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Copy Sub Editor

Benefits:Provident Fund, medical aid optional
Location:Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town
Remote work:Some remote work allowed
Education level:Diploma
Job level:Mid
Company:Independent Media Recruiter

Job description

  • Providing an overall copy-editing function for use across multiple titles and platforms (print and digital).
  • Editing copy to remove spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
  • Rewriting material so that it flows or reads better and adheres to the Independent Media house style
  • Ensuring that a story fits a particular word count by cutting, or expanding material as necessary.
  • Writing headlines for digital that are search engine optimised
  • Writing headlines that capture the essence of the story and are clever and/or amusing.
  • Writing (or rewriting) introductions, captions, blurbs and straps.
  • Liaising with production leadership, news editors, multimedia journalists and editors.
  • Checking facts; ensuring content is accurate, adheres to copyright laws, is not libellous or goes against    Independent Media’s policies
  • Gathering and preparing routine information, including sports results, quotes, weather data or TV guides.
  • Performing any other duties, as and when required, across regions and platforms.
  • May be required to design pages if required
  • Checking page proofs.


  • Must have five years working experience in newspaper production.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a knack for diplomacy.
  • Interest in online media and experience using a content management system.
  • Must be fully computer literate on Naviga and InDesign, protocols and workflows
  • Flexibility with regards to shifts, which may change at short notice. 

Required competencies
  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Works quickly and accurately as part of a tightly-knit team under pressure.
  • Meticulous attention to detail - interrogates facts.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving ability.
  • High organisational and team commitment.

Posted on 22 Sep 15:27, Closing date 30 Sep

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