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News Reporterx 2 (KZN)

5 days ago
Application ends: August 12, 2024
Deadline date:
August 12, 2024

Job Description

News Reporterx 2 (KZN)

Location:Johannesburg, Ferndale, Randburg
Education level:Degree
Job level:Mid/Senior
Company:Newzroom Afrika

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

Job prupose

The KZN news reporter is a key member of the Newsroom who is assigned to stories daily. The KZN news reporter under the leadership of the input editor and assignments editor plays a critical role in contributing to the news agenda that sets Newzroom Afrika apart from other broadcasters in South Africa and beyond. You will also be a key interface between members of the public to bring us fresh stories throughout the day. The KZN news reporter is a key member of the Newsroom who is assigned to stories daily.

The news reporter will cover stories for both the English and isiZulu channel.

Key responsibilities:

  • Pitch thoroughly investigated stories daily as part of the contribution to the daily diary.
  • Write well-researched blurbs in conjunction with assignments as part of the contribution to the daily diary.
  • Accept and research story ideas given by the assignments editor
  • Compile a strong, compelling and balanced forward planning diary weekly in conjunction with the assignments editors and input editor
  • Contribute to the forward planning calendar
  • Conduct research and present unique story ideas daily/weekly
  • Produce at least two exclusive news story per week
  • Develop a strong contact base to help generate unique story ideas and exclusive stories
  • Under the guidance of the input editor and assignments editor to respond timeously and appropriately to breaking news and developing stories
  • Check the wires, news sites and newspapers for stories of interest
  • Conduct preliminary interviews before heading out on stories
  • Cover stories in High Court, regional court and magistrates court on a regular basis
  • Cover stories in the legislature as and when required
  • Cover political stories as and when required
  • Arrange and conduct strong live and pre-recorded interviews daily
  • Cover stories for both our English and iZulu channel
  • Ask probing questions and follow up questions during live and pre-recorded interviews and press briefings
  • Conduct in-depth in-studio interviews that are informative and professional as required
  • Brief camera operator timeously about the daily assignments
  • Ensure a variety of voices are represented in stories
  • Write strong quality scripts with depth in line with the visuals accompanying the story
  • Check archives for appropriate visuals accompanying the stories
  • Provide a shot-list with the submitted script
  • Provide a summary of bytes were unable to transcribe soundbites
  • Check facts to ensure the story is factual and balanced
  • Meet deadlines set daily
  • Required to travel to stories as and when required
  • Maintain good communication between input editor, assignments desk, output desk
  • Provide regular updates to the output and assignments desk as the stories develop
  • Send strong and fresh regular updates to the output desk while out on stories
  • Live tweet while out on assignments from the official Newzroom Afrika account
  • With the assistance of the social media desk compile accurate tweets for the social media
  • Attend training as and when required
  • Develop a firm understanding of Newzroom Afrika’s disciplinary and leave policies
  • Develop a firm understanding of Newzroom Afrika’s travel policy

Skills and competencies

  • Three to five years of experience in journalism
  • Three-year tertiary qualification in journalism or similar field
  • Knowledge of Newzroom production systems and workflows
  • Mojo experience will be an added experience
  • Good grasp of English and isiZulu languages
  • Must be prepared to work shift hours, including early morning and late evening
  • Team player with a passion for news and current affairs
  • Strong contact base in various sectors
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
  • Adapt and flexibility in a changing environment
  • Optimising content and technology
  • Clear knowledge, expertise of content lifecycle, content management systems and process.
  • Ability to collaborate at all levels
  • Ability to work well within the team
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Excellent writing skills


  • Result driven
  • Integrity
  • Viewer centric
  • Innovative
  • Teamwork

Posted on 08 Jul 10:39, Closing date 17 Jul


The Recruiting officer
010 448 4050