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Online Sub-Editor

Location:Johannesburg, Industria West
Remote work:Not Applicable
Education level:Degree
Job level:Mid
Own transport required:Yes
Company:The Citizen

An opportunity for a skilled copy sub-editor exists within our digital department (Editorial), reporting to the digital editor of The Citizen.

  • Must be competent as a copy sub.
  • Must be able to work according to strict deadlines.
  • Must be passionate about online news and newspapers and have a strong news sense and interest in current affairs.
  • Must work office-based shifts as per operational requirements.
  • Writes or rewrites headlines that work well online, not relying on the headlines off the wires, from journalists or admins, or what was in the paper.
  • Able to correct common and more subtle errors of grammar, typos, etc.
  • Ability and application to rewrite and re-angle copy whenever necessary.
  • Give feedback to team members who commit the same errors repeatedly.
  • Should be able to prioritise stories.
  • Should have enough of a grounding in the facts of whatever stories are dominating the news cycle that he or she will be able to contextualise stories accurately where required or ask the journalist concerned to research and add required information.
  • Should be able to spot and rectify mistakes or have these re-checked if something does not seem right.
  • Should be aware of the laws that govern our industry so that we do not get into trouble legally or from a more general perspective.
  • Names need to be checked and their spelling needs to be consistent.

Core Competencies:

  • An appropriate bachelors or higher degree in journalism/linguistics or appropriate work experience.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in mainstream journalism.
  • Advanced awareness of media law and current trends.

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good administrative skills

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • News awareness
  • Self-motivated
  • Deadline driven
  • Team player

Other requirements:
  • Matric/Grade 12 qualification or SAQA Accredited Equivalent a must
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Own vehicle
  • Solid references
  • No criminal record

Posted on 02 Dec 14:00, Closing date 31 Jan

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The Citizen
The Citizen is a daily national newspaper, distributed Monday to Friday, with its core circulation in Gauteng (82%). Super Saturday Citizen appears on Saturdays.
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