Day Editor: News24 (Cape Town)
Media24
Cape Town, Western Cape
Permanent
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Posted 22 March 2019 - Closing Date 29 March 2019

Job Details

Job Description

Main purpose of the job

To grow News24’s audience by informing, educating and delighting our readers with the right mix of content that is published on our digital platforms during the day.


Job Outputs
  • The Day Editor manages production and publishing of content during the day and will ensure that fresh and accurate content is published and ranked appropriately for maximum impact.
  • Liaising closely with the editor-in-chief, the heads of news and the associate editor about the tone and content mix of News24.
  • Update the home stream throughout the day (breaking news immediately and updating throughout), taking into consideration offerings from our other verticals.
  • Ensure that spelling and grammatical errors are kept to a minimum and that the team writes stellar headlines that attract the biggest possible audience.
  • Prioritise breaking news in conjunction with the assistant editor: breaking news to entrench our brand promise of ‘breaking news first’.
  • Administer shift rosters and the staffing of weekend shifts.
  • Ensure that traffic and audience targets are consistently met. 
  • Obsessively analyse traffic to our site and reader behavior to improve and grow our content offering and distribution.

Skills and competencies
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines 
  • Burning passion for breaking news and setting the agenda
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent digital skills and experience with a passion for innovation
  • Excellent analytical skills and passionate about the use of data in journalism
  • Problem-solving, can-do attitude 
Qualifications and experience
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in journalism, languages or media studies; 
  • At least 10 years’ editorial experience; 
  • Previous experience in online editing. 
  • A sound editorial knowledge, including proficiency as a writer with strong editing skills; 
  • In-depth knowledge of the target market; 
  • Proficiency in relevant content management programs and analytical tools

About Us:
Media24 is a leading media company in Africa with interests in digital media, newspapers, magazines, printing, distribution, book publishing, job classifieds and ecommerce. Media24’s digital media division, 24.com, is a leading African network of popular digital publishing brands and online services across internet, mobile and applications. 24.com is dedicated to creating and sustaining uniquely African online and mobile communities. As South Africa’s largest digital publishing house, the network welcomes over 16 million local unique browsers monthly. Media24 is part of Naspers, a multinational group of media and ecommerce platforms.

Disclaimer: Preference will be given to employment equity candidates.