Weekend and after-hours work will be required at times.

Skills and attributes

  • Strong English-language writing and communication skills.
  • Able to analyse data and draw conclusions.
  • In-depth knowledge of the personal finance/financial services industries.
  • Self-motivated team player able to work with writers and sub-editors.

Skills that would be an advantage

  • Ability to use spreadsheets.
  • Multimedia, radio and/or TV experience.

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree/diploma in journalism or a related field.
  • Advantageous: a personal financial qualification or experience.
  • Three years’ or more experience as a consumer/personal finance writer.

Applications deadline: September 7 2018

CVs and a short cover letter should be addressed to Laura du Preez, Money editor, on dupreezl@tisoblackstar.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 in the next 21 days, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Money/personal finance production editor (short-term contract)

Reporting to: Money editor

Department: Tiso Blackstar Digital

Location: Cape Town/Johannesburg

Job outline

We are looking for a production editor to work in Tiso Blackstar Group’s Money (personal finance) team, which produces daily and weekly content for the Financial Mail, Business Day, BusinessLIVE, the Business Times and other Tiso Blackstar Group publications and websites, including advertorial or sponsored copy.

Please note this is a short-term contract valid for six months only.

Main responsibilities 

  • Manage flow of copy from writers according to diary requirements.
  • Edit all copy from writers, ensuring facts are correct and copy is in plain language.
  • Submit copy to relevant publications on deadline.
  • Liaise with sub-editors on content required especially for print pages and manage queries on copy.
  • Produce short Money web articles and work with other journalists in the group on stories where necessary.
  • Manage letters from readers and source replies.
  • Commission copy from writers when necessary and research story ideas.
  • Liaise with sub-editors and graphic artists on production of graphics for Money platforms.
  • Check proofs of print and online content.
  • Liaise with publications’ web teams on social media and other requirements regarding Money content.
  • Troubleshoot technical problems.
  • Weekend and after-hours work will be required at times.

Skills and attributes

  • Strong editing and news editing skills.
  • Strong English-language content writing skills.
  • Ability to analyse data and draw conclusions.
  • Some knowledge of social media management.
  • In-depth knowledge of the personal finance/financial services industries.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Self-motivated team player able to work independently and with writers and sub-editors.

Skills that would be an advantage

  • Ability to work with spreadsheets.

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree/diploma in journalism or a related field.
  • Personal financial qualification or experience.
  • Five years’ or more experience in writing and/or subbing on a personal financial publication.

Applications deadline: September 7 2018

CVs and a short cover letter should be addressed to Laura du Preez, Money editor, on dupreezl@tisoblackstar.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 in the next 21 days, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Web producer

Reporting to: Digital editor

Department: Tiso Blackstar Digital

Location: Parktown

Position: Contract

Job outline

Tiso Blackstar’s digital business unit has a vacancy for a web producer. The successful candidate’s primary role, as a member of the digital production team, will be to edit, commission and enrich content and publish text, pictures audio and video to the web and applications as well as third-party sites, to manage online communities and to perform other journalistic functions as required. The successful candidate will work on all the business websites: BusinessLIVE; Business Day; Financial Mail; RDM and Business Times. 

Skills requirements

The successful candidate will have an editorial background, an excellent news sense and proven skill in writing and editing in English. He or she will be able to work under pressure and on deadline. Some knowledge of print and digital publishing systems, as well as practical experience using social media tools, is also required.

Job-specific requirements and attributes

Competent using electronic editing and digital publishing tools.A good news sense and an understanding of business news. A high level of literacy and the ability to edit text, write headlines as well as package different types of media in a sensible and useful way.The ability to work in a small but very busy team, a willingness to learn, journalistic savvy and a sub-editor’s thoroughness are required for this job.Availability to work in the evenings and on weekends and public holidays. (Note: this position will involve shift work.)

Candidates should also have:

A wide-ranging interest in current affairs;

An understanding of business and financial matters; and

A broad general knowledge.

Applications deadline: September 7 2018

Applications should be addressed to: Malgosia Kijko (email: kijkom@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 in the next 21 days, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.