Digital News Editor

Location:Johannesburg, Industria West
Education level:Degree
Job level:Senior
Own transport required:Yes
Company:The Citizen

Job description

Main responsibilities:
  • Quickly identify, assign and publish news stories.
  • Work closely with content producers and journalists to develop stories.
  • Drive best digital and social media practices to create engaging content.
  • Monitor audience metrics and adapt content to increase users and maximize engagement.
  • Edit and rewrite reporters’ copy and also produce/write digital stories.
  • Gather news by monitoring the wires and other media to ensure that topical stories are being picked up on.
  • Generate story ideas.
  • Check accuracy of articles by reporters and content administrators.
  • Attend general news meetings and update news diary daily.
  • Coordinate news flow by ensuring relevant stories discussed during the morning meeting are covered and uploaded according to deadlines.
  • Ensure that news articles from the print and digital departments are shared effectively on social media.
  • Line edit stories in order to identify problems such as libel or inaccuracy and to ensure complete fairness.
  • Liaise with photographic department to ensure visual elements of stories.
  • Liaise with fellow editors, reporters, production desk, bureaus and senior editors.
  • Mentor and train content administrators and interns in order to produce outstanding copy.
  • Assist in hiring staff.
  • Drive the social media strategy.

Core competencies:

  • An appropriate bachelor’s or higher degree in Journalism or appropriate work experience.
  • Minimum eight years’ experience in mainstream journalism, with a proven track record in hard news gathering and digital newsroom experience.
  • Suitable experience managing a news desk / team of reporters
  • Good talent for writing and copy tasting abilities
  • Advanced awareness of the media law and current trends
  • Good news gathering skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent people management 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 essential
  • Valid driver’s licence a must
  • Own vehicle a must
  • Ability to work irregular hours
  • Solid references
  • No criminal record

Posted on 18 Feb 11:13

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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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