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

Markets writer 

Reporting to: Companies editor/editor

Department: Business Day and Financial Mail editorial 

Location: Johannesburg

Position overview

Business Day and BusinessLIVE are looking for a markets writer. We’re seeking an applicant with a track record of writing news and analysis. Speed and accuracy are essential. The successful candidate must have an understanding of and the ability to write routine markets stories on currencies, bonds and stocks. They must also have an understanding of the principles of economics, knowledge of the stocks listed on the JSE, an understanding of the relationships between different financial instruments, and be able to interpret companies’ financial statements. They must 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.

Main responsibilities and 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 markets 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 three years’ experience in journalism;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of financial markets;
  • 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 and attributes 

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

Closing date: March 31 2019

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 in the next 21 days, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.


Political writer 

Reporting to: Politics editor 

Department: Business Day and Financial Mail editorial 

Location: Johannesburg 

Position overview 

Tiso Blackstar Group has a vacancy for a political writer to write news and analysis for Business Day and the Financial Mail, as well as their online platforms. The successful candidate will have good political contacts 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. They 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 and outcomes

  • Excellent all-round ability in written and spoken English;
  • The ability to deliver accurate work to tight deadlines, for both online and print;
  • 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; and
  • A valid driver’s licence.


Candidates should 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.

Applications deadline: March 31 2019

Qualified applicants may submit their CV, cover letter 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 in the next 21 days, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.