Assignment Editor

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Assignment Editor

Remuneration: negotiable 
Location: Johannesburg, Randburg
Remote work: Not Applicable
Education level: Diploma
Job level: Mid
Reference: #NATV84
Company: Newzroom Afrika

Job description

Applications are invited for the above-indicated vacancy within Newzroom Afrika.  The incumbent will report to the input editor .
Job purpose
The a ssignments editor is a key member of the Input Desk, which is responsible for ensuring that the newsgathering process is conducted in a timely, accurate and engaging manner.  Under the leadership of the Head of input editor you will shape and create news coverage that sets Newzroom Afrika apart from other broadcasters in South Africa and beyond. You will also be a key interface between citizen journalists, some of whom may become regular contributors to the channel.
Key responsibilities:
  • Lead reporters diary meetings daily/weekly/monthly
  • Liaise with field reporters daily on stories and investigations for news diary
  • Liaise with citizen journalists and lead the footage verification process from external sources
  • Be aware of legal issues relating to sensitive news stories and have a firm understanding to BCCSA code of conduct and the Press Code
  • Ensure Newzroom Afrika’s editorial guidelines and values are adhered to
  • Work with output team to ensure live crossings, story deadlines and other key information is effectively communicated to all team members
  • Ensure that forward planning is done timeously and maintain an events calendar
  • Ensure diary contains balance of events and unique stories to set Newzroom Afrika apart from competitors
  • Play a mentorship role to young team members
  • Ensure deployment for breaking news stories is done efficiently
  • Co-ordinate stories coming from bureaus and freelancers
  • Manage, grow & mentor the team of field reporters
  • Build strong working relationships with the team of reporters
  • Assist reporters with building their diaries


  • 10 years experience in journalism
  • Previous management experience on assignments or news desk
  • Strong sense of ethics and understanding of editorial independence
  • Knowledge of newsroom production systems and workflows
  • Good grasp of English and other official South African 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 contacts base in various sectors

Company Description

Newzroom Afrika is a premier South African 24-hour TV news channel broadcasting in Southern Africa, East, and West Africa.
Posted on 20 Nov 15:43, Closing date 29 Nov


Jamela Chomela
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