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Politics Editor

Remuneration:negotiable 
Location:Johannesburg, Ferndale
Remote work:Not Applicable
Education level:Degree
Job level:Mid/Senior
Reference:#NATV87
Company:Newzroom Afrika


Job description

Applications are invited for the above-indicated vacancy within Newzroom Afrika.  The incumbent will report to the Editor-in-Chief.

Job purpose

The politics editor will head up Newzroom Afrika’s Politics Desk, which is responsible for covering political news in an engaging, accurate, and entertaining manner.  The Politics Editor, under the leadership of the Editor-in-Chief, will have to shape and create stories and shows that sets Newzroom Afrika apart from other broadcasters in South Africa and beyond.

Key responsibilities:
  • Create and shape the politics strategy for Newzroom Afrika
  • Decide on the editorial direction of the politics desk
  • Create a comprehensive and well-balanced politics calendar for the year
  • Plan detailed coverage of major political events
  • Be aware of legal issues in sensitive news stories
  • Ensuring Newzroom Afrika’s editorial guidelines and values are adhered to
  • Work with input and output teams to ensure live crossings, story deadlines, and other key information is effectively communicated to all team members
  •  Ensure politics diary contains a balance of events and unique stories to set Newzroom Afrika apart from competitors
  • Build and mentor a strong politics team that understands the political landscape
  • The ability to make sense and properly analyse the political landscape
  • Provide sophisticated analyses that are thought-provoking, intelligent, authoritative, and distinctive
  • Have a wide contact base that will lead to the breaking of stories
  • Build relationships with politicians, officials, newsmakers, and activists. 
  • Have the relevant people skills to deal professionally with influential people
  • The Politics Editor has a prominent on-air role – reporting live from the scene of stories, appearing live in the studio, and conducting interviews
  • The ability to guide reporters and shows on longer-term political coverage
  • Must help ensure diversity and plurality of voices in the station’s coverage of political stories and events
  • Help build a strong and dynamic newsroom culture
  • Foster an environment of breaking news and exclusive stories 


Requirements

  • Minimum of 7-10 years experience in journalism, the majority in political reporting
  • Broadcasting experience will be an added advantage
  • Journalism qualification
  • History of breaking political stories
  • Strong sense of ethics and understanding of editorial independence and ethics
  • Ability to lead and manage the team
  • Knowledge of newsroom production systems and workflows
  • Good grasp of English and other South African official languages
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Team player with a passion for news and current affairs
  • Previous management experience advantageous
  • Strong contact base in all major political parties
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to journalistic ethics and values
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure
Values
  • Result-driven
  • Integrity
  • Viewer centric
  • Innovative
  • Teamwork


Company Description

Newzroom Afrika is a premier South African 24-hour TV news channel broadcasting in Southern Africa, East, and West Africa.

Posted on 25 Nov 14:22, Closing date 3 Dec

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Jamela Chomela
careers@newzroomafrika.tv
0104484050

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