News24 Is Hiring: Court Reporter – South Africa


Main purpose:

To produce relevant, exclusive and factually correct news reports and analysis for News24 and its national audience on court proceedings in Pretoria’s high and lower courts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Produce original fast and slow court reporting and ideas for news, feature and analysis stories;

Report on breaking news stories from Pretoria’s courtrooms;Interview and report on the experiences of victims and witnesses of crime;Write quality news and feature articles, adhering to strict deadlines and News24’s style;Adhere to the quality, style and content standards as laid out and required by the particular publicationLive reporting into News24 live blogs on developing stories;Secure newsmakers for in-depth interviews on topical issues.Skills & Competencies:

Established network of contacts in Pretoria’s courts;
Strong command of English;
Solid understanding of the law and judicial processes in South Africa;
Able to work under pressure and to strict deadlines;
Good time management, the ability to multitask effectively and complete tasks timeously;
Sound news judgment;
Knowledge of the online news environment and digital publishing tools, including mobile video and photos;
Detail orientation;
Good people skills;
Quality orientation and the ability to deliver clean copy, and
Understanding of the SA Press Code and adherence to our code of ethics.
Minimum Requirements:

Relevant tertiary qualification;At least 7 years’ experience in court reporting in Pretoria;Excellent general knowledge;Insightful knowledge of Pretoria and the judicial system;Insightful knowledge of the major crimes affecting South Africa;

Insightful knowledge of the workings of the criminal justice system;

Strong knowledge of topical issues and current affairs;

Demonstrable network of contacts in all levels of law enforcement and/or the courts

Valid driver’s licence;

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