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Remuneration:basic salary 
Benefits:Attractive Monthly Incentive
Education level:Diploma
Job level:Mid/Senior
Company:The South African

Job description

News writers and regional news manager:

Our success is directly attributed to our people and the quality of our team. Finding people who we can trust to deliver to our high standards is something we strive for.

We are currently looking for news, sport, lifestyle/entertainment/motoring and finance writers for our growing publication (Permanent opportunities).

We are also looking for an ambitious and dynamic senior news writer/regional news manager to perform a dual role of writer (first) in news and also a manager (second) to lead its Regional News Team into a new era for the business. The chosen candidate will play a pivotal role in the growth and expansion of as a respected local and regional news publisher, by managing and nurturing a formidable team that is competitive and capable of achieving key milestones and audience targets. The Regional News Manager is a natural leader, with an instinct for making
important decisions at crucial moments, while showing exceptional management and organisational qualities, technical ability, critical thinking, and calmness under pressure.

Key purpose of the roles:

To look for main newsfeed/headline stories and produce 7 to 10 news articles per day.
The day-to-day hands-on operations including; team motivation, recruitment, goal setting, leading and supporting the Regional News Team 

Job description/key outputs (writers): 
  • Quickly identify, produce, and publish main news stories (7-10 per day)
  • Cover major events where necessary and possible
  • Be comfortable reporting on most major SA news
  • Lifestyle writers will be expected to produce entertainment/celebrity/showbiz content
  • Work closely with your line manager to develop story ideas
  • Produce seven to ten stories per day, or more when necessary
  • Generate story ideas
  • Help aggregate stories to give it a fresh feel and read
  • Be proficient on major social media platforms
  • Understand keyword targeting and search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Live blog and live tweet on developing stories or on events when required
  • Maintain relations with all news leads or sources on a daily basis to develop story ideas

Job description/key outputs (regional news manager): 
  • Day-to-day management and monitoring of Regional News Team’s output, duties and targets
  • Compile a Regional News forward diary
  • Allocate push notifications in consultation with the National News Manager
  • Plan and write high impact regional stories with maximum reach
  • Compile the daily news wrap
  • Working with the TT&Q Manager, ensure the Regional News Team maintains high editorial standards and the best SEO practices.
  • Manage Regional News Team, deliverables and be the conduit for day-to-day communications
  • Oversee work schedules for the Regional News Team
  • Help with brainstorming and planning ideas for regional content
  • Assign breaking regional news stories when necessary
  • Attend and feedback in weekly news meetings


  • A degree or similar qualification in journalism and/or communications
  • Two plus years Online publishing experience, with reputable news, academic or industry publisher will be advantageous
  • Three to five years' experience covering a variety of subject matter (i.e. main news stories, sports, culture, lifestyle including entertainment/showbiz/celebrity journalism)
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Able to work independently and be an excellent communicator
  • Passionate about news and the publishing industry
  • Solid knowledge of working on social media platforms
  • Insight into search engine optimisation    
  • Must have a clear grasp of the South African context, cultural nuances etc.
  • In-depth knowledge of news and current affairs
  • In the case of lifestyle writers, an extensive contact base in the TV, music, arts and entertainment industries will be advantageous.
  • Proficient in content management systems, analytics tools an advantage
  • Knowledge of WordPress an advantage

Training and mentoring is a key focus area for The South African, and all new employees will be required to participate in our induction process, which will cover topics such as SEO, WordPress, Google Analytics etc. Training is provided where necessary.

We own other international titles that are managed from South Africa.  If you are interested in writing / blogging in a freelance capacity for an Australian title please send us your CV.

Posted on 30 Nov 09:09, Closing date 28 Jan

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