Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Print / Social Media Intern Journalist 2016

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 and news writing abilities. This person has an interest in health and strong desire to understand more about the use of social media within journalism as well as web analytics.

Produce regular short, health news pieces as well as social media content for the Bhekisisa website as well as official social media accounts. There is some space to work on longer features for online and the 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 short news stories. 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 closely with editors to produce social media content;
  • Assist editors in tracking web and social media trafficking, developing an understanding of web and social media metrics;
  • Work with a content management system to upload your articles as well as those from fellow reporters and contributors;
  • Compile daily copy tastes for team when asked;
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Excellent English writing and language skills, including spelling and grammar, and attention to detail;
  • 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;
  • Familiarity with the South African Press Code;
  • Ability to write about topics such as gender-based violence and HIV in a sensitive manner;
  • Familiarity with TweetDeck, HootSuite as well as Facebook, Twitter or Google Analytics is an added advantage. Prior experience with any content management system is also an asset;
  • You need to a South African citizen.
Prospective candidates must be final year journalism students at a university or journalism students studying towards an honours journalism degree. Students must be available to complete a four-week internship between November 2016 and January 2017.

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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