JOB AD | Sunday Times deputy editor

Here's your chance to join the team at one of South Africa's most innovative publishers

Hill on Empire, the Tiso Blackstar Group headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Hill on Empire, the Tiso Blackstar Group headquarters in Parktown, Johannesburg.
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Sunday Times deputy editor

Reporting to: Sunday Times editor

Department: Sunday Times

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg

Job outline:

The Sunday Times is inviting applications for the position of deputy editor for its weekly and daily products. The person will have to have a well-established reputation in the media world. If you have a fine-tuned ear for the shifting gears of our democracy and an impeccable sense of news and ethics, we invite you to apply.

The person we are looking for is someone who thrives on urgency but has the ability to remain calm under constant pressure. The person must be able to manage senior journalists while bringing out the best in our junior reporters and helping them reach their full potential. 

Your role will be to manage editorial projects, help develop the tone and direction of the newspaper, assist in steering the news strategy of the platforms, retain and develop talent in the newsroom and deputise for the editor as required. The ability to keep a cool head under pressure is essential.

Most importantly, the ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of the country’s political economy and its political landscape; the ability to handle and direct teams of journalists who are at the forefront of reporting the complex South African story; and a strong grasp of government policy and the direction that the country is taking. 

The story of the South African economy is important to the Sunday Times, so your understanding of dominant economic forces, mainstream industries and state-owned enterprises is essential. Add your extensive network of contacts (ministers, captains of industry, CEOs and senior public servants) across key sectors of our society and the job is yours. 

Personal attributes

The successful candidate should hold a post-graduate degree in journalism or the equivalent; lead by example and work well across teams; be a strong newsroom leader; thrive under pressure and remain calm in the face of challenges; have a minimum of eight years of newsroom management; and take pride in and ownership of the work done by the team. 

Journalistic and management skills

Exceptional news judgment and editing in a fast-paced publishing environment; upholding the highest journalistic standards and ethics; understands the Sunday Times brand, its content and its various digital and print platforms; a proven record in nurturing a culture of newsroom collaboration and innovation; overseeing a team of senior editors and helping them make progress and learn; a proven track record of driving digital-first news workflows; and a proven track record of managing workflows and shifts that reflect a multi-deadline newsroom.

Digital skills (these will be an added advantage)

An understanding of digital publishing platforms, editorial tools, metadata and coding; an understanding of digital audience metrics and audience patterns; experience in a multi-platform news environment; experience or knowledge of journalism for a digital audience and its different styles and techniques; and experience or knowledge of building a premium subscription audience.

Applications deadline: July 13 2018

E-mail subject line: Sunday Times deputy editor

Applications should be addressed to:

Tiso Blackstar applies the principles of the Employment Equity Act and, as such, preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organisation. If we do not respond to you in the next two months, you may regard your application as unsuccessful.