Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Print journalist internship Opportunity 206

In September 2015, Bhekisisa expanded its health coverage to the rest of the African continent. In March 2016, the centre launched its own website.

Our Johannesburg-based reporters travel to other African countries and Bhekisisa staff are also mentoring journalists across Africa to empower them to file solutions-based health features. Moreover, we work with health policymakers, activists and researchers to write opinion pieces. Bhekisisa’s stories are published on our website, the  Mail & Guardian’s website,  M&G Africa’s website, as well as in the weekly newspaper edition of the Mail & Guardian.

The candidate should have strong news instincts with an interest in health and a desire to explore narrative and feature writing. The person should have a better-than-average grasp of the English language, and should be reliable, open to feedback and be able to work independently as well as time manage.
Produce original news and feature print and online content for the Bhekisisa website and the Mail & Guardian newspaper.
  • Proactively pitch ideas for articles. These ideas should be well-thought through and show an awareness of current health news;
  • Work with editors to develop these ideas into either short news stories for the web or longer form features for the website or newspaper. Note: the journalist will be expected to research their story as well as conduct interviews and write the initial draft of their stories independently;
  • Work with a content management system to upload your articles as well as those from fellow reporters and contributors;
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Excellent English writing and language skills, including spelling and grammar, and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and independently while showing initiative;
  • Strong time-management skills;
  • Willingness to work outside normal working hours if need be;
  • Familiarity with the South African Press Code;
  • Must have a strong editorial sense, be able to research stories, conduct interviews and produce stories in their entirety;
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver under time constraints;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Good planning and implementation skills;
  • Strong analytical & conceptual thinking skills;
  • Should have good, sound news judgment;
  • You need to be a South African citizen.
The deadline for applications is 23 September, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.
  • CV;
  • Academic Transcript;
  • A recommendation from a journalism lecturer that includes the lecturer’s contact details (email and phone number). This recommendation should be able to speak to the quality of your work and should be sent directly to the Mail & Guardian at health@mg.co.za. Please ask your lecturer to use your full name and ID number as a subject line;
  • A 400-word motivational statement clearly stating which of the three positions you are applying for and why you would be a good fit for this internship. This motivation should speak to the tasks / qualities outlined in the relevant job description below;
  • Two samples of your writing (for the print internships) or two examples of your multimedia work (for the multimedia internship).
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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