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.

Deputy Editor 

 

Reporting to: Editor 

Department: Editorial

Location: Johannesburg

 

Position overview

Business Day is looking for a Deputy Editor. The position entails deputising for the Editor when he is unavailable; assisting with the daily management of the newsroom; motivating and developing staff, particularly writers; overseeing the subs desk and production team; handling complaints and corrections; and writing editorial opinions, a column and occasionally news stories for Business Day.  

 

Main responsibilities/outcomes 

  • Managing Business Day’s daily news diary meetings;
  • Have a good overview of general and companies news and what stories the newspaper should be covering;
  • Oversee the operation of the news and companies desks;
  • Assisting in the development of stories;
  • Commissioning writers where appropriate, in conjunction with section editors;
  • Attend management meetings when necessary;
  • Engage with writers on specific stories;
  • Provide practical assistance, ideas and solutions;
  • Communicate with writers when work is well done or when mistakes are made;
  • Identify training needs;
  • Liaise with the public/stakeholders regarding complaints and corrections;
  • Refer complaints from the Press Council to the relevant internal channels;
  • Write editorial opinions that engage in relevant debate and position the newspaper appropriately while remaining accurate and engaging in interesting and thought-provoking topics in both editorial opinions and columns.

Minimum qualifications and requirements 

Relevant diploma/degree;

At least 10 years’ experience in journalism, including some editorial-management experience;

  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Unimpeachable integrity;
  • Ability to work irregular hours.


Qualified applicants may submit their CV, cover letter and two references to Managing Editor Kevin O’Grady at ogradyk@businesslive.co.za

Closing date:  31 May 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.


Web producer

 

Reporting to: Digital editor

Department: Tiso Blackstar Digital

Location: Parktown

 

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.
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Applications deadline: 31 May 2018

Applications should be addressed to: Business Day digital editor Malgosia Kijko (email: kijkom@businesslive.co.za)

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.


Retail Writer

 

Position overview

Business Day and the Financial Mail are looking for a Retail 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 the retail 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.

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:  20 June 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.