Junior Sub Editor
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Posted 13 April 2018

Job Details

Job Description

The Witness, a proud source of news in KZN has a vacancy for a Junior Sub Editor.
The main purpose of the role is to ensure that the final copy that is delivered to print is error free.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Relevant qualification in English; language studies or journalism.
  • Proven competence and fluency in the use of the English language.
  • Knowledge of and interest in current affairs.
  • Excellent general knowledge.
  • Proficient in relevant computer packages and software applications and sound knowledge of editorial principles.
  • Willing to work day or late shift.
  • Driver's Licence.

Skills and competencies:

(The abilities that the individual needs to perform this role effectively)

  • Fluency in the languages relevant to the publication
  •  Excellent attention to detail
  •  Pressure resilience
  •  Results orientation
  •  Planning and organising skills
  •  Teamwork


Key responsibilities:

(The primary tasks, functions and deliverables of the role)

  • Edit and proof-read copy, demonstrating sufficient knowledge to cut copy in such a way that it makes sense;
  •  Check for accuracy of facts and correct spelling and grammar;
  •  Write captions, headlines and blurbs that are enticing as well as linguistically and factually correct;
  •  Read page proofs with care and make corrections;
  •  Translate copy, ensuring that it is linguistically and factually correct;
  •  Ensure that copy follows the publication’s specific style regarding grammar, language and spelling  preferences; and
  • Remain informed of and implement the latest language rules as contained in the language style guide.
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.