Media24 Is Hiring-Deputy Editor: Lifestyle – South Africa

Closing Date: 22 March 2023

Main purpose of the role:

Accountable for overseeing and managing the editing, writing and appearance of News24 Life’s wellness, relationship, and local celebrity sections. To assist the editor in managing the editorial team and stand in for the editor as and when required.

Key responsibilities:

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

Oversee and guide journalists;

Stand in for lifestyle editor when they are absent or on leave;Manage wellness, relationship, and local celebrity sections as assigned by editor;Create an editorial voice and personality for the assigned sections that reflects the aspirations and interests of the target audience;

Create, plan, implement and manage the content strategy, vision, and guidelines for assigned sections to drive pageviews, and subsribers;Align editorial goals with company strategic direction;Leverage technology and multimedia capabilities;Create and implement a daily, weekly and monthly editorial calendar to increase traffic to the site and drive cross-network traffic and engagement;

Source and create features, ensuring all copy is delivered within stipulated deadlines and to standard, rejecting copy that is not to brief or standard;Manage, co-ordinate and drive daily uploading of relevant, fresh and accurate content that will drive traffic to the site, ensuring that content is loaded correctly with the correct meta tagging and meta descriptions;Participate in the recruitment and selection of employees for the editorial team;

Manage employee performance and daily duties including setting expectations, providing clear feedback and coaching for improvement;

Ensure that the sections are meeting targets in terms of unique users, page impressions and subscribers, etc.Analyse site traffic and constantly look to improve and grow traffic through modifying editorial coverage, improving packaging etc;

Oversee and grow the social networking, community and user-generated content elements of the site;Continue to deliver regular newsletters and mailers;Manage relationships with the industry, partners and sister publications;

Skills and competencies:

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

Pressure resilience
Result Orientation
Excellent written communication
Excellent verbal communication skills in required languages
Good interpersonal skills
Excellent attention to detail
Excellent journalistic skills
Problem-solving ability
Planning and organising skills
Sound judgment

Qualification (Required):

Relevant tertiary qualification in journalism, languages or media studies.

Experience (Required):

5-7 years’ editorial experience; Previous experience in online editing.

Prior knowledge (Required):

Sound editorial knowledge, including proficiency as a writer with strong editing skills; In-depth knowledge of the target market; Proficiency in relevant computer software packages and applications. In depth knowledge of relevant content areas; Good general knowledge. A well-established contact base or network.

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