Night General News Journalist needed at Media24 Ltd

Job title : Night General News Journalist

Job Location : Gauteng, Johannesburg

Deadline : May 02, 2024

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Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Break developing and enterprise stories, accurately and quickly;
  • Work to tight deadlines to produce accurate hard news stories, including breaking news;
  • Investigate and research original content and ideas for news stories;
  • Generate and maintain a strong network of contacts across key sections of society, including, but not limited to, police, emergency services, government and state institutions, social justice organisation, non-governmental organisations and community bodies;
  • Write quality news and feature articles, adhering to strict deadlines and News24’s style;
  • Adhere to the quality, style and content standards as laid out and required by News24;
  • Create target-market-specific articles;
  • Generate ideas for news stories on a daily basis;
  • Comply with the requirements of the South African Press Code;
  • Generate and liaise with network of contacts to assist with research or completion of articles/features;
  • Will be required to take photographs and shoot video as required;
  • Live reporting on stories as they unfold, feeding into News24’s live updates;
  • Secure newsmakers for in-depth interviews on topical issues.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Proficient in relevant computer software packages and application;
  • Demonstrable passion for news;
  • Strong knowledge of current affairs;
  • Established network of contacts (over and above official spokespersons);
  • Strong command of English;
  • Creativity;
  • Able to work under extreme pressure and to strict deadlines;
  • Good time management, the ability to multitask effectively and complete tasks timeously;
  • Sound news judgment;
  • Knowledge of the online news environment and digital publishing tools, including mobile video and photos;
  • Knowledge of social media;
  • Detail orientation;
  • Good people skills;
  • Quality orientation and the ability to deliver clean copy;
  • Good decision-making abilities;
  • Persistence and results orientated;
  • Strong questioning and listening skills;
  • The ability to work independently;
  • Resilient.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Diploma or degree in journalism, languages, politics or media studies;
  • Experience writing for a mainstream newspaper or magazine or reporting for an online or wire news operation or a broadcast news service;
  • At least 4 years’ experience;
  • Good general knowledge;
  • Insightful knowledge of South Africa’s socio-political landscape;
  • Knowledge of topical issues and current affairs;
  • Demonstrable network of contacts;
  • Valid driver’s licence;

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