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Health Journalist for Media24 in South Africa - Closing Date 09 October 2020


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Job Description

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24.com is looking for a journalist to join the Health24 team, on a permanent basis. To produce quality, engaging and factually correct health and wellness content, including lifestyle, medical and news, to tight deadlines, on a daily basis.

 Job Outputs

Must generate health-related ideas and content, by writing, repurposing, localising, researching, editing and publishing copy
Must assist the editor in certain news and sub-editing functions
Must optimise all articles – including headings and blurbs, for SEO
Must adhere to the quality and content standards as laid out and required by Health24.com
Must liaise with network of contacts to assist with research or completion of health-related articles/features
Will be responsible for the creation or briefing of health-related multimedia content, including galleries, video and infographics
May have to curate and aggregate health-related content from a variety of online and offline sources
May have to take responsibility for the quality of content and the general appearance of certain sections of the website (especially sponsored sections)
May be required to liaise with clients regarding editorial requirements for sponsored sections or campaigns
May be required to assist and support freelance staff and junior permanent staff
May be required to translate material
May be required to attend functions, launches, conferences etc on behalf of Health24.
Skills and competencies

Must have the ability to write in and easily switch between a variety of styles, from lifestyle content to writing about medical topics, chasing up relevant hard-news health stories, to popular and informal opinion pieces, as well human-interest stories.
Must have the ability to interpret medical and scientific studies and data and rewrite them in colloquial style
Must have the ability to edit copy from other parties
Must have nose for news with a specific interest in health
Must be a digital native with a good understanding of online media, including SEO
Must have excellent English language writing, subbing and editing skills
Must be an avid reader and consumer of a wide variety of digital content
Must be versatile and flexible, and adaptable to change
Must be able to perform under pressure, with short turn-around times and generating a large volume of original content on a weekly basis
Must have sound knowledge of social media and how to utilise the platforms for a brand

Qualifications and experience

A media studies, journalism, language or communications degree or diploma
Must have experience in the journalism industry, preferably in an online medical writing/health and lifestyle environment
Must have a good understanding of the health landscape in South Africa
Good range of contacts in relevant health industries will be advantageous
Experience with news editing, and sub-editing
Must have Photoshop and basic image editing skills
Must have knowledge of SEO best practices
CMS experience will be advantageous

If shortlisted, the candidate will be required to submit a writing assessment covering medical, and lifestyle content.

Disclaimer: Preference will be given to employment equity candidates.

Job Details
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Minimum experience
Company primary industry
Media Production
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