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 SA's most innovative publishers

Finance and business writer 

Reporting to: Companies editor/editor

Department: Editorial

Location: Johannesburg 

Position overview

Business Day and the Financial Mail are looking for a Finance and Business Writer. 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 business and finance 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 and requirements

  • 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 finance and business;
  • 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.

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

Closing date:  31 July 2018

Tiso Blackstar Group is an Affirmative Action Employer and as such, preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation.  Kindly take note that should we do not respond to you in the next 21 days, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.

 


Financial Mail features editor

Reporting to: Editor

Department: Financial Mail

Location: Johannesburg

Position overview

 The Financial Mail is looking to hire an energetic and creative individual to commission and edit the features section of SA's oldest business publication. We're looking for someone with a solid track record of understanding the news and political economy of the country to work as part of a small team that puts together what we believe is the country's best weekly publication. The ideal candidate will know, for example, which are the stories that demand deeper analysis, further investigation, and contribute towards understanding our society and the political economy better - whether it be the story behind the collapse of VBS Bank, the story behind the collapse of South African Airways, who are the entrepreneurs building SA's Amazon, or the EFF's prospects in the next election. The features editor will commissioning writers, and craft the stories with flair and a sense of the wider context.

Main responsibilities / outcomes

  • Commission journalists to produce well-written, relevant and accurate stories;
  • Manage the production of those stories, from inception to final page proof, including sourcing appropriate graphics and pictures, to tight deadlines.
  • Play a senior leadership role in the newsroom, helping journalists craft stories and panel-beat ideas.
  • Assist and work with the leadership team to fine-tune the magazine
  • Take a leadership role in developing and expanding the website

Minimum qualifications and requirements

  • At least 10 years’ experience in journalism would be ideal;
  • Ability to apply rigorous editing to articles, if needs be, with a keen eye for removing jargon or tautology. A proven personal history of writing excellence is a clear advantage.
  • A working knowledge of business, the political economy and the news environment;
  • Excellent communication skills, organisational ability, and ability to work with people
  • A working knowledge of digital platforms and social media is necessary

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

Closing date:  31 July 2018

Tiso Blackstar Group is an Affirmative Action Employer and as such, preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation.  Kindly take note that should we do not respond to you in the next 21 days, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.