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Remuneration:Market related 
Location:Cape Town, Woodstock
Job level:Junior/Mid
Own transport required:Yes
Travel requirement:Occasional

Job description

VoiceMap is a mobile app, publishing platform and marketplace for location-aware audio tours. Over the last five years, our small team has worked on hundreds of walks, cycles, drives and boat trips in more than 50 countries. We plan to offer thousands more, eventually, and in the process, we expect to establish location-aware audio as a storytelling medium in its own right, with its own set of conventions. We'd also like to continue helping people see the world around them from new, surprising, and sometimes challenging perspectives.

To help us do that, we're looking for a dynamic writer and editor.

The role combines:
  • Original script writing when we develop immersive audio tours for our clients.
  • Digital copywriting when we offer new products to both our partners and our users.
  • Script editing when we receive submissions via our open publishing tool. While this does include polishing up clumsy sentences, you'll also need to make sense of faraway maps and develop a trusting relationship with our community of journalists, tour guides, bloggers, podcasters, and passionate locals.
  • Learning how to use new tools and technology quickly, especially when this might help to improve efficiency or the experience we deliver for partners and users.
  • Testing our apps and providing feedback in clear, reproducible steps.
  • Identifying potential contributors, then emailing them information about VoiceMap and answering questions they might have about the platform, possibly over Skype or something similar. This is a small but important part of how you'll spend your time. 
  • Helping our Head of Production to shepherd large projects, in multiple languages, through the process of translation and recording with contractors both local and foreign.


There is only one requirement:

  • You need to be able to write non-fiction well by finding the drama implicit in every set of facts. This is what we'll look at first. Everything else is a plus.
But some combination of the following is highly advantageous:
  • An excellent sense of direction. (There's a test.)
  • A second language. (Or third, etc.)
  • Experience living overseas.
  • Experience editing audio.
If you're interested, please send a writing portfolio, covering letter and CV to . Unfortunately, we'll only have time to respond to shortlisted candidates.

Posted on 26 Mar 15:41

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