Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Posted 13 April 2018

Job Details

Job Description

The Witness and KZN Local Newspapers, which are proud sources of news and a part of the Media24 Group, have a vacancy for a Rewriter. The main purpose of the role is to check newspaper articles, correct errors in grammar, spelling, usage style and facts, and rewrite the article to ensure accurate and error-free content in line with the publication’s specific style and quality guidelines. The successful candidate will report to the Chief Sub-Editor and will be based in Pietermaritzburg.

Minimum Requirements:

Relevant degree/diploma in languages, arts or journalism; Proven competence and fluency in the use of relevant languages; At least five years’ experience as a journalist; and At least 2 years’ experience in an editing environment (newspapers, magazines etc.); Sound knowledge of editorial principles; Knowledge of and interest in current affairs; Excellent general knowledge; and Proficient in relevant computer packages and software applications.

Skills & Competencies:

Fluency in the languages relevant to the publication; Excellent attention to detail; Excellent writing communication skills; Pressure resilience; Results orientation; Planning and organising skills; Teamwork.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Check articles for and correct, incorrect spelling, punctuation and grammar; Ensure that formatting, spelling and grammar used in articles, captions and headings are consistent throughout the publication; Correct errors in usage and style, ensuring that content conforms to the publication’s rules and writing standards and guidelines for consistency in how words, phrases, typographical elements, etc are used; Check the sources for all statistics, dates, external data and other facts quoted or attributed in the article, cross check suspicious facts and other information lacking credibility; Identify possible instances of libel; Ensure that any content submitted for publication fits the length and format specifications for each section in the magazine, identifying areas where content can be removed or revised to improve clarity, consistency and accuracy; Rewrite applicable sections of the publication that do not meet style guidelines, or where readability, flow of text etc can be improved; and Write headlines and captions. Coach and mentor young journalists.

About Us:

Media24 is Africa's leading publishing group and offers information and entertainment 24 hours a day. The group has interests in newspapers, magazines, internet businesses, book publishing, printing plants and distribution companies. Many of these publications and businesses are award-winning leaders in their respective fields. Media24 also has many international and local sister companies in the media industry through its holding company, Naspers.